...1893... A violent tornado killed 71 persons on its forty-mile track across northwestern Iowa. Forty-nine persons were killed around Pomeroy, where eighty percent of the buildings were destroyed, with most leveled to the ground. Photos showed most of the town without a wall or tree left standing.
...1928... A hailstorm at Potter NE produced a stone which was 5.5 inches in diameter, and seventeen inches in circumference, weighing a pound and a half.
...1936... Steele, North Dakota hit 121 degree which is the highest temperature ever recorded in North Dakota. A record high temperature was also set at Moorhead, Minnesota where the temperature reached 114 degrees.
...1965... The relative humidity fell to 26% at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the old record of 27% set in 1952.
...1979... At Newport, Rhode Island the low temperature dipped to 50 degrees, breaking the previous record of 53 degrees set in 1953.
...1980... A wind gust of 39 miles per hour was recorded at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 33 degrees set in 1951.
...1985... Lightning struck a large transformer in Salt Lake County sending a 200 foot fireball into the air and blacking out almost the entire state for up to five hours.
...1986... Thunderstorm rains during the mid morning hours, and again during the evening, produced major flash-flooding at Leavenworth KS. The official rainfall total was 10.37 inches, but unofficial totals exceeded twelve inches. At nearby Kansas City, the rainfall total of 5.08 inches was a daily record for July.
...1987... Thunderstorms produced severe weather in twenty-one states east of the Rockies, with severe weather reported in Kentucky and Indiana for the second day in a row. A thunderstorm produced more than five inches of rain in one hour near Reynolds IL. Rochester NY was soaked with 3.25 inches, a record 24 hour total for the month of July.
...1988... Thirty-six cities in the north central and northeastern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date. Afternoon highs of 98 degrees at International Falls MN and 101 degrees at Flint MI equaled all-time records. Highs of 96 degrees at Muskegon MI and 97 degrees at Buffalo NY were records for July.
...1989... Unseasonably hot weather prevailed in the southwestern U.S. Ten cities reported record high temperatures for the date, including Las Vegas NV with a reading of 115 degrees. Hanksville UT reached 112 degrees, Bullhead City AZ hit 120 degrees, and Death Valley CA soared to 126 degrees.
...1994... The dew point peaked at 77 degrees at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 76 degrees, set back in 2010 and 2013. Heavy rains from the remnants of Tropical Storm Alberto produced major flooding across central and northern Georgia -- one of the worst ever for the state. Three day rainfall totals exceeded 15 inches in the Atlanta metro area. 21.10 inches was recorded at Americus. Macon was deluged with 9.73 inches in 24 hours. Massive road closings were common, along with numerous bridge washouts. Over 800,000 acres of land in Georgia and Alabama were flooded. 30 people lost their lives and 50,000 people were forced from their homes. Total damage exceeded $750 million.
...2007... Missoula, Montana soared to 107 degrees for its all-time record high temperature.
...2010... The temperature at Newport, Rhode Island peaked at 98 degrees, breaking the record of 92 degrees set in 1999 and is the highest temperature recorded for July. The heat index rose to 111 degrees, breaking the daily record of 103 degrees, also set in 1999 and it is the second highest heat index for July.