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Welcome to the

issue of the WEATHERFUN Newsletter

Words From Jerry
Greetings fellow members to the first issue of the Weatherfun Newsletter and Jerry's Word's of the new year. Not only another month has gone by, but also another year. May it be the best of the New Year to you and your family, but above all the healthiest. Health wise it has not been the best of health for Susan and I so we hope that things turn around for the both of us.

WEATHERFUN FAMILY REUNION: I would like to remind all of you that the Family Reunion is set for the second week of July to be held at the Quality Motor Inn in Somerset, Mass. It promises to be the best reunion yet, so please set aside on your calendar the second week of July and head northeast to the mini state of Rhode Island for a grand time. Again it will all end on the Saturday night with the Grand Finale Cookout to be held on my pool deck with a night of great food, weather related activities, an auction, but above all great friendship. One of the events planned is a visit to the Blue Hill Observatory, where they will be celebrating a special anniversary, and we plan to join in their celebration. Hopefully we will get Kevin Shaw to join us, who made their special hurricane chart that is still observed there. So why not plan to join in the fun for our annual Weatherfun Family Reunion.

To all of you and your family a very Happy and Healthy New Year and may the year of 2010 be the best one yet.

Remember that this is your newsletter and if you have an article that you would like to see in it why not send a copy to Bill or me and we will see what we can do about adding your article to a future issue of our Newsletter.

Till next month stay safe and keep an eye to the sky.


December's Weather
  • 2nd: Strong storms in the south with a tornado in Georgia, while snow fell in Texas.
  • 3rd: Heavy rain and strong winds in the mid-Atlantic up through the Northeast.
  • 4th: Snow in parts of SE Texas, SW Louisiana and parts of Mississippi with some areas getting up to 4". The Houston area had an inch making it the earliest snowfall ever as did partls of SW Louisiana.
  • 7th: Towering surf pounded Maui's shoreline with 30 to 40 foot waves. Some school districts were delayed in Portland Maine due to ice and snow. Flooding rains and mountain snow in southern California.
  • 7th-8th: In Southern Arizona hurricane force wind gusts took out power lines, trees and rooftops throughout the area. A storm system dumped as much as six inches of rain on parts of southern Louisiana flooding streets knocked out power to thousands and prompting officials in one parish to close schools.
  • 8th: Strong storms in Louisiana with a tornado causing minor damage. A powerful Winter storm blasted the Plains with snow and the coldest air so far, and some areas had blizzard conditions.
  • 9th: The powerful Winter storm moved into the midwest with strong winds, heavy snow and Wind Chills below zero. While along the East Coast a second storm produce heavy rains and strong winds with northern New England getting up to a foot of snow.
  • 10th: Sub zero temperatures were common in the Plains, while the Lake Effect went into high gear causing near whiteout conditions at times and closed an interstate from Buffalo to PA border stranding many motorists.
  • 12th: Another in a series of winter storms moved into California, bringing rain and snow while sending mud and debris on to highways.
  • 14th: A series of moist Pacific storms dumped Utah with snow and some mountain locations got over 3 feet.
  • 14th-16th: Heavy rains from eastern Texas to Georgia. The rain flooded roads and homes and forced school in some parts of the states. New Orleans set a record for rainfall in December with over 21".
  • 15th: North Central Washington got up to 4 to 8 inches of snow.
  • 18th-20: A Winter storm on the East Coast dumped from 1 to 2 feet of snow from Virginia to Maine.
  • 17th: More than 11 inches of rain fell in some parts of South Florida Thursday, creating flash floods.
  • 23rd: In Arkansas heavy rains dumped as much as six inches of rain on parts of the state making it the wettest year in history. The rains are causing flooding problems and even forced some drivers to be stranded along the roadways. At least 9 tornadoes touched down in East Texas storms.
  • 23rd-24th: In Louisiana and Mississippi, there were severe thunderstorms, hurricane forced winds and possible tornadoes. The storms are blamed for one death.
  • 24th-25th: A fierce Christmas storm dumped more snow and ice across the nation's midsection stranding travelers as highways and airports closed and leaving many to celebrate the holiday just where they were.
  • 25th: As much as 10 inches of snow dumped on some parts of Chicago.
  • 31st: Thousands of South Floridians lost power as a storm system crossed the state ahead of a strong cold front.

Medford, Oregon

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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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