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Welcome to the October issue of the WEATHERFUN Newsletter

Words From Jerry
Greetings fellow Weatherfun members and welcome to your October newsletter.

Where has the summer gone? I can remember Bill measuring the dust on his golf clubs and letting us know that spring was here, and now here we are in fall with winter fast approaching. I remember hearing the other day Dirk say that he was starting up his wood stove. Now, that is definitely a sign of the cold weather.

As you all know we have had a terrible hurricane season this year with two very powerful storms hitting the Gulf Coast area. Katrina of course was the worst, and has changed the lives of many Americans for years to come. It also created an effect on our lives with rising prices not only at the pumps, but also in our everyday goods that we all need, so much. Again as in the past the Weatherfun members stuck together and offered help to our members in need. This hurricane season it effected the lives of our members directly. It effected Don in a big way, and also Kristen's father who has had to literally start his life over again. As you know the hurricane season goes until the end of November and as of this writing the tropics are becoming active again. The coming weeks should prove to be interesting and active in the tropics.

Weatherfun reunion. As time goes on throughout the fall and winter months I will be sending out more pictures on this year's family reunion. Also hopefully after the first of the year we can start to make plans for the 5th. anniversary Weatherfun reunion. We look forward to this special reunion and hopefully meeting some members who have not been to a reunion as of yet. As I have said in the past you never know what a great bunch of friends that we have here on Weatherfun until you meet them in person, and enjoy their company. Folks, please be sure to make plans now to attend this 5th reunion and have a great time with your fellow Weatherfun members.

We still have plenty of good weather ahead of us folks, so please get out there and enjoy it.

Until we all meet again next month stay safe and keep an eye to the sky.



September's Weather
  • 6th: TD #16 forms off the SE coast of Florida bringing squally rains to much of the East Coast.
  • 7th: TD #16 becomes TS Ophelia that is just sitting off the central Florida East Coast bringing in heavy showers and causing beach erosion.
  • 8th: Ophelia becomes a hurricane as she sits off the Florida coast sending in gusty winds and heavy showers. Several tornadoes in Iowa with several people injuried.
  • 12th-13th: High Pressure over the eastern 1/2 of the country sent temperatures sky high with many areas reporting record Highs. Severe storms in the upper Plains brought heavy rain, hail and a few tornadoes.
  • 13th: Severe weather from Oklahoma to Wisconsin with flooding rain, hail and a few tornadoes.
  • 14th: After lingering off the southeast coast for several days, Hurricane Ophelia inched along the southeast North Carolina coast with heavy rain, winds gusting to near 80 mph and storm surge, which caused much beach erosion.
  • 15th: Ophelia continued to crawl just offshore along the North Carolina coast bringing heavy rain, winds gusting over 80 mph and much beach erosion.
  • 17th: TD #18 formed in the southern Bahamas and became TS Rita the next day as she moved towards the Florida Keys.
  • 18th: 16 cities set record High temps set in the South.
  • 20th: Rita moved just to the south of the Florida Keys becoming a Cat 1 in the morning and a Cat 2 in the afternoon.
  • 20th-22nd: Record heat from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes.
  • 21st:Rita becomes a Cat 4 in the morning, then a Cat 5 in the afternoon with winds to 165 mph and by evening 175 mph as she continued to take aim at Texas. Severe storms in parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin with flooding rains, damaging winds, hail and a few tornadoes.
  • 23rd: Rita weakened to 125 mph by nightfall, but still a very dangerous storm. She'll come ashore around the TX/LA border. Over 2 million people have evacuated the Texas and Louisiana coast.
  • 24th & 25th: Hurricane Rita comes ashore in extreme SW Louisiana bringing much damage to both Texas and Louisiana and slowly at first and then speeds up as a Tropical Depression NNE. Over 10" of rain fell in some areas with winds gusting to 120 mph. At least 9 deaths were related to Rita. The count for Katrina passed the 1000 mark.
  • 24th-26th: Record High temperatures set in many areas of Texas, often over 100 degrees.
  • 29th: A Cold Front swept across the East with strong damaging winds in upstate New York and parts of New England.

Surfside, Texas

Links 4 You
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