THE

NEWSLETTER

MAY

2010

Welcome to the

issue of the WEATHERFUN Newsletter


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

The weather here in Rhode Island has gone from cold frosty mornings to well above normal temperatures. The temps in the past few days have been in the 80's . More like late June than early May. While we have had rain here in Warren, Northern New England has had over a foot of snow. Some ski areas that were closed for the season have been able to open for a few more days of business.

2010 WEATHERFUN ANNUAL FAMILY REUNION:
As you know this year's reunion is coming real quick. Before we know it July will be here and our reunion will also be here. Events are being planned as I write this note. But I need your help. I need to know how many will be attending this year's reunion. I will be sending out a questioner for you to fill out. Please fill it out ASAP and return it so we will know how many will be attending the reunion. Some events we need to know how many will be attending. Your help will be greatly appreciated in getting this questioner back to me.

I hope the weather is turning warm and nice in your part of the country and you are enjoying the spring color that is so abundant this time of year. Color is starting to bloom quite nicely here in Warren.

Again please be sure to return the form to me ASAP, so we will know how many will be attending this year's family reunion.

Remember if you have a weather article that you would like to see in this newsletter why not send it to Bill or me and we will include it in the future issue of the newsletter.

JERRY LAROCHE
WEATHERFUN/FOUNDER/PRESIDENT

April's Weather
  • 1st: Jacksonville, FL reached 80 degrees and ends a record-breaking streak of below 80 days at 105 days. Over 90 record-high temps in the Midwest & Great Lakes.
  • 2nd: Thousands of residents lost power in Washington as an unusual spring weather system brought heavy rains and winds gusting to over hurricane force. A peak wind gust of 128 mph was measured on Ward Mountain, located 7 miles WSW of Tahoe City, CA. It was 87 F in Morgantown, WV and that's warmer than their average high on the 4th of July!
  • 2nd-3rd: An early spring storm that dumped more than a foot of snow in some parts of Colorado and caused power outages.
  • 4th: A spring storm left inches of snow in some areas around Reno, and up to nearly two feet of new snow in the Sierra Nevada. Strong winds across southwestern Pueblo County in Colorado at speeds above 70 mph. A gust of 74 mph was recorded near Colorado City.
  • 5th: Nearly 500 record High temperatures were broken in the Midwest and NE so far for the month. An inch of snow fell 3 miles ENE of Myers Flat, CA at an elevation of 1,090'. It is rare for snow at this low of an elev. this time of year.
  • 7th: Vail received 19-inches of new snow in 24 hours, bringing the total to 48-inches of fresh powder in the past week. Spring thunderstorms hit Iowa for a second day with strong winds, hail and heavy rain. Summerlike temperatures from Washington DC to southern New England.
  • 8th: A spring storm dropped as much as 30 inches of new snow in the Washington Cascades. Marquette, Mich., got 7.4 inches of snow, breaking the old daily record of 6.2 inches of snow set in 1979. A line of severe storms swept across South Carolina and a tornado damaged 15 homes in Anderson County. A tornado touched down in Gadsden County, Florida knocking many trees down.
  • 12th: A freak hailstorm caused numerous accidents in southern California. Downtown Los Angeles received more than a month's worth of rain in the past 24 hours. Red Mountain Pass, Colo., recorded a 94-mph wind gust. Southern California mountains received 4 to 6 inches of fresh snow Monday from a storm that dumped rain across much of the region, including record rainfall of .5 inches in Long Beach.
  • 13th: A storm on the northern High Plains dumped 18 inches of snow near Alta, Wy. Winds gusted to 66 mph in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
  • 15th: Heavy rain in Texas with an area 8 miles NNW of Pearsall, Texas deluged by 2.66" of rain in 90 minutes and 4.0 inches in 3 hours.
  • 16th: Thunderstorms rolled through western PA causing more than 72,000 power outages.
  • 17th: All-time record for consecutive days below 80 degrees ends at the St Simons Island Airport in coastal southeast Georgia. 12-15 inches around the San Antonio area.
  • 21st: A tornado just outside Bushland, TX.
  • 21st-22nd: A snowstorm dumped 8 inches of snow at Lake Tahoe.
  • 22nd: 31 tornadoes and 55 hail reports for Texas, Colorado, and Kansas. There were three reports of afternoon lightning in New England leading to house fires.
  • 22nd-23rd: A snowstorm dumped up to eight inches of snow in the Denver area and forced about 50 miles of southbound Interstate 25 to close because of accidents.
  • 23rd: A wild mix of rain, snow and tornadoes in Colorado with two feet of snow in the mountains and more than a half-dozen tornadoes sighted on the eastern plains, but no damage was reported.
  • 24th: A Tornado Outbreak in the south with over 50 reported in 7 states. Mississippi was hit the hardest with 10 deaths reported and one tornado was almost a mile wide and rated as at least an EF-3 crossed the entire northern part of the state.
  • 25th: The rating of the tornado damage yesterday from Tallulah, La. to Durant, Miss. is an EF4 with maximum winds of 170 mph. It hit Yazoo City, MS and was on the ground for 97 miles with 10 fatalities. A tornado touched down in Darlington County, S.C., downing several trees, damaging many homes and also a bank.
  • 27th: Winds gusted to 140 mph at California's Sierra Crest (Elevation: 8,500 feet), while the rest of the southwest had winds of 70-95 mph.
  • 28th: A late-season snowstorm dumped up to 2 feet of heavy, wet snow on northern New York, Vermont and New Hampshire.
  • 29th: A spring storm brought a foot or more of snow to the Vail Valley in Colorado.
  • 30th: A high temperature of 86 degrees in Hilo, Hawaii broke the record of 85 degrees from 2005. One person was killed and two dozen people were injured in a tornado outbreak in Arkansas.

CAM OF THE MONTH
Milwaukee's Lakefront Cam

Links 4 You
Thanks to Kevin Shaw for the links page in the NOAA Central Library for Weather and Climate Sites
Earthquakes
It seems like earthquakes are more common, but the numbers show, 2010 is no different than previous years.
Did You Know?

The first 3 months of the year were the coldest ever reported in Miami Beach; most days were 5 degrees colder than normal
Hurricane Contest

The winner of this year's Hurricane Contest will win this plaque with their name and location engraved on it.

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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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