THE

WEATHERFUN

NEWSLETTER

JULY

2006

Welcome to the

issue of the WEATHERFUN Newsletter

Words From Jerry
Greetings Fellow Weatherfun members and welcome to your July Weatherfun Newsletter.

We are on vacation so this will be a short one folks.

As you know we have just gone through I believe the third wettest spring/early summer since they have been taking weather history, up here in the northeast. Some areas of Rhode Island have received in excess of 13 inches of rain for the month of June. Yet, that is nothing like what Lynn in her area of MD has received. A real wet period, dangerous period, that has cost some people their lives. Hopefully now that we have July here things will change. One wonder's what this season's effect will have on our hurricane season.

Of course the big event in a matter of less than 10 days is the 6th Anniversary Weatherfun Family Reunion to be held in and around the Warren, Rhode Island/S.E. Mass. area. As I write this "Jerry's Words", we are finalizing plans for the reunion, and a grand time will be had by all that attend. One new event that we have this year is a night at Tony and Shirleys on Thursday night, the 13th. Tony and Shirley have invited everyone over to their home for a cook out. We will all meet at my home, and then we will shuttle you to Tony's home. Parking on Tony's street is limited. It is only a short hop from my home. We have some new members who will be attending for the first time and we promise you a grand time.

Lynn and Bill tell me that this year's prizes are also great, and I have heard from my home in Warren, that today a package came in from WeatherBug Headquarters with some additional prizes. So, get your thinking caps on and be for warned that not all questions will have the answer of hurricane Carol.

Susan is finalizing the menu and I will release it from here in Nashua later this week. Remember that although the special price on the rooms have passed, you can still attend this year's reunion. Just let me know by e-mail and we would love to have you. I hear Long Island Bill is getting the weather questions ready and look out. I hear that they are real tough this year, so on goes your thinking caps.

Also for those of you who would like to remain in Rhode Island after the end of the reunion, Meredith tells me that she will extend the special room rate for the dates after the reunion if you so wish to stay in this area a bit longer.

We also look for more activity in this year's hurricane season. Here in the northeast our busiest time for the hurricane season is September/October, but activity can start at anytime now, so let's all get prepared NOW to protect your life and property. After the reunion we will be sending out more hurricane information to prepare you for this year's season. I know we all like to track these storms, but lets keep in mind that this is serious business folks. Let's track them, but PLEASE take the hurricane season seriously and respect mother nature.

Please keep in mind that this is your newsletter and if you have anything that you would like to see in your newsletter, please send it to Bill or me, and we will do our best too see that it is included.

Until next month please enjoy your summer, and also this year's Weatherfun Reunion.
See you for the August newsletter.

JERRY LAROCHE
WEATHERFUN FOUNDER

June's Weather
  • 1st-3rd: Heavy rain from the mid-Atlantic to New England. 2-4 inches was common with several areas getting 6-7 inches causing flooding of streams and roads. While in the SW, 100+ temperatures were quite common.
  • 3rd: Hot weather for even the Southwest with temperatures in some areas of 110+ degrees.
  • 4th: Much of Texas having mid-Summer temperatures, with a few areas in the western part of the state hitting 100+.
  • 5th: Thunderstorms turned violent in the Plains Monday, with Champion, NE having 4.25" diameter hail (grapefruit size) and generating 125+ reports of severe weather including three tornadoes. Doppler radars from the Dakotas south to Oklahoma scanned cloud tops to 50,000 ft, putting the storms into the lower stratosphere. There were nearly eleven dozen reports of large hail and damaging winds including gusts to 80 m.p.h. near Hugo, Colo. and 65 m.p.h. at Lastrup, Minn. Goodland, Kansas recorded 60 m.p.h. t-storm wind gusts.
  • 6th: Severe storms in Wisconsin with several tornadoes causing damage.
  • 7th: A rather unusual Nor'easter brought 2 to 4 inches of rain from Virginia to New England. More than 6 inches of rain fell over Massachusetts and Rhode Island, setting record rainfall totals. Roads were flooded with streams and rivers reaching or passing flood stage and numerous places lost power.
  • 9th: The heat continued from Texas to the Plains with some cities in Nebraska and Iowa hit 100+ temperatures.
  • 10th: TD #1 forms in the NW Caribbean.
  • 11th: TD #1 becomes Tropical Storm Alberto with winds to 40 mph.
  • 13th: Tropical Storm Alberto made landfall in the Big Bend of Florida near Adams Beach with heavy rains, winds gusting to 60 mph and high tides from the storm surge. While there was some damage, the system brought some much needed rain to Florida with many areas receiving 2-5 inches.
  • 14th: Alberto downgraded to a tropical depression, but dumped heavy rain from Georgia to Maryland as it went up Rt 95. 5 inches of rain was common, especially in Virginia and Maryland. At least a half-dozen small tornadoes in South Carolina and winds gusting to 40 mph knocked down trees and power lines. One death was reported.
  • 16th: When the remnants of Alberto went through North Carolina it dumped 2 to 5 inches rain through central and eastern North Carolina two days ago, with some areas reporting nearly 8 inches of rain. It flooded roads and low spots and led to scores of traffic accidents. Now rising waters in several rivers has flood roads and homes.
  • 17th: Severe weather in Kansas with heavy rain and several tornadoes.
  • 17th-18th: The hot weather in the southwest and the southern Plains and Gulf Coast sent some of it into the Midwest, mid-Atlantic and New England. 90+ temperatures were common.
  • 18th: Severe thunderstorms rolled across southern Wisconsin, spawning a tornado that ripped the roof off an elementary school, toppled trees and knocked out power.
  • 17th: A deluge of more than 10 inches of rain along parts of the Gulf Coast forced the evacuation of a Louisiana nursing home and stranded motorists on roads flooded up to waist-deep in southeast Texas, where National Guard troops were on standby for more storms.
  • 19th: In Indiana, severe storms had hail and wind that knocked down trees and caused power outages.
  • 21st: Recent wildfires continue in Arizona and Colorado.
  • 22nd: Severe weather in Ohio and Indiana with straightline wind damage, several weak tornadoes and flooding rains that caused many areas to lose power. There were at least 2 deaths due to the weather in Ohio.
  • 23rd-24th: Heavy rains and storms from the mid-Atlantic to much of New England with many areas getting 2 to 5 inches of rain and a few areas up to 6 inches and Federalsburg, MD hitting 11.40 inches. Meanwhile the Southwest continued to bake with record heat. Some areas have had temperatures up to 120 degrees.
  • 25th: Heavy rains caused serious flooding in Pennsylvania, Delaware and along Maryland's Eastern Shore, washing out roads and forcing some residents to evacuate thei homes.
  • 25th-27th: Very hot in the Northwest with many areas setting record High temperatures well up into the 90s and in Portland, OR to 103 degrees.
  • 26th-27th: Heavy rain continued in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and upstate New York. Major flooding in many areas with roads closed. At least 11 deaths since the 24th were weather related due to the heavy rain during this period. More than a foot of rain fell on the Mid-Atlantic region over five days forcing 100,000s of people to evacuate due to flooding and threats of dams breaking.

CAM OF THE MONTH
Cape Coral, FL

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HOW MUCH WATER A THUNDERCLOUD HOLD?


A large thundercloud may hold as much as 150,000 tons of water in the form of raindrops and ice crystals. This water would be enough to fill a pond a mile long, 300 feet wide, and a little over 5 feet deep.
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The Winner of the WEATHERFUN Monthly Contest for the Year is John - Woodstock, IL. Congratulations John, who's name was not only entered into the WEATHERFUN Hall of Fame, but received a wireless Weather Station.

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