July 5 Weather History

...1882... A trace of snow fell at Newton, New Jersey and at other points in the northeastern section of the country.

...1891... Sixteen horses were killed by hail, and many more have to be put to death due to injuries from a hailstorm at Rapid City SD.

...1900... A spectacular three day fire began when a bolt of lightning struck a refinery in Bayonne NJ.

...1916... A hurricane produced 82 mph winds, an 11.6 foot tide, and a barometric pressure of 28.92 inches at Mobile AL.

...1919... The high temperature peaked at 95 degrees at Newport, Rhode Island, setting the record high temperature for the date; it was later tied in 1999.

...1936... The state record high temperature for South Dakota was set in the town of Gann Valley. The mercury hit 120 degrees.

...1937... The temperature at Medicine Lake MT soared to 117 degrees to establish a state record. (Sandra and TI Richard Sanders - 1987) Midale and Yellow Grass in Saskatchewan hit 113 degrees to establish an all-time record high for Canada that same day.

...1970... The morning low at Death Valley CA was 103 degrees, and the high that afternoon was 120 degrees.

...1979... At Newport, Rhode Island the low temperature fell to 50 degrees, breaking the old record of 51 degrees that was set in 1954 and 1982.

...1986... The early morning temperature at Boise, Idaho dropped to a crisp 35 degrees, breaking the previous record for this day of 43 degrees (in 1977) and breaking the record low temperature for the entire month at Boise.

...1987... Severe thunderstorms raked south central Kansas for the second morning in a row. Thunderstorm winds again gusted to 80 mph at Clearwater, and in the Wichita area reached 100 mph. Twenty-five persons were injured at a trailer park at El Dorado Lake.

...1988... Afternoon and evening thunderstorms spawned eleven tornadoes in Montana and three in North Dakota. Baseball size hail was reported at Shonkin MT, and wind gusts to 85 mph were reported south of Fordville ND. Twenty cities in the north central U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date, including Fargo ND with a reading of 106 degrees. Muskegon MI equaled their July record with a high of 95 degrees.

...1989... Moisture from what once was Tropical Storm Allison triggered thunderstorms over the Middle Atlantic Coast Region, which deluged Wilmington DE with a record 6.83 inches of rain in 24 hours, including 6.37 inches in just six hours. Up to ten inches of rain was reported at Claymont, northeast of Wilmington. July 1989 was thus the wettest month in seventy years for Wilmington, with a total of 12.63 inches of rain. Alamosa CO reported an all-time record high of 94 degrees, and Pierre SD hit 113 degrees.

...1993... Big rains deluged the Central Plains once again as one of the greatest river floods in U.S. history continued to unfold. 24 hours totals ending at 7 am included 5.90 inches at Columbia, Iowa, 5.50 inches at Chariton, Iowa, 5.15 inches at Centralia, Kansas, and 4.80 inches at Haddam, Kansas.

...1999... It was a very hot and muggy day at Newport, Rhode Island. The high temperature peaked at 95 degrees (tying the record that was set in 1919), the dew point was recorded at 77 degress, breaking that record of 73 degrees that was set in 1973 and the heat index soared to 107 degrees, breaking the old record of 98 degrees that was set in 1955.

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