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Welcome to the

issue of the WEATHERFUN Newsletter

Words From Jerry
Welcome fellow Weatherfun members to the January 2009 issue of the Weatherfun Newsletter and Jerry's words.

Each month I tell Bill that we have knocked off another month, but this time we have also knocked off another year. 2008 is now history, and everyone has a fresh new start of 2009.
Weather wise it has been a very cold December here in Warren with a total snowfall of 25 inches. We have had some big storms, and it looks like that pattern will continue for a while longer.
2008 was a great year for Weatherfun and a lot of great things happened. Bill, Lynn and Casey have been very busy and we now have our official Weatherfun Logo Trade Marked, and Bill announced at the reunion, that we are now a non profit organization. He can tell you more about that. Up to now I have only been the founder of Weatherfun, but now I am the Founder/President, Bill is the Vice President, and Lynn is the Secretary. Like I said it has been a very busy year for Weatherfun.
We had our annual Family Reunion in July at the Quality Motor Inn, and it was well attended and we had a grand time. I was surprised by a surprise visit from Kristen who had told me all along that it would be impossible for her to attend this year's reunion, when suddenly I was called down to the courtyard, and out comes Kristen to surprise me. It was great having you there Kristen to help us celebrate the weekend, and the grand finale cookout.
Plans are now underway for the 2009 Weatherfun Family Reunion. As some of you know I am a local weather spotter for CBS CHANNNEL 12 out of Providence, and I hope to get them involved in this year's reunion. They have a great weather truck that I hope they will bring down to the motel and let us all check it out. Hopefully they will get involved in other ways to help us celebrate.
For those of you in the Florida area, we may have a mini reunion there in Mid February of this year to celebrate my 67th birthday. I hope to release further plans shortly.
Until next month from all of us here in Warren to all of you a very Happy and Healthy New Year. May this be the best year to all of you.


December's Weather
  • 1st: Officials closed schools in a half dozen western North Carolina counties where 3 to 8" of snow fell. About 40 flights at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida were grounded because of bad weather in other parts of the country.4th: The temperature fell to 5 below zero just before midnight setting a new record Low for Denver, CO.
  • 5th: Lake Effect snow in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and western New York caused numerous traffic accidents with snow from a few inches to a foot.
  • 7th: While Portland and Bangor, Maine were getting less than an inch of snow, some parts of eastern Maine got hit by more than a foot.
  • 9th: Dozens of schools were closed or delayed classes, while travel was not recommended after a winter storm brought ice, snow up to 6" and high winds to Iowa. Heavy overnight snows left up to 15 inches in some of the mountain towns of Colorado. Severe weather in northern Texas with a possible tornado caused one injury. At least three tornadoes touched down in the Alexandria, Louisiana scattering debris and knocking down a cinderblock wall and there were possible tornadoes in Mississippi and at least 4 tornadoes in Alabama.
  • 11th: Extreme cold from Texas to the Florida Panhandle with snow in Houston, New Orleans and across northern Mississippi, Alabama and parts of NW Georgia.
  • 12th: The governors of Massachusetts and New Hampshire declared states of emergency after high winds, rain and snow swept through the Northeast, leaving hundreds of thousands of homes without power and at least one death in Massachusetts. 1000's lost power in the Mid-Hudson and Catskills in New York from a snow/ice storm.
  • 14th: Snowstorms and icy conditions delayed flights across the northern United States, caused havoc on roads and left thousands without electricity. A cold storm brought up to 1 1/2 inches of rain to Los Angeles and several inches of snow to the mountains with night temperatures in San Fernando Valley plunged into the 30s.
  • 16th-17th: A blast of Arctic air had much of the nation from the Great Lakes to Oregon and down to Texas in its cold, icy grip. The temperature at International Falls, Minnesota, was 26 below zero at 8 a.m. Temperatures hovering as low as 23 below zero have parts of Montana. In Dallas, Texas the temperature barely got above freezing. In Las Vegas, Nevada, residents saw a rare snow accumulation. While a cold, wet storm blew into Southern California with twenty-four-hour rainfall totals of 1.44 inches at Los Angeles International Airport.
  • 20th: Successive waves of wintry weather gripped much of the country, frustrating holiday travelers from coast to coast and keeping the lights off for thousands of people who lost power after ice storms just days ago.
  • 24th: 2 tornadoes in Alabama destroyed and damaged several homes. The NW was hit with a powerful storm with heavy rain, mountain snows and winds gusting to hurricane force. Wide scale poweroutages resulted and at least 30 deaths were reported.
  • 25th-26th: Snow and ice storms with high winds ripped through a center of the country from northern Indiana to Ohio to western Pennsylvania closing roads and knocking out power.
  • 26th: After temperatures well below normal in many parts of Texas, temperatures soared into the 70s and 80s. Winter weather affected state employees after several agencies had to close this week in Washington. Winter weather across Idaho closed numerous roads, including an avalanche.
  • 27th: 3 tornadoes touched down in West-Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri causing relatively minor damage. Rainfall of one to two inches combined with melting snow throughout southwest Missouri caused flooding. A winter storm that brought blizzards to the U.S. mountain West dumped 4 feet of snow on high-altitude Silverton, Colo.
  • 27th-28th: Heavy rain and melting snow closed several major highways and caused a state of emergency in a number of counties.
  • 28th: Winds roared through Western New York with gusts that reached 75 mph, toppling trees and power poles and causing widespread damage and in Michigan Hurricane-force winds on the 27th left nearly 400,000 still without power.
  • 30th: Hurricane-force winds raked the Front Range in Colorado causing roof damage, power outages, knocking out traffic lights and sending debris blowing wildly across highways and people's yards.
  • 30th:-31st: A Clipper brought ice, snow, wind and extreme cold from the upper Midwest to the mid-Atlantic and New England.
  • 31st: Mississippi was struck by 108 tornadoes in 2008, a new record for the state. Washington and North Dakota set records for the most snow in December. High winds from a winter storm shut down a midnight fireworks display planned for Boston's annual New Year's Eve celebration.

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Links 4 You
Dr Gray's
2009 Hurricane Forecast
Hello New Members
Did You Know?

Records Set in December

  1. Spokane set a monthly record for snowfall, at 59.7 inches
  2. Bismarck, ND snow total set a record with 33.3 inches
  3. 16 days in December in which measurable snow fell at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport set a record
  4. In Michigan's Upper Peninsula measurable snow fell for a record 22 consecutive day in Marquette County's Negaunee Township
  5. Madison, WI the total snowfall was 40.4 inches. This is the most ever not only in a December, but in any month on record
  6. Several cities in Montana set record snowfalls for December.
  7. 2008 was wettest in Chicago history

You could say that it was one snowy month


Holiday Lottery:
  1. Gary - Delaware
  2. Dirk - Wisconsin
  3. Michael - Florida

December Contest

Andy - Rhode Island

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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