July 12 Weather History

...1818... The temperature hit 103 degrees in Woodbury, New Jersey, the "hottest since the Battle of Monmouth in '78."

...1842... A hurricane struck eastern North Carolina. It was described as "the worst in 80 years". 28 vessels were washed up onto the beaches and Portsmouth Village was washed away.

...1900... The record high temperature for the state of Wyoming was set in the town of Basin. The thermometer hit 114 degrees.

...1951... The Kaw River flood occurred. The month of June that year was the wettest of record for the state of Kansas, and during the four days preceding the flood much of eastern Kansas and western Missouri received more than ten inches of rain. Flooding in the Midwest claimed 41 lives, left 200 thousand persons homeless, and caused a billion dollars property damage. Kansas City was hardest hit. The central industrial district sustained 870 million dollars property damage.

...1980... Lightning struck a large broiler house in Branford FL, and the ensuing fire broiled 11,000 nearly ready broilers. Firemen were able to save a few thousand chickens, however.

...1987... Cool air invaded the High Plains Region. Eight cities reported record low temperatures for the date, including Sheridan WY with a reading of 37 degrees. Thunderstorms developing along the cold front in the central U.S. produced 6.5 inches of rain at Fort Dodge IA, and 2.5 inches in one hour at St Joseph MO.

...1988... Evening thunderstorms produced severe weather over the Dakotas, including baseball size hail at Aberdeen SD, and softball size hail near Fullerton ND. Thunderstorms produced heavy rain in Arkansas and northeastern Texas, with 6.59 inches reported at Mesquite TX in just an hour and fifteen minutes. Garland TX reported water up to the tops of cars following a torrential downpour.

...1989... Early morning thunderstorms over eastern Kansas deluged McFarland with more than six inches of rain. Afternoon thunder- storms in Wyoming produced up to eighteen inches of dime size hail near Rock Springs, along with torrential rains, and a three foot high wall of mud and water swept into the town causing more than 1.5 million dollars damage. Evening thunderstorms produced severe weather in Oklahoma and Arkansas, deluging Dardanelle AR with 3.50 inches of rain in less than twenty minutes. About seventy cows were killed when lightning struck a tree in Jones County TX.

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