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Today JULY 22ND, 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.
 
JULY 22ND, 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.
 
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Jul 21 JULY 21ST, 1975-Six inches of rain fell across Mercer County NJ in just ten hours causing the worst flooding in twenty years. Assunpink Creek crested eleven feet above flood stage at Hamilton and Trenton, the highest level of record. Traffic was brought to a standstill, and railway service between New York City and Washington D.C. was cut off for two days. Flooding left 1000 persons homeless, and caused an estimated 25 million dollars damage.
 
JULY 21ST, 1983-A record breaking low -128.6 F is recorded at the Soviet Union's Vostok Station, at Antartica.
 
Jul 20 JULY 20TH, 1977-At Johnstown, PA, where over 2,000 perished in a flood on May 31, 1889, another resulting from 8.5 in (216 mm) of rain falling in seven hours, drowns 76 and destroys property valued at $424 million.
 
JULY 20TH, 1930-The temperature at Washington D.C. soared to an all-time record of 106 degrees. The next day Millsboro reached 110 degrees to set a record for the state of Delaware. July 1930 was one of the hottest and driest summers in the U.S., particularly in the Missouri Valley where severe drought conditions developed. Toward the end of the month state records were set for Kentucky with 114 degrees, and Mississippi with 115 degrees.
 
Jul 19 JULY 19TH, 1886-Along the Florida peninsula, between Cedar Keys and Jacksonville, the third hurricane within a month causes extensive damages.
 
JULY 19TH, 1974-A severe thunderstorm with winds to 80 mph and up to two inches of rain washed out four to five foot deep sections of roadway in Lake Havasu City AZ. Three persons in a station wagon died as it was carried 3000 feet down a wash by a ten foot wall of water.
 
Jul 18 JULY 18TH, 1889-A cloudburst in West Virginia along the small creeks in Wirt County, Jackson County and Wood County claimed twenty lives. Rockport WV reported nineteen inches of rain in two hours and ten minutes that Thursday evening. Tygart Creek rose 22 feet in one hour, and villages were swept away on Tygart, Slate, Tucker, and Sandy Creeks.
 
JULY 18TH, 1942-A record deluge occurred at Smethport in northern Pennsylvania, with 30.7 inches in just six hours. The downpours and resultant flooding in Pennsylvania were devastating.
 
Jul 17 JULY 17TH, 1974-After striking a tree and passing through a chain, lightning kills Norma Jean, a 6500 lb. performing elephant tethered to a tree in the town square at Oquawka, IL where a circus had pitched a big top.
 
JULY 17TH, 1941-A prolonged heat wave over Washington State finally came to an end. Lightning from untimely thunderstorms was responsible for 598 forest fires.
 
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