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Welcome to the

issue of the WEATHERFUN Newsletter

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

Well as you all know by now 3 tornados hit the Springfield Mass area on Wednesday. A lot of damage has been done to the area, and some of the area looks like it was hit by a bomb. Several towns from western Mass. to Springfield was hit.

What saved Rhode Island? Although we were under a tornado warning the temp of the ocean and a sea breeze prevented the tornado's from hitting this area. We did how have some heavy storms in the A.M. that formed right over us. I had dime size hail here in Warren. The NWS has several teams in the Springfield area, and further updates will be issued on Friday.


Plans on under way for this year's reunion. We still have rooms left so if you would like to attend by all means call the motel and make your reservation. Please be sure to say that you are from the Weatherfun group.

One of the events will be held on Saturday. We have seen the Cape Cod Canal and been on a boat ride on it, but how about a train ride along the Canal? We will do just this on Saturday when we leave the motel at 9 a.m. and head to Hyannis and head out on the Cape Cod Railroad for a narrated tour of the canal, and even go by the Barnstable prison where the bad boys use to be housed. I am sure you will enjoy this even. Further details will follow.

Remember if you have an article that you would like to see in the future issue please send it to Bill or me, and we will get it in a future issue.

See you all at the reunion.


May's Weather
  • About 4 inches of snow fell over a wildfire that had prompted the evacuation of about 40 homes and cabins near Wetmore, CO.
  • 1st-2nd: Dallas, TX got 2.55" of rain which is than for all of April and March combined.
  • 2nd-3rd: Flooding rains in Cape Girardeau, MO: 20.74", Paducah, KY: 15.85", Memphis: 11.68" and Carbondale, IL: 13.69".
  • 3rd: All-time record low for May of 34 at Midland, TX. One day after tying the record high of 108, temperatures were held to 67 in Laredo, TX.
  • 4th: Austin, TX broke the old record low of 46 from 1978 with 38 at the airport. Arkansas floods cause closures on Interstate 40 as it had become a parking lot full of semis. The National Weather Service announced that at least 178 tornadoes were part of the severe weather that raked the Midwest and South April 27-28, making it the largest recorded tornado outbreak in U.S. history.
  • 5th: Melting Winter snow and heavy rains caused 17 locations in 8 states have record flooding or lake levels.
  • 6th: The Mississippi River crested about 3-4 inches above the '37 record flood at New Madrid, MO. The Coast Guard shut down Miss. River to commercial traffic in Caruthersville, MO for 8 days. The Mississippi River at Memphis was at its second highest level on record: 45.9 feet. It was reported that more than 500 homes around Lake Champlain have been destroyed or severely damaged by flooding.
  • 8th: Summer heat in Texas with temperatures into the 90s throughout the state. The Mississippi River around Memphis starting to reach historic flood stages. As the water heads down to the Gulf of Mexico, it may break the marks of the Great Flood of 1927.
  • 9th: Wichita, KS hit 100 degrees, the earliest 100 degree day in that city's history.
  • 10th: For the second straight day, Topeka, KS reaches the 90s, breaking the records for both days.
  • 11th: Denver, CO had 1" snow. 2 of last 3 previous years have seen snow on or after May 12th. More than 1 million acres of Arkansas farmland under water due to the Mississippi flooding.
  • 11th-12th: Several cities in Florida set record High temperatures that reached well into the 90s.
  • 12th: The NWS confirms 2 tornadoes struck Lenox, Iowa on the 11th: an EF-0, EF-1. There were three tornadoes reported in Nebraska. Several areas in the Ohio Valley were left flooded and severely damaged after hurricane-like wind and rains. More than an inch of beneficial rain fell across parts of drought-stricken Texas.
  • 13th: 32 parishes declared states of emergency in Louisiana because of the flooding Mississippi River.
  • 14th: Engineers opened a 10-ton, steel emergency floodgate, purposefully inundating farmlands and homes in Louisiana's Cajun country to drain the swelling Mississippi River and avert flooding in New Orleans.
  • 15th: New record stage for the Mississippi River at Vicksburg, MS, breaks the 1927 flood of record. There is now 25 new flood records in 10 states. 7" of snow fell on Donner Summer, CA.
  • 17th: Third straight AM of record cold in flood weary Vicksburg, MS 40 and record low also at Springfield, MO 37 and 47 in Baton Rouge, LA.
  • 18th: Possible tornadoes in western Maryland. A late-season spring storm dumped up to 2 feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada. Philadelphia is hit by first tornado in 12 years. 4th straight AM record low in Vicksburg, MS and Jacksonville, FL just missed their all-time May record 46. Hundreds of homes and low lying areas in Vermont and New York remain flooded around Lake Champlain.
  • 19th: A man dies in Vicksburg, MS, in what is believed to be 1st death related to MS River flood. The NWS confirmed that two tornadoes touched down in western Maryland on the 18th.
  • 20th: NWS confirmed an EF-0 tornado with winds of 85 mph caused damage in Fountain, Colorado on the 19th. Oklahoma City, OK goes from drought to flood with 4.70" of rain in 24 hours and it was the wettest event there since June 14.
  • 21st: Tornadoes in northeast Kansas killed one person and damaged some 200 homes, and resulted in a state of emergency being declared for 16 counties. The tornado in Reading, Kansas was later rated an EF-3 with winds up to 140 mph. A storm dropped 13 inches of snow at A-Basin in the Rockies, pushing the base back up over 100 inches with a 48-hour snow total of 20 inches.
  • 22nd: A massive storm system dropped a tornado into the heart of Joplin, MO, carving a wide path of destruction with a very high death count. There were also tornadoes in Minnesota and Iowa.
  • 23rd: The Death toll from the tornadoes on the 22nd: 116 in Joblin, MO; 2 in Minnesota.
  • 24th: 1 person was reported dead and 1 missing in area flooding in Montana. Severe storms in Texas and Arkansas with hail and several tornadoes that resulted in one death. The Joblin tornado is rated an E-F 5 with winds over 200 mph.
  • 25th: A violent storm system rumbled through OK, KS and AR, spawning tornadoes that turned homes into splintered wreckage and killed at least 14 people. The NWS later confirmed that 13 tornadoes touched down across Indiana. Ohio was hit with wind, rain, hail and 4 tornadoes. Temperatures in the mid to upper 90s in several Texas cities setting new records.
  • 26th: 3 dead; 193,000 without power in the Atlanta metro area following severe storms. An EF3 tornado struck the Northshore near Bush, LA, knocking down trees and power lines and damaging 25 structures.
  • 27th: Parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan started the day with temperatures in the 20s and parts of the northern Rockies had roads closed due to snow. Since the 21st at least 153 people have died as a result of tornadoes (10-OK, 3-KS, 2-MN, 6-AR, 132-MO) with 152 people still missing in the Joblin area. A small tornado touched down near the town of Napavine, WA causing minor damage. Heavy rain caused flooding in Vermont overnight that forced the evacuations of around 150 residents of 3 cities.
  • 28th The number of people dead in wake of the EF5 tornado in Joplin, MO rose to 142. Parts of Texas had temperatures reach into the 100s.
  • 28th-29th: Wildfires destroyed 11 homes in Texas Panhandle.
  • 29th: Trail Ridge Road in the Rockies was closed due to 17 ft. snow drifts, and this was the latest opening since 1999. More than 95,800 customers lost power statewide in Michigan from storms that included a tornado.
  • 30th: Record High temperatures were set in many cities from Maryland to North Carolina to Tennessee.
  • 31st: Blazing record Highs for: Baltimore, Md., 97; Washington Dulles, 94; Wilmington, Del., 96; Richmond, Va., 98. NWS issued 37 tornado warnings between 3:20 PM CDT and 9:43 PM CDT. At least 19 tornado reports across Nebraska and South Dakota. 117 straight days without rain in El Paso, TX and only .11" for the year so far. Wildfires destroyed many homes in the Texas Panhandle: About 2.8 million acres have burned in the state since November.

From the Mucky Duck restaurant on
Captiva Island, FL

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