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Welcome to the

issue of the WEATHERFUN Newsletter

Words From Jerry
Welcome fellow Weatherfun members to the May issue of the Weatherfun Newsletter and Jerry's Word's.

The weather up here in Rhode Island has been very cool and dry. We have had temps in the low 30's in the morning and night time. It has also been extremely dry with several grass fires in the area. Forty acres burned in Colt State Park a couple of days ago. That went through the night. We need rain but we just are not getting it. I hope by mid May we will be getting some better weather.


This year's reunion dates are July 12 to 15 (early arrivals welcome) to be held at the Quality Motor Inn in Somerset, Mass. You can start making reservations now. Andy has some great events planned for this year's reunion. Come on and join us for a grand time. It will all end with a cook out at my home here in Warren on Saturday night followed by a going away breakfast at Rogers on Sunday morning. Let's make this a grand event.
Until next month enjoy your weather in your part of this great country and we will see you next month.


April's Weather
  • 3rd: At least 18 tornadoes trampled across north Texas with most of them in the Fort Worth-Dallas area collapsing roofs, tearing down power lines and tossing trailers around like toys. Luckily nobody was killed or seriously injured.
  • 6th: A waterspout came ashore in Naples, FL causing some damage to buildings.
  • 7th: Achorage, AK made HISTORY with the season becoming the SNOWIEST EVER with 133.6".
  • 9th-10th: Snow in Northern New England with up to 13 inches of in Killington, VT.
  • 9th: Significant wildfires in at least 8 states including WI, MN, VA, NJ, FL, MI, NY, PA.
  • 11th: Major hail storm crippled traffic on US 287 in Potter Co., TX with up to 4 feet of hail in parts of western Texas. There was an 18-vehicle crash due to dust storm in Idaho.
  • 14th-15th: Tornado outbreak with as least 75 tornadoes from western Oklahoma through Kansas and into Nebraska and Iowa. Kansas was hit the hardest with 89 homes, 13 businesses destroyed, 6 killed, 29 injured in Woodward County.
  • 15th-16th Central Minnesota was blanketed with nearly a foot of snow.
  • 16th: Albany, Allentown, Baltimore, Hartford, Reading & Syracuse we among the NE cities that hit 90 for the first time this year. Flash flooding in Corpus Christi, TX with over 10" of rain.
  • 22nd: 156 record highs were set across the western U.S.
  • 22nd-23rd: Widespread heavy rain of 2-3 inches falls across parts of CT, RI, MA, NH, NY, while the western parts of Pennsylvania and New York had heavy wet 2 to 10" of snow that caused power outages to more than 75,000 customers.
  • 25th: 100 degree record heat across much of western Texas with Lubbock hitting 101.
  • 26th: An EF-0 tornado flipped cars, damaged mobile homes in Franklin, TN.
  • 27th: An outbreak of at least 5 tornadoes hit southeast Colorado early in the morning destroying 7 homes and a hog farm.
  • 28th: 1 fatality, 100 injuries in St. Louis, MO after severe winds blew over a tent. Lots of hail in the middle of the country with 4.50" in Okawville, IL the largest.
  • 28th-29th: Broadwater County in Montana reported 11.5 inches of snow.
  • 29th-30th: Heavy rain in Oklahoma and northern Texas with Blackwell, OK having the most: 6.45"

Bethany Beach, Delaware - Boardwalk

Pressure vs Heights

As you go up into the atmosphere,
the pressure drops.
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The number of tornadoes increase
as we move through Spring
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Did You Know?

There's been a slight change to the Hurricane Scale
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Damage with new Scale

Chart of damage with the new Saffir Simpson Scale
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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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