THE

NEWSLETTER

October

2009

Welcome to the

issue of the WEATHERFUN Newsletter


Words From Jerry
Welcome fellow Weatherfun members to the October issue of the Weatherfun Newsletter and Jerry's words.

Weatherwise there is not much to talk about. It really has not been a summer here in Rhode Island. I believe we may have had one day of 90 degrees if that. As you know the hurricane season has been a big bust. We have just not had any storms and those that have come this way have proved to be just rain makers. Forecasters are also calling for a very cold and snowy winter in my and Bill's area. I sure hope this is not true, and it is a mild and a snowless winter. It has however been getting very cool in the morning with temps as low as 40. I know that Eleanor and Dean have seen temps in the 30's already. One thing for Taunton is that it gets very cool in that area, and I always look for their low in the morning and it is always cooler than here in Warren. Time to move more towards Warren folks. As you know I am ready in the firewood department and have plenty to get me through the winter and early spring.

POST: I have a few comments to say about our daily post. I know that we all from time to time get off topic and bring up matters that are not related to weather. This is something that I am even guilty of. All I ask is that you mark it OT and two things that are not allowed in the daily post are talk about religion and politics. I find that one way to make two friends enemies is to talk about politics and religion. We all have different views and this is a good way to get two friends mad at each other. If there is something off topic in these matters it is better to send them to members personal e-mail boxes rather than the list. Thanks for your understanding.

Now that we are looking at the new year coming soon, why not make plans now to keep the second week of July open for the annual Weatherfun Family Reunion. We are now in our 11th year, and this year Blue Hill Observatory will also be celebration an anniversary (Eleanor help me out in how long their anniversary is. Not sure if it is 100 or 150 years old). Eleanor would like for all of us to join her in a visit to the observatory, and even take a look at member Kevin Shaw's original hurricane chart that he made, and maybe even get a copy of it. Also if there is an event that sticks out in your mind that you would like to bring back, please let me know what it is and I will see what we can do about it.

Remember that Fall can still bring some great weather to this area, so although the 80's are probably over for this year, we still have some great weather ahead of us.

Keep in mind that this is your newsletter and if there is an article that you would like to see included in a future issue, why not send it to Bill or I and we will see what we can do about getting it in a future issue.

Until next month enjoy the great weather and fall foliage that is now starting in my area.

JERRY LAROCHE
WEATHERFUN FOUNDER/PRESIDENT

September's Weather
  • 1st: The 6 day old wildfire near Los Angeles more than doubled the burnt area overnight. Well over 100,000 acres have been burnt. TS Erika forms east of the Leeward Islands. Slow-moving storms dumped more than four inches of rain in the Melbourne, FL area leading to flooding in several areas including several intersections and caused a roof caved-in of a home.
  • 2nd: Cooler and more humid air helped firefighters set controlled backfires robbing the wildfire of fuel that threaten thousands of homes in California.TS Erika is downgraded to a Depression. The summer of 2009 has been one for the record books in South Central Texas. More than 200 counties of Texas are feeling effects from a persistent drought that began in 2007, drastically hurting farmers and cattle ranchers.
  • 2nd-3rd: Over five inches of rain combined with high tide, flooded streets on the coast, east of Jacksonville, FL.
  • 3rd: All residents forced to flee from the wildfire north of Los Angeles were allowed to return to survey the damage as crews took advantage of a break in the weather to strengthen their lines around the massive blaze.
  • 7th: A Tropical Depression forms off the African coast and later in the day becomes TS Fred. As firefighters work to completely contain the Mill Flat Fire that had been burning in southwestern Utah since July 25, emergency officials worried about the potential for winter and spring flooding in the region.
  • 7th-8th: A storm stalled off the North Carolina coast drops nearly 9" of rain along the NC and VA coastline.
  • 8th: Fred becomes a hurricane, but no threat to land being way out in the Atlantic. Over 6" of rain in the Wichita, KA area.
  • 9th: Fred becomes a major hurricane with winds up to 120 mph. Heavy rain in Beaumont. TX caused street flooding.
  • 11th: Fred weakens and is downgraded to a TS far out in the eastern Atlantic. 2-7" of rain in many areas of Texas with marble-sized hail falling over west El Paso.
  • 12th: Fred weakens to a remanent Low.
  • 12th-13th: Much of northern Texas hit with heavy rain of 3-5".
  • 16th: A storm dropped hail and heavy rain on East El Paso damaging homes and vehicles and flooding city streets.
  • 18th: Heavy rain in parts of Tennessee and Georgia with some areas of Georgia getting close to 8".
  • 21st: The last day of summer brought light snow, chilly temperatures and freeze warnings across Colorado. More than 100 residents of a retirement center in Hamilton County, Tennessee had to be rescued from floodwaters that cut them off when heavy rains persisted, causing the declaration of a state of emergency.
  • 22nd: Continued heavy rain in northern Alabama and much of Georgia over the past 2 days resulted in severe flooding and 9 deaths. Some areas of Georgia received close to 20" of rain over the past 2 days.
  • 22nd-25th: Near 100 degree temperatures in parts of southern California.
  • 23rd: The hills above Denver got some serious snow during the past few days with more than 10 inches falling in some areas.
  • 24th: Hot, dry weather worked against Southern California firefighters as they battled a quickly expanding fire in the rugged terrain of Ventura County, CA threatening nearly 100 homes and commercial buildings.
  • 25th: TD#8 forms well out in the Atlantic and no threat to land.
  • 30th: Up to a half-foot of rain fell within a couple hours in the Louisville, KY area.

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