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Welcome to the

issue of the WEATHERFUN Newsletter

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

We have had some beautiful days up here in the northeast with temps reaching into the 80's. We have also had some much needed rain, just 0.72 in the past 24 hours but we are still running in the short side.

Today being June 2nd we are into the second day of the hurricane season that runs to the end of November. NOAA has upped their predication for the number of storms for the year. The big question is will the east coast see a land fall of a tropical storm or hurricane this year? We are well over due in the northeast for a land fall and will this be the year?

THANK YOU: I would like to thank you all for the good words cards, and phone calls during my weeks stay at the hospital last week. It was great to know that the members were thinking of me. I appreciate it very much.

2012 Weatherfun Family Reunion will be held July 12 to the 15th. Andy was working on the activities but as you all know he took sick and we will go with the first activity that he had planned for the beginning of the Cape. It is an event you will all enjoy very much. I am working on other events at this time. It will all end with a giant cookout at my home on Saturday night with plenty of food, activities, and the auction of the material donated by our sponsors.

I hope you all enjoy a great summer with warm temps and great evenings for walking and sitting in the yard. Before you know it the white stuff will be here and that is not good.

Have a great summer with your families, enjoy your vacations, and day trips, from Susan and I.


May's Weather
  • 1st: Severe weather in the midwest. The NWS later confirmed at least 9 tornadoes (4-Illinois, 2-Indiana, 2-Ohio, 1-Kentucky).
  • 3rd-4th: 6.5 inches of rain overnight in the Flint, MI area flooded roads caused many to be closed.
  • 4th: A line of storms dumped heavy rain and a few weak tornadoes in Iowa and Minnesota, damaging some buildings and knocking down trees.
  • 6th: An EF-1 tornado hit SE of Watseka, IL damaging several barns.
  • 9th: A low end EF-1 touched down in Grand Isle, LA caused minor damage to homes and knocked out power to most of the community, but no injuries.
  • 10th: A tornado in Weimar, TX caused at least eight injuries at a school, derailed a train and damaged a hospital enough to require an evacuation.
  • 11th-12th: Richmond, TX got 8.93 inches of rainfall in 24-hours, causing flash flooding.
  • 12th: A massive waterspout turned into a tornado that damaged a home, fence and boat ramp 12 miles WSW of Pensacola, FL.
  • 14th: 2 tornado touchdowns in Richmond Co., NC with minor damage.
  • l4th-15th: Heavy rain in western NC and western Virginia closed roads and schools.
  • 19th: TS Alberto formed off the South Carolina coast, but was very small and went out to sea after a few days. Severe weather knocked out power to more than 1000 customers across central Wisconsin. Multiple homes west of Harper in Harper Co., KS damaged by a tornado.
  • 22nd: Miami received 4.40" of rain in just 1 hour in the afternoon and 9.70" of rain total that flooded roadways. Scottsbluff, Neb. set a record high of 100 degrees, smashing the record of 91 degrees set back in 1939.
  • 24th: An EF-0 tornado hit North Port, FL in Sarasota Co damaging 17 homes. Wisconsin had its first tornado touchdown of the year about two miles south of Marathon City in Marathon County with no major damage. An EF-2 tornado struck near Cornlea, NE in Platte Co hitting a house.
  • 25th: Subtropical Storm Beryl forms off the SE coast. Tornadoes touched down in parts of central Kansas injuring one person, destroying some homes and buildings, and knocking down trees and power lines.
  • 26th: More than 150 people had to be rescued from rip currents generated by Sub-Tropical Storm Beryl along the Florida and Georgia beaches.
  • 27th: Beryl becomes a tropical storm heading for northern Florida. More than 200 daily record high temps were tied or broken with South Bend, IN., 97 and Fort Wayne, IN., 96 hitting their all-time May high temperature.
  • 28th: Tropical Storm Beryl made landfall near Jacksonville Beach, FL. around 12:10 a.m. with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph.
  • 28th: Beryl downgraded to a tropical depression, but caused flooding rains and downed trees and powerlines in parts of northern Florida and southern Georgia with up to 10" of rain in some areas.
  • 29th: 80,000 were reported without power across the Oklahoma City metro area to do severe storms with lots of hail.
  • 30th: Over a dozen homes damaged or destroyed by a tornado in Carteret Co., NC from Beryl, became post-tropical cyclone on the Carolina coast.

The Arch In St. Louis, MO

Number of Nocturnal Tornadoes

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The Power of a Hurricane

Every second, a large hurricane releases the energy of 10 atomic bombs.

Do You Know?

Do you know how the weather effects the flight of a baseball?
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All other parameters being equal, a baseball will fly farther in warm, humid air than in cool, dry air.
Cool, dry air is heavier, more dense and imparts more resistence on the ball than warm, humid air.

A Myth

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The saying "Lightning never strikes the same place twice" is a myth.
Lightning follows the easiest path to the ground, and therefore has favored targets such as tall trees or the Empire State Building.
If you move to a spot that was hit by lightning during a current or previous storm,
you are actually increasing your chances of being struck.

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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