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July is a month of stormy variety across Virginia

July is a month of stormy variety across Virginia

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Lightning strikes behind the city of Richmond, Virginia, on Tuesday July 19, 2016. Strong storms and high winds hit the area that caused power outages and tree damage.

July is in the peak season for heat waves and severe storms in Virginia, plus the occasional tropical storm or tornado.

Here's a selection of some notable weather events and records in Virginia during the month.

July 1

1981: Tropical Storm Bret made a rare landfall on Virginia's Eastern Shore, but it was too weak to cause much disruption.

July 2

1968: A 5-inch diameter hailstone fell in Loudoun County, one of the largest on record in the state.

July 4

1967: Five people were injured when a strong tornado hit Suffolk.

July 5

1980: A derecho - a line of storms with damaging wind gusts - that began near Omaha, Neb. swept across Eastern Virginia. Its strong gusts capsized boats, knocked down trees, power lines and phone lines in the metro area.

July 6

1977: A rare 105-degree high in Richmond, and the first of three straight days above 100 degrees.

July 7

2005: The remnants of Hurricane Cindy spawned several tornadoes across Virginia, including two in Chesterfield County and one in Henrico County. They were relatively weak and brief and caused no injuries.

July 8

1896: An unnamed hurricane that came ashore in the Florida Panhandle caused deadly tornadoes near Petersburg and Williamsburg and flooding in Southside Virginia.

July 10

2014: A tornado with 75 mph winds injured 10 people at the Oceanfront in Virginia Beach.

July 11

1995: Richmond began its longest stretch of days on record with a high temperature at or above 90 degrees. The 27-day run lasted until Aug. 6, 1995.

July 12

1996: Hurricane Bertha slammed into North Carolina and its spiral bands lashed Tidewater Virginia with heavy rain and several tornadoes.

July 15

1954: Balcony Falls in Rockbridge County recorded a 110-degree high, which tied for the hottest ever measured in the state.

July 16

1926: Burkes Garden in Tazewell County reported a frosty low of 31 degrees, possibly the coldest observed in the state during July. Lows in the 40s were common elsewhere in the mountains of Virginia that morning.

July 17

1945: A weather station in Virginia Beach picked up 8.8 inches of rain, the most statewide for any single day in July.

July 19

2007: A thunderstorm dropped the temperature 26 degrees in one hour in Richmond, from 97 down to 71.

July 20

1963: A partial solar eclipse was visible in Virginia. The path of totality went through Alaska and Canada and back into Maine.

July 21

1939: Richmond's high was only 65 degrees, the coolest for any July day

July 24

1997: The remnants of Hurricane Danny generated damaging tornadoes in Norfolk and Portsmouth.

July 25

2010: Richmond's high temperature climbed to 105 degrees for the second day in a row.

July 26

1987: Powhatan County experienced a minor tornado. The county would not have another until May of this year, which was an unusually long gap between reports.

July 27

1816: A tornado killed two people and injured three more in Henrico County.

July 30

1923: Richmond's wettest July day brought 7.24 inches of rain.

July 31

1947: A tornado caused considerable damage in Buena Vista and severe storms wiped out some crops in the western Piedmont.

Check Richmond.com/weather for John Boyer's videos and updates as the forecast evolves. Contact him at (804) 649-6209 or JBoyer@timesdispatch.com, and follow him on Twitter, @boyerweather.

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