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Welcome to the

issue of the WEATHERFUN Newsletter

Words From Jerry
Greetings fellow Weatherfun members and welcome to the June newsletter and Jerry's words.

Of course this being the beginning of June it is the opening of the Hurricane Season that goes until the end of November. The Hurricane service says it is going to be a very active season. The past few months have been warmer than normal in my area, so this may be true.

REUNION: There is still time for you to reserve your room at the Quality Motor Inn for this year's Family Reunion. They still have plenty of rooms left. Plans are being finalized as I write these words for a grand time. So, why not join us for a grand time, with good food and plenty of good fun.

We have had some heavy T-storms in my area lately with warmer than normal temps. If it continues like this it could prove to be a very interesting summer.

Remember this is your newsletter. If you have a weather related article that you would like to see in the newsletter why not send it to Bill or me?

Till next month enjoy the rest of the spring and beginning of summer. Hope it is a great one in your area.


May's Weather
  • 1st: At least three people died and 35 others were hurt as several tornadoes leveled homes, overturned vehicles and uprooted trees across central Arkansas.
  • 1st-2nd: Severe weather in the south with tornadoes and thunderstorms that trained across western Tennessee dumping 10 to 15 inches of rain, causing major flash flooding and submerging cars. At least 17 people died in Tennessee and Mississippi from the severe weather.
  • 3rd: High winds, dust, rain and snow battered North Central Washington, closing roads and cutting power to hundreds of homes.
  • 4th: Heavy rain in northern Florida with totals of 2.5 to 6.5".
  • 5th: Tennessee's flood death toll up to 18. Snow in southwest Montana dropped 6" in the valleys and a foot in the mountains, where temperatures were in the low teens.
  • 7th: Around 6 inches of snow in parts of northern Wisconsin after a spring storm swept through the area.
  • 7th-8th: Storms and high winds that moved across Michigan knocked out electrical service to thousands of customers. The storms also brought snow to the northern part of the state with 5.2 inches in Marquette, MI, shattering the old record of 1.8 inches set in 1962.
  • 8th: A strong Cold Front sweep across the east knocking down trees and causing power outages from the mid-Atlantic to New England with winds gusting to near hurricane force.
  • 10th: A series of deadly tornadoes tore through Oklahoma and Kansas killing 2 people in Oklahoma.
  • 12th: A spring storm dropped more than 3 feet of snow in the mountains of central Wyoming, closing some highways and schools and causing scattered power outages from broken and sagging tree limbs. In Colorado, more than a foot of snow was on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park and Montana had over 3 feet in the mountains. In eastern and central Kansas heavy storms packing lightning, high winds and possible tornadoes hit the area flipping 3 Tractor-Trailers and flooding roads.
  • 14th: A tornado touched down near Ruidoso Downs, N.M. lifting a 500-gallon diesel tank that weighs about 1000 lbs 100 ft in the air.
  • 14th-15th: Flooding rains in parts of central and eastern Texas dropping 2 to 6+ inches of rain and with one person reported to have died when their vehicle was swept off of the roadway by floodwaters near Aldine, Texas.
  • 15th: At least two tornado touchdowns Saturday afternoon in Weld County, Colorado. However the bigger problems were flooding rains and hail that was a foot deep in places an hour after it ended.
  • 16th: Over 2.5" of rain fell around the New Orleans area flooding roadways and knocking down tree limbs that caused power outages. Hail around Oklahoma City was as large as softballs and in some areas drifted to 4 to 5". There was hail damage to over 4,000 vehicles, 1600 homes and numerous aircraft.
  • 17th: Hail in SW Texas with some hailstones having diameters up to 4.25 inches.
  • 19th: A few tornadoes in Texas and 16 tornadoes were reported across Oklahoma that damaged some homes and businesses, but only minor injuries.
  • 22nd: At least five tornadoes that caused property damage in north-central South Dakota.
  • 23rd: A series of brief, small tornadoes swept through far northwest Kansas, sending residents to their basements but causing little damage.
  • 23rd-24th: A Spring storm dumped 3 to 7 inches of snow in Utah mountains and Salt Lake City got .02", a record for the latest measurable snow.
  • 24th: 4.00 inches of rain fell in 3 hours 5 miles to the south of Wannaska, MN. Alliance, Neb., was hit hard by a storm with estimated wind gusts of 100-120 mph, hail of 2.75" & two tornado reports.
  • 25th: 11 small tornadoes touched down over open country in Colorado with no injuries or major damage reported.
  • 25th-26th: Record heat in New England to the mid-Atlantic. Hartford, CT had the country's Highest temperature on the 26th of 99 degrees.
  • 26th: At least two weak tornadoes touched down in the northeast part of the Denver, CO metro area that also produced hail up to the size of softballs. Snowplows had to blow the streets in some areas.
  • 27th: As of today this May is the wettest May on record in Del Rio, TX, with a total of 10.45 inches.
  • 27th-29th: Agatha, the first tropical storm in the eastern Pacific, formed west of Guatemala and then came ashore causing more than 74,000 people to flee with winds reaching 45 mph and over 3 feet of rain that caused flash floods and numerous landslides. At least 113 deaths were reported in Guatemala and El Salvador.
  • 28th: It reached 97 degrees at Lake Charles, La. that tied the record from 1953.
  • 31st: 2 tornadoes in SE Colorado, but they didn't cause the damage. It was tennis ball size hail that broke windows in homes and cars. Idaho had its coldest May on record, with an average temperature of 48.5 degrees, breaking the record of 48.8 degrees from 1953.

Topeka, KS

Links 4 You
Over 53,000 tornado maps of US tornadoes from 1950-2009 at
Hurricane Information
With the Hurricane Season now started, here's a site that offers an understanding of
Storm Surge Probabilities
Did You Know?

The NOAA office for Nashville, TN has a good page on the recent Tennessee Floods
Hurricane Contest

The WEATHERFUN Hurricane Contest has started. Forecasters are calling for an active season. Let's see how good our members do this season in their forecasts and who becomes the winner and is named
WEATHERFUN's Head Hurricane Forecaster and receives the Hurricane Contest Plaque

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