July 22 Weather History

...1918... A single bolt of lightning struck 504 sheep dead in their tracks at the Wasatch National Forest in Utah. Sheep often herd together in storms, and as a result the shock from the lightning bolt was passed from one animal to another.

...1926... At Newport, Rhode Island the high temperature peaked at 96 degrees, breaking the old record of 90 degrees set in 1918.  The record high temperature for the state of New York was set at Troy. The temperature climbed to 108 degrees.

...1937... The low temperature at Newport, Rhode Island fell to 55 degrees, setting the record low for the date. The previous low was 57 degrees that was set i909 and 1929.

...1947... 2.58 inches of rain fell at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the old record of 1.09 inches that was set back in 1897.

...1986... Hurricane Estelle passed 120 miles south of the Hawaiian Islands creating a ten to twenty foot surf. The large swells resulted from a combination of high tides, a full moon, and 50 mph winds. The hurricane also deluged Oahu Island with as much as 6.86 inches of rain on the 24th and 25th of the month.

...1987... Barrow AK receives 1.38 inches in 24 hours on the 21st and 22nd, an all-time record for that location. The average annual precipitation for Barrow is just 4.75 inches. Thunderstorms in Montana produced 4 to 6 inches of rain in Glacier County causing extensive flooding along Divide Creek. Missoula MT received 1.71 inches of rain in 24 hours, a record for the month of July.

...1988... Six cities in the south central U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date, including Pueblo CO with a reading of 48 degrees. Thunderstorms over the Atlantic Coast Region drenched Wilmington NC with 6.49 inches of rain in about eight hours.

...1989... Showers and thunderstorms prevailed across the southeastern third of the country. Afternoon thunderstorms in Florida produced wind gusts to 86 mph at Zephyrhills, and gusts to 92 mph at Carrollwood and Lutz. Thunderstorm winds gusting to 69 mph at Crystal Lake damaged nineteen mobile homes.

...2003... Grand Junction, Colorado marked it 12th straight day with temperatures at or above 100 degrees -- an all-time record for the location.

...2011... At Newport, Rhode Island the dew point was a super muggy 80 degrees, breaking the record of 77 degrees that was set in 1998.  It was the only 80 degree dew point ever recorded at the station since records were kept in 1893. The heat index was 112 degrees, also setting a record for the date; the previous record was 103 degrees set in 1998.  Itg was tied for the second highest heat index ever recorded at the station.

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