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Welcome to the

issue of the WEATHERFUN Newsletter

Words From Jerry
Greeting fellow Weatherfun members and welcome to the July issue of the Weatherfun Newsletter and Jerry's words.

Due to the reunion my words will be short.

As you all know we are all getting some very warm to hot weather. We have had some hot days here in Warren with several T-storms. More on the way for today.

As you know the reunion is next week, and I will be sending out more information each day on the events and activities that we have planned. So far the weather looks good, and we should be able to sit outside at night.

I hope you all enjoy the events that Andy has planned for the reunion. He has done a great job on it, and he has some great events planned for next year.

Until next month have a great summer and enjoy the weather.


June's Weather
  • 1st: 2 tornadoes touched down near Yuba City, California with no damage reported. NWS confirmed the next day that two tornadoes touched down in Maine. 18 communities in central and western Massachusetts were hit with severe weather that included at least 3 tornadoes that killed 4 people. The governor declared a state of emergency and called up 1,000 National Guardsmen. El Paso, TX recorded a trace of rain, ending a 118-day streak with no precipitation. The last recorded was 1.5" of snow on Feb 2. Driest 8 Months on Record At Midland, TX International Airport; Since October 2010, only 0.18" of rainfall. Baltimore, MD & Washington, DC each set record High temperatures with 98F each, breaking records set back in 1895.
  • 1st-4th: SanFrancisco, CA doubled its average rainfall for four months.
  • 2nd: A 100 year old record was broken in Jackson, MS.! Official high 101. Old record was 99 set in 1911! The earliest 100-degree day on record for Houston, TX. Evacuation ordered for Eastern Arizona community of Alpine as Wallow Fire expands.
  • 3rd: Birmingham, AL broke its high temp record four days running. In the country 466 record highs and high lows broken so far this June.
  • 4th: Wallow Fire in Arizona grows to 140,000 acres to become the third-largest wildfire in state history. A runner dies and 10 others overcome by heat at Chicago, IL South Side half-marathon. 1 person was killed and damage reported as severe storms slam parts of Indiana. 103 degrees at Mobile, AL breaks the highest temperature record for the month of June.
  • 5th: The first five days of June tied or broke daily record temperature levels for Baton Rouge, LA.
  • 5th-6th: Houston Bush Airport, TX hits 105 making it the hottest June day ever and then hits 105 again the next day.
  • 6th: Water restrictions were tightened statewide in Texas as drought continues. A record High Temperature of 102 set at Waco, TX. 937 U.S. daily record highs broken so far this month.
  • 6th-7th: The Twin Cities area had consecutive record-breaking daily highs of 97 and 103.
  • 7th: 2 people died in Maryland from the intense heat. Minneapolis, MN shattered the old record high of 95 by hitting 102. Sioux Falls, SD hit 100 degrees for the first time since July 30, 2006. 2 died in Memphis, TN area from the third heat record of season. The NWS in Billings, MT confirmed that two tornadoes touched down the night before, when a massive storm swept across the region.
  • 8th: One of the hardest-hit towns in flood-soaked Montana, Roundup, took another blow as record flooding struck for the second time in two weeks and forced residents to flee homes they had just started to clean up. Near-record temperatures, with heat advisories and warnings issued across the Northeast, mid-Atlantic, upper Midwest and parts of the South. The Wallow Fire becomes the 2nd-largest wildfire in Arizona's history. In southern California, temperatures are well below normal highs. Downtown Los Angeles reached just 67 degrees, 11 degrees below the normal 78. A lightning strike sent 77 Air Force Cadets to the hospital from Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center near Hattiesburg, MS.
  • 8th-9th: More than 60,000 southern Michigan electric customers without power from severe storms.
  • 9th: The 2011 US tornado death toll stands at 535, making it the deadliest year since 1936 that had 552. Nearly 50 new wildfires break out in south Georgia as a result of storms this week. Over 30 states had temperatures over 90 degrees with record highs set at: Atlantic City, NJ 101, Newark, NJ 101, Baltimore, MD 100, Wilmington, DE 97 and Georgetown, DE 97. The Joplin Tornado becomes the 7th deadliest U.S. tornado of record now with 151 deaths. Drought Monitor shows 57% of Texas in a Exceptional Drought. The Climate Prediction Center said that La Nina had ended. The Missouri River continues to rise flooding roads and forcing evacuations in several areas.
  • 19th: A 104 temperature in San Antonio, TX tied a record set in 1918 and marked the sixth consecutive day with triple digit heat.
  • 20th: High temperatures topped out at 102 degrees at Charleston International Airport, SC breaking the record of 100 degrees. Four people were injured when a tornado struck their rural Norton County home in Kansas. Strong thunderstorms created havoc across Nebraska, producing several tornadoes, damaging homes, tearing down trees and power lines, flooding streets and halting play in the college World Series at TD Ameritrade Park in downtown Omaha.
  • 21st: A man playing baseball in Ruby, SC was killed by lightning. The NWS confirmed the next day that two EF0 tornadoes touched down in East Texas.
  • 22nd: Severe storms moved across Louisville, KY producing tornadoes and damaging several barns at the racetrack. The next day 4 tornadoes were confirmed to have touched down in the Louisville, Kentucky. The NWS confirmed the next day that an EF-0 tornado hit Blaine and Coon Rapids in Minnesota. Severe storms in Ocean County, NJ had a tree fall on car, killing 1. NWS confirms EF-1 tornado touched down near Chicago, IL the night before that knocked out power to thousands in Chicago. First measurable rain at Houston Hobby Arpt, TX since May 12. Laredo, TX reached a high of 90 degrees, ending a streak of 35 consecutive days with temperatures reaching at least 100. Hundreds of thousands remained without power in areas in the central United States after severe weather tore through the Midwest and parts of the South. Spokane, WA reached the 80s for first time in 2011. Previous record for the latest "first 80s" of year was Jun. 13. Minot, ND prepared for historic flooding from the Missouri River.
  • 23rd: 1/4 of the lower 48 land area in drought (27.29%). More than 11,000 residents, almost a quarter of the population, of Minot, ND evacuated from the flooding Missouri River.
  • 24th: The Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant north of Omaha, NE. was threatened of flooding from the Missouri River. Amarillo, TX recorded their all time high of 109. The highs at the Raleigh-Durham airport, NC have been 90 or above on 25 days in 2011 after last year's record for 91 days at 90-plus temperatures in a year. Storms move through metro Atlanta, GA knocking out power to 59,000.
  • 25th: Lubbock, TX. reached a record 110°. Flooding from the Missouri River submerges parts of Minot, ND. wildfires burning in North Carolina prompt governor to declare a State of Emergency.
  • 25th-26th: Cahokia, Illinois had 6.21 inches of rain in 24-hours. Triple-digit heat was common in Texas, Oklahoma and western Kansas.
  • 26th: NWS confirmed EF-1 tornado with 95 mph winds touched down in Dubois County, Indiana in the morning and it's the 9th confirmed one so far this season. 6 cites in KA, O and TX tied or broke all-time record highs with Childress, TX reaching 117, 3 degrees shy of Texas' hottest temperature. Temperatures in Lubbock, TX reached 112 degrees, breaking the city’s high record for the day and ranking as it’s second-hottest day on record ever.
  • 27th: Las Vegas, NV set an all-time record -22 degree dewpoints. Seattle, WA hasn't hit 80° in 296 days. Flood waters from the Missouri River entered the turbine building at Los Alamos National Lab in Nebraska nuclear power plant after a berm collapsed.
  • 28th:The NWS confirmed an EF-1 tornado touched down near Georgetown, Ohio on the 27th. TS Arlene forms in the SW Gulf of Mexico.
  • 29th: A possible tornado touched down near Glasgow, MT. 4.22" of much needed rain fell at Ft. Myers, FL.
  • 30th: Storms battered the Chicago area with hail, lightning and wind damaging homes and cars and causing 50,000 to lose power. There were more than 1100 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes in a single hour during the height of the storm. Oklahoma City has been over 90 degrees every day this month, with 10 days above 100 and averaged 7 degrees above normal for the month. Arlene comes ashore in the morning at near Cabo Rojo, Mexico with 60 mph winds and bringing heavy rains that caused flooding and mudslides and 2 deaths. 97 percent of Texas is in the midst of a drought. 236 of the 254 Texas counties now have burn bans. 1 person was killed and several others were injured when severe storm tore across Kenosha, WI. The Las Conchas wildfire (100,000+ acres) became the largest wildfire in New Mexico history.


Summer Winds

The winds of Summer can often make it cooler.
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The cooler water temperature cools the sinking air more so that it than flows onshore 5 to 15 degrees cooler and some times even more.

Thunderstorms can be regarded as nature's air conditioners. Thunderstorm downdrafts bring much cooler air from the upper atmosphere down to the Earth's surface. Before the storm, the temperature may be 90 degrees or higher. Once the storm hits, the downward rush of air may lower the temperature by as much as 15 or 20 degrees.

Hello New Members
  • John from Rhode Island
Did You Know?

A large thundercloud may hold as much as 150,000 tons of water in the form of raindrops and ice crystals. This water would be enough to fill a pond a mile long, 300 feet wide, and a little over 5 feet deep.

The 2 main events at this year's Reunion are a trip to the New Bedford Whaling Museum and a train ride from Hyannis, MA along the Cape Cod Canal.

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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