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Welcome to the

issue of the WEATHERFUN Newsletter

Words From Jerry
Greetings fellow Weatherfun members and welcome to the November issue of the Weatherfun newsletter and Jerry's Words.

What a dramatic change in the temperature we have seen in the past few days. My morning low was 28.1, with a heavy killing frost. Whatever was left in the garden is now history. I got up at 3 a.m. to check the wood stove fire, and looked out and everything was white. so, I knew we were about to have the coldest morning yet and that did happen. It will be cold again tomorrow but not as cold as today. A coastal storm is on the way. Matter of fact I believe two of them will combine into one giant storm, and some forecasters are saying we will get from 1 to 3 inches of rain. Does not look like a good day at all.

Weekend looks good but cool. I think we have seen the last of the 70's until next spring. I hope everyone is enjoying much better weather than we are here in the NE and the temps are much warmer.

WEATHERFUN FAMILY REUNION: Please remember that next summer's reunion will be one week later than normal. I do not have a calendar as of yet so I cannot give you the exact dates, but plans are already in the making for a great time, and if you want to have a great time with some great friends head Northeast to the motel and get ready for a grand time. Plans are already in the making.

I hope that you are all enjoying the great weather in your area of the country, and enjoying it with your family. Maybe a little trip is a good idea to get away from things.

Remember that this is your newsletter and if you have a weather related article that you would like to see in a future issue why not send it to Bill or me, and we will see what we can do to get it in a future issue.


October's Weather
  • 1st: The storm on the East Coast fueled by the remnants of Nicole continued with heavy rains that flooded roadways in the mid-Atlantic to New England. A woman died in both Pennsylvania and New York on the roads to do the storm.
  • 1st-2nd: 2 days of scattered thunderstorms in Southern California washed out roads in Ventura County.
  • 4th-5th: An early winter storm in northern Nevada swamped Reno with record-setting rain (1.09) and dropped enough snow at the top of the Sierra to close a mountain highway pass near Lake Tahoe. Temperatures were in the upper 40s in Reno after setting record highs in the mid-90s a week ago.
  • 5th: Strong thunderstorms hit downtown Phoenix that brought lightningstrikes, high winds and rain causing traffic and air problems.
  • 6th: 2 teens were struck by lightning in Utah. Four tornadoes tore through northern Arizona, damaging more than 100 homes, closing highways, causing collisions and derailing 28 cars on a parked freight train. 7 people were injured. A Tornado Watch had also been issued in Utah. According to the SPC this was the FIRST Tornado Watch in the HISTORY of Utah! TD 17 forms just north of Puerto Rico and later in the day becomes TS Otto.
  • 6th-7th: Otto brought heavy rain to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands causing flooding and mudslides.
  • 7th: Otto turns NE and heads out to sea. A weak tornado in northern Idaho was only the second one reported in the region during October since 1950. First snow of season falls in Colorado's high country with nearly 2" falling.
  • 8th: Far out in the Atlantic, Otto becomes a Cat 1. The NWS now says that there were 5 tornadoes in Arizona. LittleRock, Arkansas hit the 90 degree mark the for the 115th time this year.This is the all-time record most 90 degrees days in a year for them. There were many record highs set or tied in the midwest: Chicago 86, Memphis 90, LittleRock 92, Madison, Wis. 85, Dubuque, Iowa 85 and Norfolk, Neb 92.
  • 9th: The NWS now confirms that there were 9 tornadoes in Arizona with one of them being a EF-3.
  • 10th: A high temperature of 87 degrees in Toledo, Ohio, broke the record of 85 degrees from 1949 and Indianapolis, IN had a high temperature of 88 degrees, smashing the record of 84 degrees from 1913 and 1938, while Memphis, TN set a record high of 91 degrees, breaking the record of 90 degrees from 1980. 90 in Little Rock, AR set a record 117th 90+ day this year.
  • 11th: TS Paula formed off Honduras.
  • 12th: Temperatures soared to 94 degrees at San Francisco's Airport, setting a new record high. Paula intensified to a Category 2 hurricane with winds up to 100 mph and damaging homes and closing schools in Honduras early.
  • 13th: Hurricane Paula roared pass Cancun without any major damage.
  • 14th: Paula, downgraded to a Cat 1 and then a TS, moved along the north coast of western Cuba, bringing heavy rain and high winds, and large areas of Havana were without electricity.
  • 14th-16th: A Nor'easter brings heavy rain to the mid-Atlantic with strong winds, and the rain changed to snow in the mountains of New England leaving over 11,000 people in Maine without power and up to 10" of snow in the Vermont mountains.
  • 15th: Paula becomes a remnant Low near northern Cuba.
  • 19th: 1" hail in Simi Valley, CA yesterday, 1" that was only the first October report since 1950 and only the 4th hail report overall since 1950.
  • 20th: Tropical Depression 19 formed in the western Caribbean
  • 21st: TD 19 strengthens to TS Richard in the western Caribbean.
  • 23rd-24th: Up to 15 inches of snow fell in Colorado, forcing portions of I-70 to close after several accidents in Vail Pass.
  • 24th: Widespread 5-10" rain and hurricane force winds in northern California. Over 11" of rain was reported in one location that causesd numerous rock and mudslides blocking highways. Richard becomes a hurricane heading towards Belize and makes landfall in Belize, 20 miles South of Belize City. Golfball size hail, 1.75", in Tuscaloosa County, AL. Violent thunderstorms and tornadoes struck northeastern Texas. A tornado caused major damage in Rice, Texas.
  • 25th-26th: A major storm in the Plains intensified as it went into Minnesota with 142 wind reports, 26 tornado reports, 132 Tornado Warnings, 160 Severe T-Storm Warnings covering from the Gulf of Mexico to the Canadian border. Power outages were widespread. This system broke the record for the lowest recorded pressure measured in Wisconsin, which was recorded at 11:35 AM at Superior with a measurement of 28.39 inches of mercury (961.3 millibars).
  • 27th: 3.2 inches of snow that fell in Bismarck breaking a city record for the date that had stood for 77 years.
  • 28th: TS Shary forms SE of Bermuda.
  • 29th: Shary becomes a Cat 1 hurricane after passing Bermuda and TS Tomas forms southeast of the Windward Islands.
  • 30th: Tomas becomes a Cat 1 hurricane and dealt a punishing blow to the Caribbean island of St. Lucia with the neighboring islands of St. Vincent and Barbados also suffering heavy damage. Several deaths were reported at St. Lucia. Shary weakens to a remnant Low Pressure.
  • 31st: Tomas become a Cat 2 with 100 mph winds.

Barrow, Alaska Sea Ice Webcam

Hurricane Contest
As our Hurricane Contest heads to the finish line at the end of the month, you can check how things are at the
Standings Page
East Coast Storm

From September 25th to October 2nd, 2 storms brought heavy rains from South Carolina to Maine. The second storm had the remnants of TS Nicole

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Did You Know?

This year of record temperatures has led to a record number of children dying in hot vehicles. According to the Kansas-based organization, Kids and Cars, 48 children have died of hyperthermia after being left or becoming trapped in a hot car or truck. The previous record of 47 was set in 2005.
September 2010 Temperatures

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Ten states (ME, NH, MA, CT, RI, NJ, FL, CO, NM, AZ) had their top 10 warmest September. At the same time, five states (ND, SD, MN, WI, MI) in the Upper Midwest and Northern Plains were much colder than average.

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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