THE

NEWSLETTER

JANUARY

2012

Welcome to the

issue of the WEATHERFUN Newsletter


Words From Jerry
Welcome fellow Weatherfun members to the first newsletter of the new year and Jerry's Word's.

Weatherwise Fall was the mildest recorded in history, and the winter so far is also starting off the same way. I have only had a dusting of snow in that storm that we had in October. This time last year we had already had several snowstorms that dumped several inches of snow on this area. Ski operators are hurting due to the lack of snow and the fact that they cannot make any at night due to the mild temps. It looks like mid January will probably bring us our first measurable snow of the season. As you all know I am a snow hater, and this is fine by me.

Remember to make plans for this summer's Weatherfun Family Reunion. Our activities director Andy is working hard on plans for this summer's reunion that he promises will knock your socks off. Seriously I have heard the plans and this will by far be the best reunion that we have ever had. So remember to make your plans now to attend this great event and enjoy some great events with your fellow Weatherfun members.

From all of us here in Warren a very Happy and Healthy New Year to you and yours.

JERRY LAROCHE
WEATHERFUN
FOUNDER/PRESIDENT

December's Weather
  • 1st: 1 dead, at least 13 injured in 50-vehicle pileup in Middle Tennessee during thick fog. A storm in the SW produced Santa Ana winds gusting over hurricane force knocking down trees and powerlines causing thousands to lose power, damaged buildings, knocking several trucks off of highways and dropping over 10" of snow in the mountains. Parts of New Mexico had to close schools and roads due to snow drifts 2' high.
  • 3rd-4th: Up to 6" of snow fell across parts of MN, WI.
  • 4th-5th: Pine Bluff, AR had 5.81" inches of rain.
  • 6th-7th: A storm in the east dropped several inches of snow in the mountains, flooding rains along the coast and winds gusting from 40 to 75 mph.
  • 8th: In central Nebraska, three people were killed in two separate crashes as wintry weather pushed across the state.
  • 9th: Light snow covered much of the Chicago area, causing dozens of spinouts on slick expressways, including two fatalities. This was the first measurable snow for Chicago.
  • 13th-14th: A strong winter storm dumped more than a foot of snow in some parts of Arizona. Forest Lakes was the hardest hit with 33 inches of snow. Flagstaff had nearly a foot.
  • 16th: Thousands lost power in Southern California due to winds gusts in excess of 60-70 mph.
  • 19th-20th: A powerful blizzard roared out of the southwestern bring a foot or more of snow in AZ, NM, TX, OK, KS, CO with wind gusts over 70 mph causing drifts of 5' to 10'. Major highways and roads were closed. The storm caused 11 deaths.
  • 22nd: The NWS issued 16 tornado warnings across parts of LA, MS, AL. An EF-0 tornado snapped/uprooted 50 trees near Columbiana, AL. Power outages in Georgia at one time was 19,500.
  • 23rd: The NWS confirmed 10 tornadoes from the storms on the 22nd: (Louisiana-1 Alabama-6 Georgia-3) Strongest: EF-3 Gordon Co., GA
  • 22nd-23rd: Heavy snow up to 17" and high winds closed several roads and highways and delayed and cancelled flights in New Mexico.
  • 27th: Wet snow heavy at times in Indiana caused travel problems and delays. Strong winds in Connecticut caused over 25,000 to lost power.
  • 28th-31st: For the 3rd day in a row winds gusted near 80 mph in SE Wyoming.
  • 29th: The coldest weather of the season across Central Florida sent temperatures into the upper 30s and low 40s across metropolitan Orlando.
  • 29th: Freezing rain made icy roads that resulted in 30-40 crashes in the Chicago area. Winds gusting over 80 mph winds in western Nebraska caused several highway accidents.
  • 31st: 126-mph wind gust in Colorado mountains; At least 3 semis toppled by high winds in the Denver area where winds gusted to 58 mph.

CAM OF THE MONTH
Several of the
Statue of Liberty

NEWS

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Dry House

Why does it get so dry in your home during the colder months?
Simply, the outside air often does not contain much moisture.
When that air is brought inside and warmed to room temperature without adding any moisture, the relative humidity goes way down.

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Do You Know?

What's the difference between sleet and freezing rain?
Find out HERE

Billion Dollar Weather Disasters

In 2011 there were 12 weather-related disasters in the USA, with damage over 1 billion dollars each. By Dec 7, 2011, the total damage from these disasters exceeded $52 billion with additional costs from smaller disturbances. Lightning killed 26 people this year across 18 states including 1 in Guam.

We hope that you enjoyed this month's Newsletter. See you next month, and be sure to visit the WEATHERFUN Website, but most of all have fun with your weather.
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