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Welcome to the

issue of the WEATHERFUN Newsletter

Words From Jerry
Hello, Bill from Long Island doing "Jerry's Words" this month due to Jerry's Father being in the hospital.
Spring is in full swing around the country, which means Tornado Alley is active. April was a very busy month, plus a rather unusual tornado on the Texas/Mexico border that resulted in 10 deaths in the two countries. April showers fell in record amounts for many areas of the mid-Atlantic to New England, while the southeast suffered from drought that caused several wildfires in Georgia.
June 1st is the beginning of the Hurricane Season. Early predictions call for an active season. Everyone in areas where hurricanes could hit should be preparing now for a hurricane, not when it's about to hit.
Jerry has been in touch with the motel regarding this year's Reunion. He'll be sending out the information in early May. Plans are being made now for the events. The dates for the Reunion are July 12th-15th, although some members will be arriving on the 10th. So now is the time to schedule your vacation to come to the Reunion. A fine time will be had. You'll meet other WEATHERFUN members, take part in great events, maybe win some prizes, have great food, see snow in July and overall have a great time. We also talk about the weather, our favorite subject. So tell the boss that you need those dates off and start packing now.
Pa get well. We need you at the Reunion.

Bill from Long Island

April's Weather
  • 3rd: Violent thunderstorms battered Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee with hail as big as softballs and wind that damaged several homes and caused power outages. The storms marked the leading edge of a mass of cold air that dropped morning temperatures into the 20s in the central Plains and upper Midwest. While a spring storm brought more than a foot of snow to parts of the upper Northeast, closing schools, tangling traffic and knocking out power to more than 180,000 homes and businesses.
  • 5th: Snow and wind caused power outages throughout northern New England. Up to a foot of snow fell with 2 deaths were reported due to traffic accidents, while much of the rest of the East had temperatures 10 to 15 degrees or more below normal.
  • 6th-8th: Most of the eastern third of the country had temperatures 10 to 20 degrees below normal. Lake Effect snow caused travel problems, while parts of Texas had several inches of snow. There were over 150 record lows set across the United States on the 7th-8th.
  • 11th: Hail and several tornadoes in Indiana that damaged a number of homes. This storm had also brought 3-9 inches of snow in the upper Midwest canceling many flights, causing major highway problems and at least 6 deaths.
  • 12th: Heavy rains from the mid-Atlantic into southern New England caused major travel problems, while northern New England got up to a foot of heavy wet snow.
  • 13th: Aleast five tornadoes touched down in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area with one person killed. While to the north, up to 7 inches of snow in Kansas.
  • 15th: 2 tornadoes in South Carolina resulted in one death.
  • 15th-16th: Gale-force winds and record rainfall battered the U.S. Northeast as a rare spring northeaster storm blanketed areas in the north with over a foot of heavy wet snow downing power lines, while closer to the coast there was heavy rain, coastal flooding, downed trees, power outages and delayed travel. New York City had almost 8 inches of rain. There were at least 16 deaths due to the storm.
  • 17th: Severe storms in western and central Texas with several tornadoes.
  • 18th-22nd: After weeks of dry weather in the SE, a wildfire broke out in SE Georgia destroying 18 homes and causing 1,000 other people to leave theirs.
  • 20th: Severe weather in Nebraska brough hail and several tornadoes.
  • 21st: The Texas Panhandle hit with hail and tornadoes.
  • 22nd: A Spring storm left up to 18 inches of snow in the Sierra Nevada.
  • 23rd: The Spring storm then moved on to Colorado Spring rain, floods, hail and up to 16 inches of snow.
  • 24th: At least 10 people were killed, more than 150 were injured and hundreds of buildings were leveled when powerful tornadoes tore through twin border cities in Texas and Mexico. Another wildfire in SE Georgia caused over a dozen families to leave their homes.
  • 26th: Severe weather hit Tennessee, Indiana and Illinois with several tornadoes.
  • 26th-27th: Wildfires flared up again in Georgia. Over 61,000 acres have been burned with 18 homes destroyed making it the worst wildfires in Georgia's history.
  • 27th: More heavy rain from the mid-Atlantic to New England. Parts of Connecticut had over 4 inches of rain.
  • 28th-30th: Wildfires continued to burn in southern Georgia with smoke reaching all the way down to central Florida.

Las Vegas, Nevada

Links 4 You
The paths of all tornadoes from 1950-2004 (so far) can be viewed HERE
Hello New Members
  • Terry - - North Carolina
Did You Know?

EL NINO-1997-98

The El Nino developed so quickly that from June to December 1997, a record high for sea surface temperatures in the eastern Pacific was set every month, rising to 83-84 degrees Fahrenheit, 7 degrees above normal.

It was not until the easterly trade winds, which had reversed in 1997, abruptly returned to near normal strength in mid-May 1998 that the cold subsurface waters were drawn upward. When that happened, sea surface temperatures plummeted 14 degrees during one 30-day period, marking an end to the El Nino.


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