THE

NEWSLETTER

FEBRUARY

2009

Welcome to the

issue of the WEATHERFUN Newsletter


Words From Jerry
Welcome members to an abbreviated Jerry's words of this month's Weatherfun News Letter.
Remember how I always say here goes another month to Bill? Well, I forgot to send in my words, Bill forgot and old reliable Susan also forgot, so here is an abbreviated version.
The weather has been very cold with many night's in the single digits. It has been one snowstorm after the other with my seasonal total now up to 45.5 inches. Tony has had a lot more up north and is already above last year's total.
Susan and I will be leaving Warren on Feb 16th and will return on the 23rd from Florida where we will have a mini reunion, and celebrate my 67th birthday. If anyone in the area would like to join us by all means please feel free to join us. E-mail me privately for further info.
Ok we will try to make sure that we are on time next month, mark our calendars and get Jerry's words out on time.
Till then stay safe and stay warm.

Jerry Laroche
Founder & President

Bill from Long Island
We may have lost track of time in getting out this month's Newsletter, but I think the reason is all this cold weather. However as bad as we may have been having, it's nothing compared to the people in Kentucky. As of the 4th, there were still thousands without power since the ice storm. I can't imagine how they are making out.
So just remember when your down, there's usually other people who are worse off. So count your blessings and not snowflakes.

January's Weather
  • 2nd: Flooding rains, mud slides and deep snow blocked roads as the latest winter storm pummeled the Northwest with over 3" of rain along the coast.
  • 4th: Up to a foot of snow in parts of Minnesota combined with gusty winds and bitter cold temperatures made travel near impossible.
  • 5th: Storms swirled over the Northwest, dumping snow up to 8" of snow from Washington state to Northern California. Snow up to 6" changed to rain and knocked out power for 19,000 in Seattle. In Utah, two people were injured when heavy snow and ice caused a 25-car pileup on the Interstate 15. Parts of Texas hit with an ice storm closing schools, made for dangerous roads and an estimated 48,000 people were without electrical power in northern Texas after ice downed utility lines.
  • 6th: Freezing rain and sleet played havoc with roads in central Ohio, contributing to the deaths of three people in Columbus. Heavy snow caused the roof on a northern Idaho business to collapse and two school districts in the region canceled classes fearing school buildings might also buckle.
  • 7th: More than 6 feet of snow in the past three weeks in the Spokane, WA area brought new problems as melting snow and ice caused flooding and mudslides. Spokane has received more than 78 inches of snow since mid-December. That's far above its average of less than 50 inches for an entire winter.
  • 8th: More than 30,000 people were urged to leave their flood-endangered western Washington homes as snowmelt and rain swelled rivers and caused mudslides and avalanches that engulfed neighborhoods and roadways. Warmer temperatures and heavy rains were rapidly melting the deep snow that dumped on the Cascade mountains over the weekend. Ten inches of snow melted in a 12-hour period at Snoqualmie Pass. Portland, OR had 23 straight days of rain or snow, while Seattle had 15 days.
  • 9th-10th: 12 inches of snow fell at O'Hare Airport in Chicago, IL. A winter storm blanketed parts of the Midwest and Northeast with up to a foot of snow, causing a 59-vehicle pileup in New Hampshite and at least four traffic fatalities in other states.
  • 10th: A tornado touched down at McIntosh, AL downing power lines, trees and damaging at least two homes.
  • 11th-12th: Record heat along the West Coast.
  • 12th: A fast-moving blizzard brought up to 6" of snow and winds gusting to 60 mph in North Dakota, closing schools and causing more headaches for residents still trying to dig out from a record snowfall last month. Subzero temperatures were reported across portions of Maine and forecasters warn that even colder weather is slated to move into the state later in the week.
  • 13th: Bitter Arctic invades the US, with International Falls, MN down to -40 degrees.
  • 14th: 5 to 7" of snow had traffic crawling and near zero temperatures didn't help in Indiana.
  • 15th: Overnight snow of 3-10" from New York City to Maine. While an influx of warmer weather in Anchorage caused nearly 100 accidents to occur in and around the Alaskan city.
  • 15th-16th: Near zero to well below zero were common Lows for the mid-Atlantic up through New England.
  • 16th-17th: Below freezing temperatures extended southward into northern Florida.
  • 18th: Caribou, ME had it's 4th morning in a row with temperatures below -40 and some parts of Maine were buried under 20 inches of snow.
  • 20th-24th: Red Flag Warnings in a number of areas in Texas due to the lack of rain.
  • 20th: Parts of North Carolina were hit with 4-6 inches of snow.
  • 21st: Wexford County in Michigan has received 161 inches of snow so far this Winter and is closing in on it's all time record snowfall for a Winter. After almost two weeks of warm and dry weather, a Pacific storm brought an end that had brought several record Highs to the SW.
  • 22nd: For the first time in 2 weeks, Chicago got above freezing.
  • 23rd: The second straight day of frigid weather struck the citrus crop in Florida.
  • 24th: Wildfires driven by dry weather and high winds blacken more than 4,500 acres across Texas.
  • 25th: A storm dumped up to 14 inches of wet, heavy snow in parts of the Colorado Rockies.
  • 26th:-28th: A storm tracked from the Southern Plains to the Northeast bringing snow and ice. Schools were closed, flights canceled and more than a million homes and businesses had no electricity. A state of emergency was declared in Oklahoma & Arkansas and at least 24 deaths were storm related.

CAM OF THE MONTH
Dublin, New Hampshire

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Reunion 2009
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    Did You Know?

    The word is that the weather in Florida later this month will be sunny and warm. Jerry's Doctor has ordered it.
    JANUARY WINNER

    The winner of the January Question was Steve from Cocoa, FL.
    His prize was a Desktop Weather Station and a WEATHERFUN Wall Calendar.
    Gary from Bear, DE took 2nd Place.

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