THE

NEWSLETTER

NOVEMBER

2008

Welcome to the

issue of the WEATHERFUN Newsletter


Words From Jerry
Welcome to the November issue of the Weatherfun Newsletter and Jerry's words.

Weatherwise the temperature has taken a nose dive in my area and I have had my first killing frost, so the growing season for my area is now over. Susan and I spent some time up in the North Conway area of New Hampshire, and I have been sharing some of the pictures of the area with you all on my wrap up's. Mount Washington is now snow covered and some of the ski areas that I showed you, now have some natural and man made snow on the slopes. So, they have started their season off a little earlier than normal.
We also took a trip last weekend to Bill's area on Long Island to see him and Casey, and enjoyed a great weekend on the Island. We also had our conference with Hector and his friends on this coming winter and how they are going to get the "Special Seaweed" to bring back to this area and warm the air up, so that we have a much milder and snowless winter than normal. He even had an addition 200 of his friends leave Bristol headed down south to aid in the help.
2009 REUNION: As I type this newsletter, plans are already being made for our 2009 Weatherfun Family Reunion. We have a lot of great plans made and several news ones in the making. Carolyn Eagan an Astro Meteorologist will be stopping by and putting on a demonstration, answer your questions and maybe even do some of your horoscopes.
As some of you know, I am a weather spotter with CBS channel 12 our of Providence, and I plan to have them get involved in our reunion. They have a brand new weather truck loaded with weather equipment that I hope to have them bring the truck down to the motel.
If you have not been to a reunion as of yet, this is the year to attend. I have some great events planned, and some new ones in the planning. Even a few crazy things that I plan to do that will bring on a lot of fun, and a laugh to your face. So, why not make plans now to head northeast the second weekend of July to the Rhode Island and S. Eastern Mass. area for a grand time.
Remember this is your newsletter so if you have an article that you would like to see in a future issue, why not send it to Bill or me and we will see to it that it gets in a future issue.
Also remember that although it is cool we still have some great weather on the way, so why not plan on getting out there and enjoying it.
Until we meet next month a Happy Thanksgiving from everyone here in Warren, stay safe and keep an eye to the sky.

JERRY LAROCHE
WEATHERFUN
FOUNDER/PRESIDENT

October's Weather
  • 1st: TS Laura loses it's tropical characteristics and weakens over the cold Atlantic waters without coming close to any land.
  • 3rd: After a week of heat and record high temperatures a Cold Front brought relieve to Southern California. Mount Washington's observatory reported its first snowfall of the season of 3.2 inches.
  • 6th: TS Marco forms in the Bay of Campeche.
  • 7th: Tiny TS Marco comes ashore in southern Mexico with winds gusting to 65 mph, but cause little to no damage.
  • 8th: A line of severe storms swept across the Southeast, spawning a couple of tornadoes. No injuries were reported.In the Florida Panhandle, a tornado ripped through several neighborhoods, damaging homes and businesses near a state park in Panama City. In southeastern Alabama, an apparent tornado touched down in Enterprise, causing structural damage to the city's civic center. About 2,600 homes and businesses in the area were without power during the height of the storm.
  • 11th: The season's first winter weather event produced moderate to heavy snow across the northern Rockies and Plains, along with winds as high as 55 mph. Parts of Montana and Wyoming had 3 feet of snow.
  • 12th: TS Nana forms well out in the Atlantic. The NWS issued a red flag warning across the Sacramento region due to low humidity and gusty winds continued high fire danger. Hurricane Norbert came ashore at Mexico's Baja California with heavy rains and damaging winds that gusted over 100 mph.
  • 13th-14th: Wild Fires in southern California were made worst by a Santa Ana wind that gusted to 70 mph, high temperatures and very dry air.
  • 13th: Hurricane Norbert crossed the Baja and came onland to NW Mexico much weakened, but still causing damage with heavy rains and strong winds. At least 3 deaths were blamed on the storm.
  • 14th: Tropical Storm Omar formed in eastern Caribbean and becomes a hurricane later at night.
  • 15th: Moving slowly NE in the Caribbean towards the islands of Vieques and Culebra and the US Virgin Islands, Omar becomes a Cat 2 with winds near 105 mph and before midnight reached Cat 3.
  • 16th: Omar passes between the major islands of the Leeward Islands, giving them heavy rains and winds gusting into the 60s. Damage for the most part was minor for the islands on the left side, but on the right side there was a strong surge with buildings damaged. Later in the day, racing NE, Omar rapidly weakened to a Tropical Storm.
  • 17th: Omar became a hurricane again, but then weakened back to a Tropical Storm well out in the Atlantic.
  • 20th: About 5 inches of snow accumulated at Stevens Pass, WA. Wildfires continued in parts of southern California due to the dry weather. Fires also broke out in New Jersey, which had a very dry October so far.
  • 21st: A Cold Front crossed Maine, bring rain that changed to a slushy wet snow in many areas.
  • 23rd: Parts of western Nebraska had over 10" of snow with wind gusts to 40 mph. While parts of Kansas had about 2" of snow with winds about 50 mph.
  • 26th: A Cold Front changed rain to 1-4" of snow in parts of Upper Michigan.
  • A storm along the East Coast brought heavy rains and strong winds. As the storm passed, colder air rushed in over the Northeast bringing snow. Western New York and western Pennsylvania had over a foot of snow closing schools and causing power outages.
  • 28th: There are still 15 people missing from Hurricane Ike. The death toll is at least 70.
  • 29th: Schools in some of the mountains of North Carolina were still closed after getting 1-3" of snow the day before.
  • 29th: Northern Florida set record Lows with temperatures in the low 30s to 40.
  • 30th: Lake Effect snow dropped close to a foot in some areas of western New York and NW Pennsylvania. Southern California and western Arizona had record heat with temperatures reaching the low 90s.

CAM OF THE MONTH

Port Gardner Bay
Everett, WA

Links 4 You
Winter is approaching and NOAA's NWS has an excellent site titled

Know Your Winter Terms
Visits
Jerry and Susan visited Bill on Long Island Oct 24th-26 with Billy stopping over one evening. It's great how various members have gotten together over the years. Why not join the BIG visit, The Reunion this July. It's an opportunity to meet members who you've talked with in emails, have great activities, good food and an enjoyable and memorable time.
Did You Know?

TS Marco was a very tiny storm.
At Marco's peak size, tropical storm-force winds extended out 25, 15, 0, and 25 nm in its four quadrants. This means Marco covered an area of about 1,158 square nautical miles, which is slightly smaller than Rhode Island's area of 1,162 square nautical miles. Marco was about 1/75 as large as Ike at its peak, and 1/500 as big as the record holder, Tropical Storm Olga of 2001.*

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Dr Master's Blog at WeatherUnderground

Hurricane Omar looked like a car driving an obstical course as it missed the Leeward Islands

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Hurricane Contest

The Hurricane Season ends November 31st and so does our Hurricane Contest. You can see how the Contest is going by going to

The Standings Page

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