THE

NEWSLETTER

FEBRUARY

2012

Welcome to the

issue of the WEATHERFUN Newsletter


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

Well, here it is February and so far the winter has been some 5 degrees above normal. I have not dropped below 17 degrees so far. Snow wise I have received around 11 inches of snow with the jackpot last month of 9.5 inches. Keep in mind that the Blizzard of 78 was in February and my latest snow fall here in Warren was the second week of May when I received 9 inches of wet sticky snow. So, snow lovers you still have a chance.

2012 WEATHERFUN REUNION

Shortly Andy our activities director will bring you his plans for this year's reunion. and the activities that he has chosen. Believe me folks when I tell you, this will be by far the best reunion yet. Make your plans now to attend a grand time.

JERRY LAROCHE
WEATHERFUN FOUNDER/PRESIDENT

January's Weather
  • 1st: Snow and freezing rain blamed for dozens of crashes over the last 2 days in Maine and resulted in 5 deaths. A third straight day of damaging winds took down trees, caused traffic problems with limited travel and knocked out power across Colorado. Denver had gusts to 50 mph. A wind gust of 126 mph was reported near Peak 7 in Breckenridge.
  • 1st-2nd: Lake effect snow in Upper Michigan brought 10 to 15" of snow and caused 2 deaths in traffic accidents.
  • 2nd-3rd: Western New York lake effect snow dropped over a foot of snow in some areas.3rd: Snow showers caused eight people to be hurt in a 41-vehicle pileup that shut southbound Interstate 75 in Kentucky.
  • 4th: The first Arctic outbreak in the eastern half of the country took temperatures in Florida to record lows in the teens.
  • 5th: 115 RECORD Highs with 4 ALL-TIME in January in the High Plains.
  • 7th: This new year of 2012 so far has yielded 1,505 record warm high temps across the U.S.
  • 8th: Climate scoreboard for the 1st week of 2012: Record High's = 1671, Record Low's = 61.
  • 9th: Strong storms pounded the Houston, TX area flooding streets, spawning a tornado and dropping hail causing thousand to lose power. Midland, TX had over 7" of snow. This made it 15.9" season total, previous season record 13.9". The NWS issued 11 tornado warnings from 4:58 AN to 12:39 PM CST in SE Texas, SW Louisiana with at least 1 tornado reported. An EF-1 tornado (95 mph winds) in Fort Bend Co., TX.
  • 11th: At least 75 homes damaged, at least 16 destroyed and one person injured by an EF-2 tornado in Ellenboro, NC and 168 total structures damaged, 34 destroyed with $13.4 million in total damages by an EF-2 in Burke County, NC.
  • 12th: The NWS confirmed 5 tornadoes in SE Texas from storms on the 9th (4 EF-0s, 1 EF-1). While it was only a few inches of snow with wind 325 flights were cancelled at O'Hare airport in Chicago and there were 3 deaths from car accidents in Iowa and Missouri.
  • 13th-14th: Buffalo, N.Y. got more than 6" of snow, which was more than what they gotten all Winter.
  • 15th: Up to 34 inches of snow fell across parts of Western New York since the 13th.
  • 17th: Severe storms in Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee left thousands without power and 9 tornadoes were later confirmed. There were also severe thunderstorms across Missouri and west-central Illinois that produced large hail and damaging winds.
  • 18th: A storm in the NW dropped about a foot of new snow in Olympia, WA and 95 mph along the Oregon coast. At lower levels ice was a major problem with over 300,000 without power, hundreds of flights were delayed & canceled at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and there were 2 deaths and hundreds injured on roads from the storm.
  • 19th: Winds from the Seattle snowstorm fueled the spread of a wildfire in Reno, NV that destroyed 29 homes.
  • 20th: Hundreds of flights were canceled at O'Hare International and Midway airports in Chicago due to snow that reached over 6 inches.
  • 21st: A storm blanketed the Northeast with a few inches of snow, just the second significant snowfall of the season for many in the region, including Philadelphia and New York City. Winds hit 105 mph in some of the mountains in southern California.
  • 22nd: Twisters downed trees and powerlines in Arkansas leaving thousands without power. The next day the NWS confirmed that an EF-2 tornado had hit parts of Bolivar Co, MS.
  • 23rd: At least 8 tornadoes in the southeast resulted in major damage and 4 deaths in Alabama. One of the tornadoes in Alabama was later rated an EF-3.
  • 25th: Torrential rainfall amounts of 6-9 inches across parts of Texas along with 5 tornadoes. 2 tornadoes were reported in Louisiana.
  • 27th: An Ef-1 tornado in Charlotte, FL. damaged several homes.
  • 28th: Valdez, AK has received 328.5 inches of snow so far this season with 104.9 inches this month alone.

CAM OF THE MONTH
Columbus, GA

Ground Blizzard

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What is a ground blizzard? A ground blizzard occurs when strong winds blow freshly fallen snow into the air, which can lower the visibility to near zero. Ground blizzards are most common in the open areas of the Plains and Midwest and can appear with little warning.

Winter Sun

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During the early winter, the sun angle remains at a very low angle. A low sun angle provides little warmth, resulting in colder temperatures. Late in the winter, the sun angle rises which allows more solar radiation to pass through the atmosphere and results in higher temperatures.

Do You Know Why Icying on Bridges

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Why do bridges and overpasses freeze up before a road? Underneath the paved surface of a road, the ground is initially insulated against the cold. On a bridge, the cold air moves over and underneath, causing the bridge surface to freeze more quickly, leading to sudden icing.

How Does Road Salt Work

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Road salt effectively removes ice and snow from highways and sidewalks. When applied, the chemical properties of the salt lower the freezing point of water. In turn, the ice and the snow become liquid water even though the air temperature may be well below freezing. Road salt is less effective in extremely cold temperatures.

We hope that you enjoyed this month's Newsletter. See you next month, and be sure to visit the WEATHERFUN Website, but most of all have fun with your weather.
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