THE

NEWSLETTER

August

2010

Welcome to the

issue of the WEATHERFUN Newsletter


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

The weather here as it has in many parts of the country has been hot and humid. We have had a few days of cool temps, but now we are going back into the hot and humid weather. I reached a high of 102 here just after the 4th of July.

The ocean temperatures are very warm for this time of year running between 72 to 75 degrees. I was wondering what effect this would have on any tropical storm or hurricane that came up the east coast. The cooler water normally breaks up the storms before they hit us.

Well the 2010 Weatherfun Family Reunion is now history, and we look forward to the 2011 reunion. Plans are being made already for next year's reunion, and I think you will enjoy it. Thanks to all who helped and put on events for this year's reunion. It was greatly appreciated. I know that all who attended each event enjoyed themselves very much and look forward to next year's reunion.

With the hurricane season here I hope that everyone in the path of a storm have taken precautions to protect your family and property in case a storm heads your way. All of the experts say that it is going to be a very active hurricane season, so we should all prepare now before it is too late.

Remember that this is your newsletter and if you have a weather related story that you would like to see printed in this newsletter please send it to Bill or me and we will see what we can do to get it published in a future newsletter.

Till next month enjoy your summer.

JERRY LAROCHE
FOUNDER/PRESIDENT
WEATHERFUN

July's Weather
  • 1st: Flooding rains from Alex in northern Mexico resulted in at least 3 deaths and another 3 deaths further up in the mountains. Severe storms with hail in Montana. A fire truck near Myers, MT had all the lights and windows broken by large hail.
  • 2nd: A stalled Front over the Gulf of Mexico produced heavy rain along the Texas coast. Houston had almost 5" of rain. the National Climatic Data Center reported that June was the warmest ever recorded for the country. It was the wettest June on record for Michigan and near-record rainfall fell in Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska. In addition, the Storm Prediction Center said there were 387 preliminary tornado reports during June. This would be the second most active June on record behind 1992. The center also reported that there were 67 preliminary tornado reports in Minnesota, topping the previous record of 35 tornadoes during June 2005.
  • 3rd: A low temperature of 34 degrees in Winnemucca, NE tied the record from 1993. A low temperature of 56 degrees in Charlotte, NC broke the record of 58 degrees from 1932. Severe storms with damaging straight-line winds of 78mph swept through Tripp County, SD. knocking down 10-inch diameter tree branches down.
  • 4th: Hailstones with diameters of up to 2.50 inches fell near Limon, CO, causing extensive damage to numerous windshields. Hundreds lost power in Hebbronville after a tornado touched down in the small town. About 20 to 25 homes were destroyed, along with several businesses.
  • 4th-7th: A Heat Wave in the eastern half of the country with many cities breaking records and temperatures reached 100 degrees or better from Virginia to New York. Several deaths were reported due to the hot temperatures. 4 locations had 100-degree heat for a 4-day stretch: Newark, N.J.; Frederick, MD.; Selinsgrove, PA.; and Shenandoah Valley, VA.
  • 7th: Tropical Depression 2 formed in the SW Gulf of Mexico.
  • 7th-9th: Three days of flirting with triple-digit heat in western Washington and Oregon.
  • 8th: TD2 made landfall on South Padre Island, Texas with heavy rain and sustained winds of 35 mph.
  • 9th: After getting hit with heavy rain from Alex, the Rio Grande area got up to 8 inches of rain from TD2 causing major flooding. A partial estimate of damage from the tornadoes that thrashed much of Minnesota last month is about $35 million.
  • 10th: Thunderstorms pushing heat out of mid-Atlantic & New England with more than 1" of rain in 45 minutes falling in some areas.
  • 12th: 4.25-inch hail fell in Colby, KA. from a thunderstorm. 3 tornadoes in parts of South Carolina knocked down trees that caused powerages and did minor damage to numerous homes.
  • 13th: Grapefruit-sized hail, 4.25", in North Dakota. Lightning struck and killed one teenage girl and injured another, while they were standing under a tree near Lithia Springs, Ga. Heavy rains in parts of Pennsylvania flooded roads.
  • 14th: Dew Points at near record levels in Midwest reached 88 degrees in Newton, Iowa. Violent thunderstorms roared over Wisconsin and Minnesota with flooding rains and several tornadoes. Powerful storms resulted in widespread power outages across the Dells in Wisconsin and the thunderstorms dumped 5.3 inches of rain.
  • 15th-17th: Temperatures topping 100 degrees in the valleys and mountains near Los Angeles, CA.
  • 16: High Pressure stalled over the Four Corners area of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. It drew hot desert air westward over the California mountains, where it only got hotter as it descended to lower elevations and temperatures were over a 100 degrees in many places. Three wildfires broke out.
  • 17th: Tornadoes, large hail, some the size of baseballs, and other severe storms socked the greater Twin Cities metropolitan area and other parts of Minnesota that downed trees and power lines.
  • 18th: 2 weak tornadoes in Michigan. One person was injured when thunderstorm wind gusts of 80 mph blew over tents at the Venetian Festival in Saint Joseph, MI. A camper was overturned by a possible tornado 2 mi. N of Haven, WI., and six people inside the camper were injured.
  • 18th-19th: Nearly 43 states had 90-degree temperatures.
  • 19th: 3 people were injured from high winds in Lexington, KY when a tent blew over at Bluegrass Fair at Masterson Station Park.
  • 20th: A line of thunderstorms fired up in central South Dakota. High winds, heavy rains and even a possible tornado rolled through the town of Vivian. A hailstone picked up just moments after the storm measures a whopping eight inches in diameter and weighs a hefty one pound, 15 ounces.*See picture later in this newsletter.
  • 21st: Severe storms with tornadoes that touched down in four Connecticut towns during severe storms knocked over scores of trees and wires across the state.
  • 21st: Three tornados touched down during strong thunderstorms that knocked out power to 23,000 homes and businesses, flooded roads, damaged homes and uprooted trees across southern and coastal Maine.
  • 22nd: Tropical Depression 3 forms near Puerto Rico and later becomes TS Bonnie.
  • 23th: A rare killer EF-3 tornado tore across portions of Northeastern Montana left behind a 18 mile long path, a half mile wide of total devastation with 2 confirmed dead and 1 seriously injured. TS Bonnie moves across southern Florida bringing heavy rain and winds gusting to near 40 mph and becomes disorganized.
  • 24th: TS Bonnie is downgraded to just a Low Pressure system and brings rain to the Louisanna & Mississippi coast.
  • 28th: A slow moving storm dropped over a foot of hail in the Boulder, CO area.
  • 29Tornadoes, heavy rain and flooding in southern Wisconsin killed one person and injured 2 others. Heavy rains in Iowa forced the Maquoketa River to unprecedented levels, causing earthen portions of the Lake Delhi Dam to collapse and send a torrent of water rushing downstream. Luckily no deaths or injuries were reported.
  • 31st: Many areas in the south and east recording record warmth for July.

CAM OF THE MONTH
Dealey Plaza - Dallas, TX

Links 4 You

Hailstone
Here's a picture of the giant hailstone that fell in Vivian, SC on the 20th
Click to Enlarge
Remembering Hurricane
Agnes

Hurricane Bonnie 1998

We've had Bonnie 2010, now go back in time and read about

Hurricane Bonnie 1998

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