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Welcome to the

issue of the WEATHERFUN Newsletter

Words From Jerry
Welcome to the December Weatherfun Newsletter and Jerry's Words.

Due to a very severe fall Jerry's words will be short.

We just got over a wild storm where Warwick had a pk gust of wind of 60 mph and East Providence of 52 mph. Rain ranged from 1 to 1.5 inches.

Now we go into the deep freeze will the coldest temps of the season and some S _ _W Flurries.

Again this year Weatherfun with the help of NORAD will track Santa in his long journey around the world. We will start around 5 PM and go up to close to midnight. We will also with the help of the Weather Channel let you know what type of weather he is facing as he makes his deliveries.

Also this year if your child would like to talk with Santa, please have them call him at 401-245-4460, and we will put them in direct contact with Santa for any last minute details that they would like to have.

REUNION: Remember that next summer's reunion will be one week later than normal. Plans are already underway for a grand time.

Until next month a very MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your family. We will talk more in next month's Jerry's Words.


November's Weather
  • 1st: Before weakening to a Tropical Storm, Thomas hit St. Lucia its winds and rain killed 14 people and crippled the island's fresh water supply.
  • 3rd: Tomas down graded to a Tropical Depression, but expected to become a hurricane again when he approaches Hatit. Record high tied in LosAngeles, CA of 96 degrees downtown and LAX set a record at 97.
  • 4th: San Diego, CA temperature hit a record 100 degrees, 28 degrees above normal. Tomas becomes a TS again.
  • 5th: Tomas becomes a Cat 1 hurricane about 175 miles west of Port Au Prince, Haiti and lashed Haiti with fierce winds and rain, causing mudslides and flooding and claiming at least 20 lives.
  • 5th-6th: Tennessee and North Carolina got snow up to 9 inches in the moutains.
  • 6th: Hurricane Tomas downgraded to a tropical storm as it passed over the Turks and Caicos Islands. Most places across North/Central Alabama saw a low in the 27 to 32 degree range in the morning.
  • 7th: A high temperature of 75 degrees in Havre, MT., smashed the record of 71 degrees from 1978 and 2006. A powerful coastal storm packing rain, snow and sleet and with wind gusts topping 60 mph, knocked down trees and utility poles, leaving tens of thousands of people in the dark. At sea, swells topped out at more than 15 feet.
  • 8th: Thomas finally moved away from land out into the open Atlantic and became a hurricane again with 75 mph winds. 63 mph wind gust in Portland, Maine knocked out power to thousands of customers, while 2.5 inches of snow fell in Burrillville, RI.
  • 8th-9th: Cold in northern Florida with lows in the upper 30s.
  • 10th: Near-record highs in the midwest with Minneapolis, Louisville, Chicago, Indianapolis to name a few and record highs in Waterloo, IA 69deg, Int'l Falls, MN 64deg, Wasau, WI 61deg, Marquette, MI 57deg and Twin Cities 68deg.
  • 12th: Heavy, wet snow, at least 3", in Amarillo, TX. The snow caused tree branches to bend and break falling on power lines, knocking them down causing wide spread power outages.
  • 12th-13th: Minnesota areas get 11 inches of snow dowinging tree branches, power lines city-wide and more than 400 traffic accidents resulting in 2 deaths in Wisconsin.
  • 16th: Snow and ice are caused more than 35 crashes across Southwest Montana. Dense fog causes a 75-car pileup on I-77 in Virginia. In Pullman, WA there were wind gust to 85 mph with thunder and lightning.
  • 17th: A tornado-like storm whipped through Northeast Baltimore stripped away roofs, windows and even roofs. The NWS later confirmed that it was a tornado.
  • 20th-21st: 81 inches of snow fell at the top of Mammoth Mtn. ski resort in California and Lake Tahoe got close to 3'.
  • 22nd: Several tornadoes touched down in Northern IL and WI caused damage to buildings and left thousands without power. Fargo, ND had their snowiest Nov. day in over 100 years with 12.6", making it the 7th snowiest day all-time. Southern California was hit by a storm that brought strong winds, periods of intense rain and snow to higher elevations.
  • 22nd-23rd: A vicious storm struck the Pacific Northwest and other western states dumping heavy snow on roads, knocking out power to tens of thousands of people and causing a cargo plane to overshoot its runway in Seattle.
  • 23rd: Blizzard conditions in Salt Lake Valley caused dangerous travel conditions.
  • 24th: Record morning lows om the Northwest: Seattle 14, Butte -22, Spokane -9, -20 degrees Bozeman, Montana.
  • 25th: Possible tornadoes in southwest Louisiana and western Tennessee damaged more than two dozen homes, but no one was injured. California's Santa Ana winds are kicking up again. Santa Ana winds gust of 101 mph in Sandberg, CA.
  • 26th: Lake Effect snow dumped 15" on Laurium, Mich.
  • 29th: A tornado destroyed 3 homes just northwest of Atlanta, GA and 15 people were hurt from storms in Louisiana and Mississippi. There were at least 2 tornados.
  • 30th: Up to a foot of snow, high winds and cold made for treacherous conditions in western Montana. The National Weather Service reports up to a foot of snow Spokane, WA. received more snow this November than all of last winter. There have been 13 EF-4 tornadoes this year. The most since 1999.

Cape Cod Canal

Sad News

In November we lost WEATHERFUN member Richard Copley from Cape Cod, MA. Those of us who knew Richard will always remember his great knowledge of weather history, especially hurricanes and snowstorms. Richard put together the Whale Watching trip for one of the Reunions and before going on it had everyone over to his house for a lunch of KF chicken.

Rest In Peace


While the US was spared from any direct hits from hurricanes, it was an active season. Members generally did a good job forecasting the answers for the questions in the Hurricane Contest, but only one member can win.
Congratulations to Billy from Long Island, this year's winner.

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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