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Welcome to the September issue of the WEATHERFUN Newsletter

Words From Jerry
Greetings, fellow Weatherfun members.

Well, here we are the beginning of September, and most if not all our children and grandchildren are back in school. We have just completed our very successful Second Weatherfun Reunion and are making plans for our third reunion, and what is starting to look like our biggest reunion yet.

What can I say about this year's reunion that I have not already said. It was our most successful reunion yet, and a grand time was had by all.

We had several family activities, and also several successful weather related activities. Some of the highlights were a visit to Blue Hill Weather Observatory, and also a visit to NBC TV 10 WJAR TV studio and weather center. Our tour guide weekend meteorologist Bill Gile did a fine job in giving us a tour of not only the TV studio but also the weather center. He also let us try out hand at the Blue Wall and try forming our own forecast for this area. It was a tour that I know I will never forget. We also had our grand finale cookout at our home here in Warren. We had two new members join us for the first time this year. Carolyn Eagan who put on a presentation of her long range forecasting. Also Richard from Cape Cod who got a little lost on his way to my home but finally did make it safely. Bill put on a presentation on his visit to the Strom Prediction Center, along with his famous Weather Quiz. Lynn talked about her work with the NWS, and a small talk by me on my visit to a Hurricane Hunter Plane, and also my meeting Max Mayfield of the Hurricane Center of Miami Florida. As you can see we had quite the evening, and you sure want to plan on attending next year's reunion. It promises to be quite the event.

The hurricane season up to now has not been very active, but as I write this we now have Hurricane Fabian going and TS Grace. So, it looks like we are about to get very active with the hurricane season. As you all know the peak of the season is in September and October, and we are well on our way. I think the next few weeks are going to prove quite interesting.

Please enjoy the rest of your summer. Keep an eye to the sky, but above all stay safe.

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August's Weather
  • 1st - 12th A trough over the eastern half of the country with an upper level low over the Great Lakes caused flooding rains, storms, & very high dew points.
  • 1st - 10th Texas heat expanded into Oklahoma & Kansas. Triple digit heat was common in Texas.
  • 7th - Storms in Florida with several tornadoes.
  • 9th - A few more weak tornadoes in Florida with very heavy rain.
  • 14th - 16th Tropical Storm Erika forms and moves rapidly westward, coming ashore just south of Brownsville, TX. She was weaker than expected with top winds around 45 mph.
  • 17th -21st Record High temperatures in the Central Plains with many places reaching triple digit highs.
  • 19th - Heavy rains caused flash floods in parts of Las Vegas & the neighboring desert Tuesday evening. About 3" of rain fell in under 90 minutes. In a few locations, 2.8" fell in 20 minutes! Many people had to be rescued from their cars as roads turned into raging rivers of water. Las Vegas averages just 1/2" of rain in Aug.
  • 21st - TD #9 forms SE of Puerto Rico, but the mountains of Hatti tear it apart.
  • 24th - 26th Triple digit heat in parts of Kansas & Arkansa.
  • 27th - 28th TD#10 forms and becomes TS Fabian.
  • 29th - 30th Fabian becomes a hurricane, and then a Cat 3 with 115 mph winds.
  • 30th Parts of Oklahoma get hits with heavy rain. Tulsa receives 6" in just over 6 hours causing major roadway flooding. TS Grace forms in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • 30th - Heavy rains in Kansas caused flooding highways that resulted in 4 deaths from rushing water across a roadway.
  • 31st - TS Grace comes ashore near Galveston with 40 mph winds, but dropping 4-6" of rain. Hurricane Fabian becomes a Cat 4 hurricane. Seattle, WA has it's 55 straight day with 70+ temps.

Kill Devil Hills, NC

Links 4 You
Want to see more pictures of the Reunion? Just go to REUNION 2003. But it's a big site, so plan to spend some time.
Hello New Members
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Did You Know?

On June 16, 1939 a shower of tiny frogs fell on Trowbridge, England. Strong winds had carried them aloft from a nearby pond.
Reunion 2003

It was another BIG success. Don't miss Reunion 2004. Make plans now to attend.

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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