THE

NEWSLETTER

2009

Welcome to the

issue of the WEATHERFUN Newsletter


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

As you know spring is here, but it has not been much of a spring here in Rhode Island. It has been very cool, rainy, and some mornings with temperatures in the low to mid 40's and even some upper 30's. Hopefully things will change soon and more milder to warm temps will be headed our way. We will probably go right from winter temps, to summer temps, with no spring weather at all.
We are also past June 1st and the opening of the 2009 hurricane season. The Hurricane Center is saying we will probably have an average hurricane season this year with 9 - 14 named storms, 4 - 7 hurricanes, and 1 - 3 major hurricanes. Remember though it only takes one hurricane to hit your area for it to become a major hurricane season.
We are also just a little over a month away from the 2009 Weatherfun Family Reunion to be held at the Quality Motor Inn in Somerset, Mass. Plans are being made as I write this note and it looks like a great reunion this year. We have new activities planned, several visitors, great fun at the motel, good food and above all good friendship. Look for a questioner this week about the reunion. Fill it out and return it to me ASAP, so that we can have an idea of how many members will be attending. If you are flying into T.F.G. Airport in Providence, we can have someone pick you up at the airport. If you have never attended a reunion why not let this year be the first time, and join in the great fun with your fellow Weatherfun members.
I hope you are all enjoying your spring, the weather is a perfect 12, and you and your family is getting out to enjoy some great weather in your area.
I will be sending out special notices about the reunion over the next month that will give you further information about a great time in the northeast. Why not plan on coming to the northeast and join in the great fun.
Remember that this is your newsletter and if you have a weather related article that you would like to see in this newsletter, please send it to Bill or me, and we will see about getting it in a future issue.

Enjoy your weather, and see you all at this year's Family Reunion.

JERRY LAROCHE
WEATHERFUN FOUNDER/PRESIDENT

May's Weather
  • 2nd: In Texarkana four tornadoes and high, straight-line winds caused widespread damage.
  • 3rd: Severe thunderstorms rumbled across the Southeast killed one person, knocked out power to thousands in Alabama and Georgia and spawned several possible tornadoes with 5 tornadoes confirmed in Alabama. There was widespread damage and one death stemming from severe weather in Mississippi.
  • 5th: There were six tornadoes in North Carolina.
  • 6th: Severe weather across the South brought heavy rains, a possible tornado in Alabama and damage to about 100 homes throughout the region.
  • 5th-8th: A wind-whipped wildfire in the hills above Santa Barbara, California caused about 30,500 people to evacuate. The fire scorched about 8,700 acres, destroying or damaging 80 homes.
  • 7th: Again, hwind, rain and hail damaged homes across the South with torrential rains and possible tornadoes hitting central Alabama, flooding roads and briefly trapping a family when a tree fell on their mobile home.
  • 8th: A huge storm system moved across the Ozarks in Arkansas packing hail, heavy rain, high winds and tornadoes, leaving thousands without power, a number of homes ravaged and some 25 others with minor damage. In southern Missouri there were a few small tornadoes and damaging straight-line winds of up to 80 mph. Powerful thunderstorms and tornadoes battered parts of the Midwest, leaving four people dead, collapsing a church and knocking out power to thousands. Thunderstorms packing 100-mph winds and spawning funnel clouds rolled through southern Illinois, snapping trees and leaving thousands without power. A tornado killed two people in central Kentucky and flooding sent hundreds scrambling for dry land in the eastern part of the state. There were at least two tornadoes in East Tennessee and flooding in southern West Virginia destroyed more than 300 buildings, prompted evacuations and left behind miles of mud and debris.
  • 12th: A cold front dropped the freezing level below 3,000 feet in the Cascade passes of Washington and bringing up to 8" of snow.
  • 13th: Violent storms with tornadoes tore through four Midwestern states, killing three people in northern Missouri, damaging hundreds of homes and leaving thousands without power.
  • 13th & 14th: Heavy rains swelled rivers and pushed water onto roadways in northern and western Illinois.
  • 14th: Two tornadoes touched down early Thursday in the Texarkana area and were EF-0.
  • 15th-20th: The Southwest had the warmest temperatures so far this year with some areas going over a 100 degrees.
  • 18th-21st: An extratropical system brought heavy rain, up to almost 2 feet, and strong winds, gust over 50 mph, mostly along the East Coast of Florida. In the NE part of the state there was flooding, power outages and beach erosion.
  • 19th: The Plains had mid-Summerlike temperatures with Minneapolis, MN reaching 97 degrees.
  • 23rd-24th: Heavy rain from the Panhandle of Florida to Louisiana. Some areas getting over 4 inches of rain that caused flooding.
  • 28th: The first tropical depression of the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season formed off the North Carolina coast, but headed out to sea and disipated.
  • 30th: Thunderstorms cracked windows, damaged roofs and blasted power lines in parts of the Midwest with tornado warnings and funnel cloud sightings but no confirmed tornadoes seen in Ohio and Indiana.
  • 31st: A violent windstorm caused widespread power outages in the northern half of Vermont from falling trees.

CAM OF THE MONTH
From the top of the lighthouse at
Cape Hatteras, NC

Link 4 You
10 Non-Military Historical Events That Were Drastically Changed by the Weather
RETIRED
There were 3 hurricanes last year that were so bad their names are retired and not to be used ever again.
  1. Gustav
  2. Ike
  3. Paloma
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From Dirk's Storm Chasing Page, pictures of his
May 5th Chase

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