THE

NEWSLETTER

MAY

2009

Welcome to the

issue of the WEATHERFUN Newsletter


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

I was just telling Bill today, how time is flying by and before we know it this month will be over and the opening of the hurricane season will be here, and our Family Reunion will be around the corner.
Our weather here in the Northeast gave us a hint of summer last weekend with very warm to hot weather in some areas. Several records were broken with temps over 90 degrees. Also keep in mind that the severe weather is here, and keep in mind that there is always a Weatherfun member within cellphone reach if you need some help due to severe weather. Just today Texas had a bout with some severe weather.
ANNUAL WEATHERFUN REUNION: As I write this plans on going on for our 2009 Weatherfun Family Reunion. I have received the information from the quality Motor Inn, and they are ready to welcome us the second week of July. I will be releasing that information shortly. If you have not attended a reunion as of yet this might be the year that you want to attend. We have several activities planned, several surprises, and a great time. New events are planned this year that I think you will enjoy very much. So why not make plans now to attend for a great time, weather related activities, good food and above all good friendship.
Enjoy your spring, and in some areas early summer weather, but please keep an eye to the sky and stay safe.
Remember this is your newsletter and if you have a weather related 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.
Until next month stay safe and keep an eye to the sky.

JERRY LAROCHE
FOUNDER/PRESIDENT

April's Weather
  • 2nd: A line of severe thunderstorms bringing heavy rain, hail and tornadoes, moved across southeast Louisiana, coastal Mississippi, northern Florida and southern Georgia with up to 10" of rain reported in some areas.
  • 4th-5th: 10 inches of snow fell on parts of central and eastern Iowa, while there was a tornado in Nebraska before the rain changed to snow there.
  • 6th: Heavy, wet snow of 3 to 5 inches knocked out electrical service to thousands of customers and snarled morning traffic in northern Indiana and southeast Michigan.
  • 7th: North Georgia mountains get snow dusting, while downtown Atlanta saw snow flurries for the first time in two years.
  • 6th-7th: Cold temperatures in the eastern half of the nation.
  • 9th: At least six tornadoes were reported in eastern Oklahoma and several people were injured and several homes were damaged. Severe thunderstorms raged across Arkansas that spawned tornadoes, killing three and injuring at least 30.
  • 10th: Severe storms that spawned tornadoes across the Southeast, killed four, injured dozens and destroyed various homes and businesses.
  • 10th: Three people were killed and 32 homes destroyed in Texas as high winds fueled 49 major fires which burned 100,000 acres and filled the skies with thick clouds of smoke. In Oklahoma, wildfires have destroyed nearly 200 structures. A line of thunderstorms moved through areas of north-central and western Kentucky with hail and a tornado.
  • 13th: Severe weather hit Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and northern Florida killing at least two, downing trees and cutting power to thousands of homes. Many areas had just been hit by severe weather a few days ago. These storms produced tornadoes, torrential rain, flooding and hail.
  • 14th: Tornadoes touched down in the Tampa Bay area as a line of storms ripped roof shingles off homes, uprooted trees and forced the evacuation of school children in trailer classrooms on Florida's west coast.
  • 14th-15th: A major storm in Utah brought up to 3 feet of snow in the mountains and over an inch of rain in the valleys. Flooding could be a major problem in May when the snow melts.
  • 16th: Severe storms with a tornado hit southern Arkansas and two hail-yielding tornadoes touched down near the bottom of the Texas Panhandle and snowplowers were needed.
  • 17th: Heavy rains, up to 10", fell in SE Texas with 6 people losing their lives due to flooding.
  • 17th-18th: A slow-moving storm dumped more than a foot of snow in parts of Colorado and Wyoming, with up to 3 feet in some higher mountain areas. Several major highways were closed and many homes lost power. More than 500 people on highways had to seek safety in shelters.
  • 18th: More flooding rains hit SE Texas that produced several tornadoes. While SW Kansas was hit with more tornadoes.
  • 19th: 15,000 homes and businesses were still without power in Colorado from the recent snowstorm. A line of storms swept across the Southeast with 70 mph winds and possible tornadoes, killed two people in their mobile homes in north Alabama. The severe weather knocked down trees, power lines and damaged homes in Georgia and Alabama. It was hot in California with temperatures ranging from the low 90s to 100.
  • 25th: Severe storms in Kansas & Oklahoma with several tornadoes that caused damage to homes and knocked out power. Storms that dumped as much as 10 inches of rain in SE Texas caused more damage in some areas than Hurricane Ike.
  • 26th: Record heat from Virginia to New England. Strong thunderstorms packing tornadoes battered parts of the Midwest for a second straight day, damaging at least half a dozen buildings and a campground in Iowa and two Oklahoma homes and in Kansas there were at least 2 tornadoes and major flooding. 4 to 8 inches of snow fell in most of Colorado, including Denver.
  • 26th-29th: Lots of snow in Montana with some areas getting over 3 feet.
  • 27th: 2 to 4 inches of rain caused flooding for southeast Minnesota, southwestern Wisconsin and northeast Iowa. A tornado cut a 3 mile path in Arkansas.
  • 28th: Heavy flooding rains in thee Houston area with up to 10" falling.
  • 29th: Severe storms in Kansas and Oklahoma with flooding rains and several tornados.

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Did You Know?

Browning, Montana one January in 1916 had the temperature dropped from 44F on Jan. 23 to -56F on Jan. 24. That's a change of 100F in 24 hr!

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