HISTORICAL WEATHER EVENTS - 18 July
From the files of the Aviation Weather Center, Kansas City, MO
- ...1889...A cloudburst in West Virginia along the small creeks in Wirt County, Jackson County and Wood County claimed twenty lives. Rockport, WV reported 19.00 inches of rain in two hours and ten minutes that Thursday evening, setting a 24-hour precipitation record for the Mountain State. Tygart Creek rose 22 feet in one hour, and villages were swept away on Tygart, Slate, Tucker, and Sandy Creeks. (The Weather Channel)
- ...1942...A record deluge occurred at Smethport in northern Pennsylvania, with 30.70 inches in just six hours. Several additional national records including 3-hour rainfall (28.50"), 4.5-hour rainfall (30.70"), and 12-hour rainfall (34.30").
The 24-hour rainfall total for the day was 34.50 inches, which set a maximum 24-hour precipitation for the Keystone State. The downpours and resultant flooding in Pennsylvania were devastating. (David Ludlum) (Intellicast) (NCDC)
- ...1986...One of the most "photogenic" tornadoes touched down in the northern suburbs of Minneapolis, MN during the late afternoon. The very slow moving F2 tornado actually appeared live on the evening news by way of an aerial video taken by the KARE-TV helicopter crew. The tornado, unlike most, was quite the prima donna, staying visible to tens of thousands of persons for thirty minutes. It was moderate in intensity, with winds of 113-157 mph, and caused 650 thousand dollars damage. (Storm Data)
- ...1987...Cool weather prevailed in the western U.S. Seven cities reported record low temperatures for the date, including Alamosa, CO with a reading of 38 degrees. The low of 52 degrees at Bakersfield, CA was a record for July. Up to eight inches of snow covered the Northern Sierra Nevada Range of California from a storm the previous day. During that storm, winds gusting to 52 mph at Slide Mountain, NV produced a wind chill reading of 20 degrees below zero. Susanville, CA reached 17 degrees that previous day, Blue Canyon, CA dipped to a July record of 36 degrees, and the high of 44 degrees at Klamath Falls, OR smashed their previous record for July by ten degrees. (The National Weather Summary)
- ...1988...Sweltering heat continued in California, with record high temperatures of 111 degrees at Redding and 112 degrees at Sacramento. Death Valley, CA hit 127 degrees. Late afternoon and evening thunderstorms in the Central Plains Region produced baseball size hail at Kimball, NE, wind gusts to 79 mph at Colby, KS, and six inches of rain near Lexington, NE. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)
- ...1989...Thunderstorms produced severe weather in Oklahoma, northern Texas and Arkansas during the afternoon, and into the night. Thunderstorms produced baseball size hail at Stamford, TX, and wind gusts to 92 mph near Throckmorton, TX. Record heat continued in the southwestern U.S. Phoenix, AZ reported a record high of 115 degrees, and a 111-degree reading at Midland, TX was second only to their all-time record high of 112 degrees established sixteen days earlier. (The National Weather Summary)
- ...1996...An F5 tornado moved to the east-southeast, then to the east, and then to the northeast as it destroyed much of Oakfield, WI. Homes were swept clean of their foundations east of town. Canceled checks were later found 125 miles away in Lower Michigan.
A massive rainstorm in north central and northeast Illinois led to widespread flooding. Aurora reported 16.94 inches of rain, establishing a state record for the most rain in a single day. Other heavy totals included 13.60 inches at Joliet, 9.24 inches in Wheaton, 8.09 inches in DeKalb, and 7.82 inches at Elgin. This event is often called "the second most damaging weather disaster in Illinois History." (National Weather Service files)
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