THE

NEWSLETTER

MARCH

2011

Welcome to the

issue of the WEATHERFUN Newsletter


Words From Jerry
Welcome to the March issue of the Weatherfun Newsletter and Jerry's Word's.

I would first like to thank Bill for taking over for me for the past two month's due to the fact that I was sick. He did a great job as usual. Thank's Bill.

Well now that we are in the metrological spring I wish we could get some warmer temps this way. We have also had some pretty good snow storms in early spring. Remember the April Fool's Day storm? We have had some storms in the area of as much as 18 inches of snow. Sure hope history does not repeat itself.

2001 Reunion

Plans are under way for this year's reunion. Some of you thought that you had a conflict with the date for this year's reunion, but that may not be the case. I will be announcing the date on the 3rd or 4th.

I hope you all have a great spring and the weather in your area is a Jerry perfect 12. It is still kind of cool up this way with a wind that is making it even feel much cooler.

Remember that this is your newsletter and if you have a weather related article that you would like to see in a future issue, please send it to Bill or me, so that we can get it in a future issue.

Until next month enjoy your spring.

JERRY LAROCHE
FOUNDER/PRESIDENT

February's Weather
  • 1st-2nd: It was called the Groundhog Day Blizzard with heavy snow, strong winds, whiteout conditions, very cold temperatures and freezing rain. It dumped snow on 21 states with Chicago, IL receiving 20.2". Major highways were blocked with people still in their cars. Thousands of flights were cancelled. Icy roads were blamed for 2 traffic deaths in Louisiana and 3 deaths in Mississippi.
  • 4th: El Paso, TX had a low temperature of 3 degrees in the morning, shattering the record of 8 degrees from 1956.
  • 5th: The most severe cold snap in South TX since Dec. 1989 with single-digit temperature in, the Dallas-Fort Worth area. A large line of thunderstorms with thunder and lightning crossed Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine that brought snow, sleet and freezing rain to the region. Many roofs throughout New England started to collapse from the heavy wet snow and ice on them. Ice falling from the roof of Texas Stadium injured 6 people the day before the Super Bowl.
  • 6th: With 2.6" of snow in Chicago,IL recorded 50"+ for the 4th consecutive winter for the 1st time in history.
  • 8th: The temperature plummeted from 63 to 36 degrees in 25 minutes at Guadalupe Pass, TX during the evening.
  • 9th: A Winter storm dumped up to 2 feet of snow with drifts to 4 feet on parts Oklahoma, Arkansas, followed by subzero temperatures all the way into Texas. Northwest Arkansas typically receives 6.3" snow in a year. Siloam, AK has gotten 24.5", nearly 4 YEARS worth of snow in one year.
  • 10th: At least 18 daily record lows were tied or broken in Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma, including Dallas, Austin, Okla. City.
  • 13th: Stillwater, OK had a 93 turnaround in temperature with a low of -21 on Feb 10 to a high of 72 on the 13th!
  • 16th: Powerful mountain winds were recorded with 156 mph at Mammoth Mtn, CA, and 113 mph near Sundance, UT. Heavy snow created some big problems in Central Oregon, especially in the Bend area where power was knocked out. There were 43 record daily highs tied/broken in the U.S. Plains.
  • 16th-18th: Seven FEET of snow were reported in only 3 days around Tahoe with 4 feet falling in the last 24 hours.
  • 17th: At least 3 places in Oklahoma had a 100 or more turnaround since Feb. 10: Stillwater, Ponca City & Bartlesville.
  • 18th: Warm weather had temperatures soaring with VA 77 degrees, MD 75 degrees and Bartlesville, OK 82 degrees, a 110 degree turn around in about 180 hours
  • 20th-21st: A winter storm that blew through the upper Midwest over the Presidents Day weekend made for dangerous travel and knocked out power.
  • 19th-20th: Powerful winds from the mid-Atlantic to New England caused traffic and air delays, damaged buildings, caused power outages and even knock over the National Xmas Tree in DC.
  • 22nd: 105,000 still without power in southern Michigan.
  • 23rd-24th: From Oklahoma to Kentucky, a significant severe weather event produced over 200 wind reports; at least 10 tornado reports. 4 to 6 inches of rain caused local flooding and winds knocked out power to thousands of homes and business. Four Amish children swept away by flood waters and died.
  • 25th: A Winter storm walloped the East with heavy rain, snow and winds gusting to near hurricane force and causing delays in flights, closing scores of schools and causing cars to slide off roadways. Records lows in the Northwest: Seattle (21), Billings, MT (-14) and Cut Bank, Montana dipped to 35 degrees below zero. Wind chills were in the 50s below zero in MT.
  • 26th: It was confirmed that there were 14 tornadoes on the 24th: KY - 4; AR - 3; TN - 3; AL - 2; LA -2. Snow fell overnight near San Francisco for the first time since Feb. 1976.
  • 27th: A late winter storm overnight dropped nearly an inch of snow on The Ritz-Carlton Club in Marana, AZ delaying the start of the final round for 4 hours. A severe weather front brought high winds, lightning, hail, flooding rains and deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennesse, Ohio and Indiana. The storms caused at least 5 deaths with 14 tornadoes confirmed. Wind driven wildfires destroyed nearly 70 homes and burned more than 110,000 acres and caused wide spread power outages in West Texas with at least 1 death reported.

CAM OF THE MONTH
Galveston Island, TX

High Winds
High wind situations occur when the jet stream couples with the surface flow. This often happens on the west side of big winter storms. In this sector the atmosphere is very unstable and constantly overturning. This vertical motion is what transfers the jet stream energy to the surface.
Hello New Members
  • Jerry - Louisiana - jerrystrahan@webtv.net
  • Kay - Albuquerque, NM - weathergal@abqsky.com
Did You Know?

The Groundhog Day Blizzard was huge,
hitting 2/3 of the US
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Spring Flood Outlook

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