Listed are Meteorological events that happened on July 24th:
Rain fell at Lawrence, KS for the first time in four weeks. Rain fell over much of the state of Kansas that day relieving a severe drought which began in May.
A tornado cut a 50 mile long swath of damage through the Treviso-Udine area of northeastern Italy killing 23 people.
Searing heat prevailed in the San Joaquin Valley in California. Many locations saw highs of 110° or better from the 21st through the 26th. Highs on this date reached 114° at Bakersfield, 113° at Hanford, 112° at Madera and 111° Wasco.
A terrible heat wave settled over much of the Midwest. South Bend, IN and Chicago, IL set their all-time high temperature records of 109° and 105° respectively. Lansing, MI equaled their all-time high temperature of 102°. Grand Rapids hits 103°, part of a string of five out of six days at or above 100°.
All-time record high temperatures were established for Kansas with 121° at Alton and Nebraska with 118° at Minden.
The temperature at Las Vegas, NV hit 117° to set an all-time record for that location.
One of the most powerful strokes of lightning ever measured yielded 345,000 amps of electricity at Pittsburgh, PA.
Claudette, a slow moving weak tropical storm, deluged southeastern Texas with torrential rains. The Houston suburb of Alvin received 43 inches, a 24 hour record for the U.S.
Many cities in the eastern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date. The high of 91° at Beckley, WV was their hottest reading in 25 years of records, and marked their 3rd straight day of record 90 degree heat. Other record highs included: Baltimore, MD: 97°, Dulles Airport, VA: 97°, Milton, MA: 96°, Hartford, CT: 96°, Washington, D.C.: 96°, Portland, ME: 95°, Burlington, VT: 95°, Philadelphia, PA: 95°, Wilmington, DE: 95°, Providence, RI: 94°, Atlantic City, NY: 93° and Bridgeport, CT: 92°.
Bakersfield CA dipped to 60°, marking their 8th straight morning of record cool weather.
Afternoon thunderstorms produced flash flooding in parts of New Mexico. Albuquerque was deluged with 1.50 inches of rain in 40 minutes.
Evening thunderstorms soaked White Pine, PA with two inches of rain in one hour.
A severe thunderstorm struck southern Hyde County in South Dakota, including the city of Highmore, with winds in excess of 60 mph and heavy rains of 2 to 4 inches. Near Stephan, an estimated 4 inches of rain fell in 20 minutes causing flood damage around a bridge. 3 to 9 inches of rain caused widespread flash flooding and flood damage to Day, Roberts, and southeastern Marshall Counties. Especially hard hit was an area from Webster, northeastward through the Pickerell and Buffalo Lakes area, to Sisseton. A state of emergency was declared in Sisseton. The heavy rains overwhelmed a small creek that flows through Sisseton, swelling it to three blocks wide and up to 5 feet deep. The rushing water carried lumber, railroad ties, propane tanks, and several vehicles. Flood damage occurred to 70% of all buildings in Sisseton, including 100 homes. Roads and bridge damage was also extensive in Roberts, Day, and Marshall Counties with about 50 roads and bridges in Day County damaged by the flooding. Areas lakes, including Pickerell, Blue Dog, Enemy Swim, and Buffalo lakes rose over two feet, inundating areas around lake homes and submerging docks. Some estimated storm total rainfall amounts included: 4.60 inches at Webster; 3.91 at Waubay; 3.90 at Britton; and 3.60 inches near Ashton.
During the late afternoon and evening hours thunderstorms exploded over southeast Nebraska. The atmosphere was extremely moist and unstable and copious amounts of rainfall occurred over parts of Nebraska. The line of thunderstorms then advanced into Iowa at nearly 60 mph. An amazing two inches of rain fell in 30 minutes at Council Bluffs. Winds of 70 mph or greater were widespread across western Iowa. 75 mph winds also struck southeast of Treynor. Structural damage was reported.
Severe thunderstorms slashed through west and south Oklahoma City, OK just after midnight, leaving 175,000 people without power. Cleanup from downed trees took several weeks. Will Rogers Airport reported a wind gust of 97 mph.
Madrid, Spain's hottest day on record occurred as the high peaked at 108°.
Tropical Storm Cesar formed near the north coast of Venezuela, becoming the first July storm to ever develop here. Cesar reached hurricane intensity on July 28th before hitting Nicaragua. Cesar crossed Central America and was renamed Douglas in the eastern Pacific. It regained hurricane force the next day, continuing westward into early August.
A wet microburst centered over eastern Presidio, TX caused extensive damage over portions of the city. The winds destroyed 7 mobile homes and damaged up to 50 homes, businesses, and a school. Wind estimates put the speeds at up to 100 mph in the worst damage. Eight families were left homeless after the storm. Power was out for about 5.5 hours in parts of the city.
On this date through the 26th, surf 7 to 10 feet high with sets to 12 feet was generated by an intense south Pacific winter storm south of Tahiti. More than 500 rescues were made at southern California beaches.
A severe thunderstorm formed near Sloan and moved north into the Las Vegas Valley in Nevada. Lightning from the storm struck five rescue personnel as they rendered aid to occupants of an overturned truck along Interstate 15 near Sloan. As the storm moved north, outflow winds estimated at 65-70 mph were observed by a NWS meteorologist near Lake Mead Drive and Interstate 15. Before dissipating, the thunderstorm produced another lightning strike which set fire to an apartment building in Henderson.
Sydney, Australia's second longest dry spell on record came to an end. This dry spell lasting 34 days started on June 20. Normally 5.11 inches of rain falls in June and 3.90 inches in July.
The overnight low temperature at Death Valley, CA was an unbelievable 104°.
Excessive heat and humidity occurred across the Midwest during the second part of July. Daytime temperatures ranged from the mid 90s to around 105°, with heat index values of 105° to 115°. On this date, Peoria, IL reported their first 100 degree day in 10 years with a high of 104°, which was its warmest reading since a 105° temperature in July 1988. The dry conditions across the region helped to temper the stifling humidity that normally occurs across this area during the summer.
Coronach, Saskatchewan Canada’s afternoon temperature soared to 107° and an automated weather station at Rockglen, Saskatchewan hit an unofficial high of 115°. Had that reading been official, it would have exceeded Canada’s highest temperature ever.
Miles City, MT hit 110° for the second consecutive day. This was not only a daily record high but their second highest temperature ever recorded. The low of 79° set an all-time record high minimum.
A tornado fluctuated between the category EF1 and the more destructive EF2 struck Northwood and Pittsfield in central New Hampshire as well as 9 other towns. It first touched down in Deerfield, then travels through Northwood, Epsom, Pittsfield, Barnstead and Alton. From there, it raged through New Durham, Wolfeboro, Freedom, Ossipee and Effingham. The storm destroyed several homes, damaged dozens of others and killed at least one person.
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