...On this date in weather history...
In 1913...furnace creek ranch...located in Death Valley California...was definitely as hot as a furnace when it reached a broiling 134 degrees. This is not only a United States National record...but a world record as well. The all time record high temperatures in Kansas history are both 121 degrees...set in Fredonia on July 18...1936...and in Alton on July 24...1936.
In 1926...lightning struck an ammunition Magazine in northern New Jersey...igniting a red Ball of fire that...in turn...triggered a series of explosions. The explosions destroyed every building within a half mile radius and sent debris airborne that landed as far as 22 miles away! Around $70 million damage resulted and 16 people were killed. In 1936...the horrific heat of the Dust Bowl era invaded the eastern United States when Martinsburg West Virginia was torched by a temperature of 112 degrees; Phoenixville Pennsylvania by a feverish 111; Runyon New Jersey at 110; while Cumberland and Frederick Maryland both reached 109. These temperatures set all time record highs for each state.