THE

NEWSLETTER

NOVEMBER

2011

Welcome to the

issue of the WEATHERFUN Newsletter


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

Well, I don't know how much of a fall it has been in your area, but here in Rhode Island it has not been much of a fall at all. Due to the tropical storm and the weather that we have been having the trees just have not turned the beautiful colors that they normally do. Of course most of them have also caught a fungus that has not help at all.

Of course we had that sneak snow storm this past weekend that dropped one inch of snow in the Warren area. Still at this hour in the states of CT, and Mass. there are thousands of households without power. National Grid says that some area could be without power until late Sunday night and even beyond. Trick and treaters in some areas have been put off until Friday night. Some areas are still dangerous for the little ones to walk out in due to hanging branches, limbs and some poles still down. My cousin in the Nashua area of NH still has no power at this hour. Truly an early sneak storm that caught us all off guard.

I hope you and your families are getting ready for a very Happy Thanksgiving, and will all enjoy it together like we will here in Warren.

Just a word about next summer's Family Reunion. I know we have had some great reunions, but with our activity director Andy on the job he has great plans for next year's reunion, that yes I say will knock your socks off. So, please be sure to plan your vacation for the second week of July for the best reunion yet.

Till next month stay safe HAPPY THANKSGIVING, and see you next month.

JERRY LAROCHE
FOUNDER/PRESIDENT

October's Weather
  • 1st: Hurricane Ophelia becomes a Cat 4 with winds of 135 mph. The first snowflakes of the season fell in the Appalachians with 4" falling in Snowshoe, W.VA. Parts of western Pennsylvainia also saw a little snow.
  • 2nd: Rapid City, SD set an all-time October record high of 96.
  • 3rd: Ophelia weakened to a Tropical Storm as it approached the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland, but still brought heavy rain and strong winds. Later in the day she weakened further to a post-tropical cyclone.
  • 4th: Flooding rains in the Boston area with 3-5" falling in Essex County. An elderly man died and at least 15 other people were injured after dust storms triggered three major multi-vehicle accidents on Arizona's Interstate 10.
  • 5th: An early fall storm stranded big rigs in the Sierra Nevada and snarled roadways throughout California, while unleashing gusty winds and snow in the mountains.
  • 6th: As of midday, 1 to 2 feet of snow had fallen over the Sierra Nevada, while generally 4-8" had fallen over the mountains of NV & UT. Philippe becomes a hurricane with 80 mph winds well SE of Bermuda and later the winds reach 90 mph.
  • 7th: Philippe weakens to a Tropical Storm.
  • 7th-8th: A non-tropical storm drops 3 to 6" of rain on the southern half of Florida.
  • 8th: The first snow of the season fell across Colorado with 1 to 4" falling from Denver to the higher mountains. A record rainfall of 2.56" was set in San Angelo, TX, which is more rain that the city has received from June through September. Philippe becomes post-tropical.
  • 9th: A 50 yard wide tornado touched down in SW San Antonio, TX. Vero Beach, FL. picked up 11.28 inches of rain in the last 3 days.
  • 10th: An EF-1 tornado damaged several homes in Fleming Island, FL and 1 died while 7 others were rescued off the Florida Keys after treading water for 20 hours.
  • 12th: Hurricane Jova slammed into Mexico's Pacific coast as a Category 2 storm, killing 6 people due to a mudslide and a house collapse.
  • 13th: Severe storms in Virginia with 3 confirmed tornadoes. In New Kent County, VA 30 homes were damaged and 5 destroyed.
  • 15th: Winds gusted to 64 mph in Michigan with over 20,000 homes losing power in Detroit area.
  • 15th-19th: A very slow moving tropical Low dumped heavy rain on southern Florida. The Keys reported up to 18" and further north reports of 6 to 9" were common.
  • 17th: 60-70 mph winds around Lubbock, TX caused a dust storm, knocked numerous power lines down and damaged an airport hanger.
  • 18th: There were 4 tornadoes in south Florida with one being an EF2 tornado with winds up to 120 mph and carving a 1.1 mile path in Sunrise/Plantation (Broward Co.), FL. with damage to up to 50 homes.
  • 19th: This year is now the wettest on record, with more than 54", in Cleveland, OH.
  • 19th-20th: A strong storm over Lake Michigan with winds over 50 mph hitting Chicago and blowing out windows in office buildings. Huge waves up to 25 feet damaged 20 boats and flooded roads near the lake. In Detroit the high winds knocked out power to thousands of customers and brought down tree branches and utility wires.
  • 23rd: TD 18 formed in the far western Carribbean and then in the evening becomes TS Rina.
  • 24th: Barely moving Rina becomes a hurricane. Denver, CO sets a record hit of 80 with snow expected in 2 days.
  • 25th: Hurricane Rina becomes a Cat 2 with winds of 98 mph.
  • 26th: Rina weakens to a Cat 1 with winds down to 85 mph and continues to move very slowly towards the Yucatan Peninsula. Up to 10" of snow in the Denver area downing trees and powerlines causing 25,000 to lose power in Denver and over 100,000 throughout Colorado.
  • 27th: Rina weakens more to a TS with winds down to 70 mph. Up to 5 inches of snow fell in the Amarillo, TX area after hitting 84 two days earlier.
  • 28th: Rina weakens to a Tropical Depression and then a remnant low over the Yucatan Channel.
  • 28th-30th: A storm in the mid-Atlantic became a Nor'easter and brought mostly rain right along the coast, but rain changing to snow from West Virginia to Maine, with up to 30" in parts of New England away from the coast.
  • 29th: A weak tornado in the Hobo Sound area of Florida damage a number of homes in a mobile home park.
  • 29th-30th: Up to 15 inches rain in southern Florida.

CAM OF THE MONTH
Burlington, Vermont

October 2011 Snowstorm

October 28th-30th brought historic snow from West Virginia to Maine.
Away from the coast had a heavy wet snow from 2 to 30"
that brought down tree limbs, trees and powerlines.
4 million people in 5 states
were without power at height of Nor'easter.
Air flights were delayed or cancelled.
At least 11 people died due to the storm.

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Snowfall Map

Did You Know?


The frequency of early morning fog increases significantly during the late summer and early fall months.
The main reason is that longer nights allow the temperature to cool to the condensation point.
Radiational fog is most likely to occur in low-lying areas during a clear, calm night.
This type of fog becomes less common during winter
when clear air masses are typically very dry.
TORNADO FORMATION

Tornadoes don't just happen in the Spring.

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