THE

NEWSLETTER

APRIL

2011

Welcome to the

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

The weather up here in Rhode Island has been cold and raw with even some snow periods thrown in. It has not been your typical spring at all. Very cold and raw. Outdoor work is way behind because of the raw conditions, and not being able to get outside and do the yard work due to the cold temps. Sure hope conditions change real quick and some warmer temps head our way.

WEATHERFUN FAMILY REUNION. 10 TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION. Yes it has been 10 years that we have been holding our family reunions. Plans are in the making for this year's reunion, and it looks like a grand time will be had by all. All, I need is your help. The form for the reunion has been sent out, now I need your help in you returning the form to me at my private e-mail address of wxfun@aol.com so that I know how many will be attending. If you have not filled out the form as of yet, why not take some time today, and do it and return it to me, so I can finalize plans for this our 10th anniversary reunion. Your help is need, so please return the form ASAP. We are looking for a possible day in Newport, the city by the sea. This will be a grand time for all, so return your form ASAP.

Till next month enjoy the weather in your area. I sure hope it is a lot warmer than it is here in the Northeast where we have cold raw conditions, not making for a good spring at all.

If you have an article that you would like to see in this newsletter why not send it to Bill or me and we will see that it gets in a future issue.

JERRY LAROCHE
WEATHERFUN PRESIDENT/FOUNDER

March's Weather
  • 1st: Rivers and streams swollen by rain and melting snow spilled flood waters into communities across Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, killing one woman whose vehicle was swept into a river.
  • 2nd: Hurricane force winds pound coastal Oregon and high in the mountains the winds reached 137 mph.
  • 3rd: Severe storms with flooding rains and tornadoes in eastern TX into LA ruptured gas lines, damaged homes, caused power outages, flooding roads and caused 75+ injuries, 1 fatality.
  • 4th Freezing rain in Detroit, MI caused major road problems that resulted in one death.
  • 5th: There were 5 tornadoes across Southern Louisiana as a result of severe storms causing major damage.
  • 6th: 2 tornadoes struck in three eastern North Carolina causing minor damage. Detroit, MI. picked up another 4" of snow making the seasonal total over 62". The 11th snowiest season on record.
  • 7th: A fierce winter storm blanketed northern New England and upstate New York with up to 30 inches of snow.
  • 9th-10th: Winds whipped by a line of severe weather that had several tornatoes, tore roofs off buildings, overturned cars and injured people as the system moved across the Southeast. The NWS later confirmed a total of 16 tornadoes.
  • 11th: Parts of Interstate 29 in South Dakota were closed due to blizzard conditions. More than two dozen wildfires blazed over parts of Oklahoma.
  • 14th: High winds with hail downed trees and powerlines, knocking power out to over 100,000 in Oregon.
  • 17th: Record High temperatures from Missouri to Texas.
  • 18th: Record High temperatures in the mid-Atlantic. An EF-1 tornado was later confirmed in Santa Rosa, CA.
  • 19th-20th: Western storm brought flooding, mudslides, high winds and snow to California. Santa Barbara County CA had over 11 inches of rain and up to 100 inches of snow in the mountains.
  • 22nd: The National Weather Service confirmed that eastern Nebraska and western Iowa saw four tornadoes, but none of them caused serious damage.
  • 23rd: A tornado in Colusa County that tore up roofs was the fourth confirmed tornado in the valley in the past four months. 30 homes were destroyed and 60 damaged by a tornado in Greensburg, PA. There were over 300 reports of severe weather in 9 states. An intense line of thunderstorms packing hurricane-force gusts of up to 76 mph swept through Scioto County, OH blewing down a large tree, landing on the woman's tent and killing her.
  • 26th: A Spring snowstorm dumped up to 6.5" of snow in St. Louis County, Missouri, while parts of Texas set record Highs into the 90s.
  • 26th-27th: Hail up to the size of grapefruits, shattered windshields and punched holes in homes across the South. The NWS confirmed a EF-1 tornado touched down in Shelby County, AL and 100 mph straight-line winds in Autauga County, AL
  • 29th: Nasty thunderstorms rocked SE Louisiana with Belle Chasse recording a 111 mph wind gust and possibly accompanied by three tornadoes and golf ball-sized hail causing wide spread damage.
  • 30th: 40-plus homes damaged by high straight line winds and/or a possible tornado in Simpson County, Mississippi.
  • 31st: The NWS issued 16 Tornado Warnings from 610 am to 105 pm EDT in Central Florida with 6 reports of tornadoes causing lots of damage to homes and businesses, damaging trees, flooding streets and injured a number of people. Later the NWS confirmed 9 tornadoes touched down in the Tampa area. Soaring temperatures hit Southern California reaching from the upper 80s to the lower 90s.

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A Strange March

For three towns in the western United States, March certainly finished on an abnormal note.

In Death Valley, Calif., record high temperatures seem to come easily, but triple-digit highs are not normal this early in the year. In fact, the area has only experienced the century mark in March 10 times before Thursday’s recorded high of 103 degrees at Furnace Creek.

Just 18.1 inches of snow have fallen this season in Denver, which has led to a severe drought in the area. March is typically their snowiest month with 11.7 inches on average. March 2011 only had 2.5 inches, a tie as the eighth-least snowy March since 1882.

Also struggling with finding precipitation is the city of Dallas, Texas. Though it wasn’t quite a record, the 0.07 inches of recorded precipitation at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in March was the second-lowest total in history for that month. The only March to get less rainfall was in 1925, with a total of 0.02 inches

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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