THE

NEWSLETTER

DECEMBER

2009

Welcome to the

issue of the WEATHERFUN Newsletter


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

What can I say but how time fly's by. Here we are now in the Christmas Season and the end of the year. Also the end of the Hurricane Season. Congratulations to Dean the winner of the Hurricane Contest and thanks to Bill for doing a great job in conducting the contest.

I know some of you make your predictions for the up-coming winter by the conditions during the month of November. However November here in Rhode Island has been some 5.1 degrees above normal. Normally we get several gray days and numerous storms. This has not been the case this year. The month has had several days with above normal temps, no grays days and just a couple of storms. Not a true month at all. I will however be sending out my predictions of the up-coming winter shortly.

REUNION: Remember to keep the second week of July open for the 2010 Weatherfun Family Reunion. Despite my health problems plans continue for next summer's reunion. A grand time will be had by all.

Till next month Susan and I and all of our family members here in Warren wish you all a very Merry Christmas and the best of the New Year.

JERRY LAROCHE
WEATHERFUN FOUNDER/PRESIDENT

November's Weather
  • 4th-5th: Ida intensified at one of the fastest rates on record, and plowed ashore in central Nicaragua as a Category 1 hurricane with 75 mph winds. It took just 24 hours from when the first advisory was issued for Tropical Depression Eleven until Ida reached hurricane strength. Parts of Wyoming had an early season snowstorm with 10 to 16" of snow that closed schools, roads and made traveling tough.
  • 5th: Winds gusting 40 to 75 mph in western Washington caused 22,000 to lost power and one man died when a tree fell on him.
  • 5th-6th: Ida quickly became a depression. But as Ida crossed over into Honduras, she dumprd heavy rains of 6 - 10 inches along the coast of Nicaragua and northeast Honduras.
  • 6th-7th: Heavy snow in the Washington Cascades shut down several major roads.
  • 7th: Ida quickly becomes a TS once over the warm water.
  • 7th: In the North Cascades three mountain passes were closed due to over 2 feet of snow.
  • 8th: Ida caused at least 124 deaths and dozens missing after heavy rains triggered flooding and mudslides that buried communities and left a swath of destruction in El Salvador. Ida becomes a Cat 2 as she passes between Cuba and the Yucatan Peninsula.
  • 9th: Moving through the Gulf of Mexico, Ida weakened to a TS with winds to 70 mph.
  • 10th: A weakening TS Ida came ashore in Alabama with winds of 40 mph, 3-6" of rain that caused minor flooding and surge that caused beach erosion.
  • 11th-14th: A historic Nor'easter, energized by the remains of Hurricane Ida, pounded the coast from North Carolina to New Jersey with heavy rain, tropical storm-force winds, and a destructive storm surge that caused flooding and beach erosion. Hundreds of thousands of people in five states lost power and there were at least 5 deaths due to the storm.
  • 15th: Snow in the Oklahoma Panhandle and up to 5 inches in western Kansas.
  • 16th: A storm slammed Oregon causing power outages due to hurricane force winds and heavy rain with mountain snows. Heavy snow in the southeast corner of Nebraska turned roads slushy, made visibility difficult and lead to a number of accidents and power outages.
  • 21st: A winter storm with winds gusting to more than 80 mph dropped up to a foot of snow in the northern Nevada mountains.
  • 27th: A cold Pacific storm swept across Southern California a day after the region basked in a summerlike Thanksgiving with highs in the 80s.
  • 27th-28th: High winds and wet snow knocked down trees, limbs and power lines across Vermont, knocking out power to about 6,000 people.

CAM OF THE MONTH
Portland Harbor, Maine

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