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Weather History For July 22

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.
(David Ludlum) (Ref. WxDoctor)

The Cedar River in Charles City, IA reached its all-time crest of an estimated 22.8 feet. Approximately 100 homes had flood damage in Charles City. Almost 12 inches of rain fell in a 48 hours period over these counties. Rainfall totals that day: New Hampton, IA: 7.10 inches (wettest day on record), Charles City, IA: 6.65 inches, West Union, IA: 4 inches.
(Ref. Wilson Wx. History)

State maximum temperature record was set today at Troy, New York which was 108 °F. Also the maximum temperature of 105 °F was recorded at Waterbury, Connecticut but their state record is now 106 °F in 1995.
(Ref. Lowest and Highest Temperatures for the 50 States)

Two one-hundredths of an inch of rain was recorded ending a streak of 150 days with no measurable precipitation at Las Vegas, NV.
(Ref. Wilson Wx. History)

One person in Virginia was killed by lightning while playing softball.
(Ref. Lightning - Virginia Weather History)

Minnesota registered their record maximum 24 hour precipitation as 10.84 inches of rain fell at Fort Ripley.
(Ref. Wilson Wx. History)

Hurricane Estelle passed 120 miles south of the Hawaiian Islands creating ten to twenty feet 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.
(Storm Data)

Barrow, AK received 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.
(The National Weather Summary) (The Weather Channel)

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.
(The National Weather Summary)

Dust devils are not a unique phenomenon, but usually they stay extremely small. This was not the case in Dickinson County, Iowa where a very strong dust devil developed on the edge of LakeOkoboji. It picked up whole sections of several docks and swept away all of the loose dirt in the area. Winds were estimated in excess of 60 mph.
(Ref. Wilson Wx. History)

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.
(Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary)

Lightning hit on or near a concrete mixing truck near Walla Walla, WA; a man was knocked off the truck. 10 minutes later a 2nd strike knocked him away from the truck again. He was fortunate he was only slightly hurt.
(Weather Guide Calendar with Phenomenal Weather Events 2011 Accord Pub. 2010, USA)

"The Mid-South Derecho of 2003" States affected....AR, TN, MS, AL, GA, SC
(Ref. For More Information)

Palm Springs, California: Mercury soars to 121 °F.
(Ref. WxDoctor)

Widespread damaging winds, estimated around 90 mph, raked most of Jefferson County in south central Illinois. The city of Mt. Vernon was especially hard hit, where about 14% of all homes received at least minor damage. In Mt. Vernon, damage assessments indicated 1,107 homes were affected by some type of damage. 491 homes received minor damage such as roofs blown off, 152 received major damage, and 18 were destroyed.
(Ref. Wilson Wx. History)

A low of 82 degrees Fahrenheit on the 22nd at Norfolk tied for the second highest minimum temperature ever recorded there.Also the highest temperature for 2011 was 103 °F at Norfolk and 102°F at Richmond both on July, 22nd.
(Ref.NWS, Wakefield, Virginia - A Near Record High Minimum Temperature for Norfork)

Glen Allen tied the record at 17 days without measurable precipitation.
The 17 day period was from July 6th to July 22nd including both days of the 6th and 22nd.

Weather history data courtesy of www.glenallenweather.com.