...1886... 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. The very dry weather ruined crops in Kansas.
...1928... Wahluke, Washington hit a high temperature of 118 degrees, which tied the record high temperature for the state
...1936... The record high temperature for the state of Kansas was set near Alton, Kansas. The mercury climbed to 121 degrees. -The record high temperature for the state of Nebraska was set at Minden. The afternoon high temperature was 118 degrees.
...1942... The temperature at Las Vegas NV hit 117 degrees to set an all- time record for that location.
...1947... One of the most powerful strokes of lightning ever measured yielded 345,000 amperes of electricity in Pittsburgh PA.
...1952... The temperature at Louisville GA soared to 112 degrees to establish a state record.
...1980... Claudette, a 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.
...1987... Twenty-one cities in the eastern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date. The high of 91 degrees at Beckley WV was their hottest reading in 25 years of records, and marked their third straight day of record 90 degree heat. Bakersfield CA dipped to 60 degrees, marking their eighth straight morning of record cool weather.
...1988... Afternoon and evening thunderstorms produced large hail and damaging winds in Oklahoma, and over Nebraska and Wisconsin. Thunderstorms produced wind gusts to 75 mph at Brainerd NE.
...1989... Afternoon thunderstorms produced some flash flooding in New Mexico. Albuquerque NM was deluged with an inch and a half of rain in forty minutes. Evening thunderstorms soaked White Pine PA with two inches of rain in one hour. Quiet weather prevailed across the rest of the nation, as "Mother Nature" took a brief summer vacation.
...1994... Hurricane Gilma moved into the central Pacific Ocean with sustained winds of 155 mph, the second category 5 storm in only 5 days in the area.