THE

NEWSLETTER

JUNE

2008

Welcome to the

issue of the WEATHERFUN Newsletter


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

We are not only at the half way point of the year, but also the beginning of the hurricane season. True to form we already have out first storm that started before the hurricane season began. The question is, is this a sign of an active season this year. Some forecasters are saying that the east coast from Florida to New England is the target area. Not very good news at all. They are predicting 12 - 16 named storms, 6 - 9 hurricanes, 2 - 5 major hurricanes. 67% of us do not have a hurricane survival kit, and 56% do not have a family disaster plans. Now, is the time to plan folks. Do not wait until it is too late.vWe are getting ready for our Weatherfun Family Reunion. I will send out the information once this news letters is sent out to remind you and give you all the information. The deadline for our room is approaching fast. If you plan on attending the visit to the NWS in Taunton, Mass. please let me know ASAP. We are only limited to 20 members, and this event is filling up fast. Remember you must have a recent photo ID while there.
We will open on Thursday night the 10th with an evening at Tony and Shirley's. An evening of great friendship, weather talk, and good food. This is a BYOB event. Tony's house is not far from mine and if we need more room for parking we can park in my yard. Tony and Shirley had this event two year's ago and we all had a great time.
Don't forget if you plan on attending the reunion, please make your plans ASAP, because time is running out. I will send all of the information our shortly, and you can call for your room.
Remember this is your newsletter and if you have a weather related event that you would like to see in a future issue, please send it to Bill or I, so that we can get it into a future issue.

Have a safe summer, stay safe and keep an eye to the sky.

JERRY LAROCHE
WEATHERFUN FOUNDER

May's Weather
  • 1st: A heavy spring snowstorm dumped over a foot of snow in the Colorado mountains, parts of Nebraska, Wyoming and South Dakota, closing several major highway. Severe storms from Arkansas and Oklahoma up to Iowa destroyed or damaged hundreds of homes and took 7 lives with straight line winds to 80 mph and at least a dozen tornadoes. Recent heavy rains combined with melting snow caused the St. John River in Maine to crest at a new record high, forcing residents to flee to higher ground as more than 100 homes flooded.
  • 2nd: Snow and high winds closed numerous highways in southern and eastern Wyoming.
  • 5th: The NWS says that on the 1st, Arkansas was hit with 11 tornadoes. One of the tornadoes was an E-F3 that stayed on the ground for 45 miles. Severe weather from northeastern Texas through western Illinois brought flooding rains, damaging hail and wind and at least 4 tornadoes in Oklahoma.
  • 7th: An intense, late-spring storm dumped heavy snow and rain southeastern Montana, northeastern Wyoming and western South Dakota easing drought concerns.
  • 8th: Severe weather throughout the South with heavy rain, hail, damaging winds and several tornadoes. An EF-3 touching down in Tupelo, MS and one person died in North Carolina due to a tornado.
  • 10th: Severe weather in the South with numerous tornadoes that killed at least 23 people in Oklahoma, Missouri and Georgia.
  • 10th-12th: Wildfires in Florida fed by high temps and very dry air destroyed or damage over 50 homes.
  • 11th: It may be Spring, but parts of northern Minnesota saw snow, with Ely having the most...4 inches. A powerful storm in Delaware, Maryland and southern New Jersey dumped up to 8 inches of rain, coastal flooding and damaging winds that knocked out power to 1000's of homes.
  • 13th: Another May snowstorm has dropped 7 inches in the Colorado mountains above Denver. Flooding rains from eastern most Texas across northern Louisiana and Mississippi. Some areas of Louisiana had over 10 inches of rain.
  • 14th: Severe weather rolled through Central Texas bringing heavy winds and plenty of rain.
  • 15th-17th: Record heat on the West Coast. 90's to 100 were common from California to Washington.
  • 18th: Parts of southern Florida had a dense smoke advisory due to wildfires that have burned over 62 acres.
  • 19th-20th: Two days of record heat in parts of Arizona.
  • 22nd: Southern California residents were¬ cleaning up after a day of wild weather that brought fierce thunderstorms, at least two tornadoes, hail and even snow in the nearby mountains. Tornadoes touched down in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming, damaging buildings, flipping vehicles and killing at least one person. Tornadoes that moved through western Kansas damaged several homes but no fatalities or major injuries were immediately reported.
  • 23rd: At least a dozen tornadoes destroyed homes, downed trees, caused 2 deaths and injured several people across western and central Kansas.
  • 24th: Up to 10 tornadoes in northern Oklahoma knocking out power and destroying several buildings.
  • 25th: Another day of tornadoes from Texas to Minnesota with one person dead and 20 missing in Hugo, Minnesota, while a tornado in Iowa killed 7 people.
  • 25th: Heavy rain in Kansas with some areas getting up 5.5" and tornadoes. In Kansas, for 3 out of the past 4 days there were over 80 tornadoes.
  • 30th: Severe weather in Indiana with 2 tornadoes damaging several homes/buildings. A day before the official start of the Hurricane Season, Tropical Storm Arthur formed just off the coast of Belize. He had been TS Alma in the Pacific, crossed Central American and became a depression only to reform as Arthur. He moved inland dropping over 7" of rain with winds gusting to 40 mph before being downgraded to a depression. At least 4 deaths were blamed on the storm.
  • 31st: With a very active month of tornadoes, the US is on a record breaking pace for the year in number of tornadoes and deaths.

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SPECIAL ARTICLE
The May 25, 2008 Parkersburg, Iowa tornado cut a path 43 miles long and between 3/4 miles and 1.2 miles wide, killing six people, completely destroying 350 buildings and injuring 70 people. You can see lots of pictures of the destruction at the NWS Des Moines site.

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Hurricane Season

The Hurricane Season has started. Are you prepared in case your area should be hit this year. To help you, the following sites offer excellent things to do to be ready.

Now many of us already know how to be prepared, but what about others in your family, friends and people in your neighborhood? Will they be ready? Please talk to them and share with them the above links to help them be ready.

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