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Welcome to the March issue of the WEATHERFUN Newsletter

Words From Jerry
Greetings fellow Weatherfun members, and welcome to the May newsletter.

Well, I know you have heard me say this before, but I will say it again. Time is really marching on. Here we are in May, next month the hurricane season starts, and before you know it the Third Weatherfun Reunion will be upon us. Plans are moving forward for our reunion even as I write this newsletter. As you might know one very popular event will again be held this year. We will again visit the NBC TV 10 weather center, and TV studio, hosted by Bill Gile. Bill has graciously said that he will be honored to have our Weatherfun group back this year. As you know this was one of the highlights of last year's reunion.

Also this year for those of you who will be arriving early in the Rhode Island area, we have the Tall Ships. I am working on getting us on a boat that will take us amongst the Tall Ships. I am also working on a special guest for the Grand Finale cookout to be held at our home here in Warren. A sort of Weathernut like myself who you all will enjoy meeting very much.

For those of you who have not signed up for this years reunion, why not do it now. Believe me you will be in for one grand time of weather related presentations, family fun, and good friendship.

As you know we are approaching the severe weather period. Please be very careful when this severe weather approaches your area. Take all precaution to protect life and property. Till next month enjoy the spring weather.

April's Weather
  • From March 31st-2nd: A slow eastward moving upper level Low over the Ohio Valley produced heavy rains and very cool temperatures, with parts of New England getting over 6 inches of rain.
  • 1st: Drought conditions in the Rockies lead to wildfires in Colorado.
  • 3rd-5th: Slow moving severe storms in Texas caused flooding rains, hail and tornadoes. Some areas got up to 3" of hail.
  • 10th-11th: Heavy snow in the Rockies with some places getting up to 22 inches. New Mexico and Texas hit with severe weather of flooding rains and some tornadoes.
  • 11th-12th: Flooding rains and damaging winds in Florida while the West Coast had record heat.
  • 12th-13th: Heavy rains in the mid-Atlantic to New England.
  • 13th: Several inches of wet snow in the Tennessee Valley.
  • 17th: Severe storms from Ohio to Iowa with heavy rain, hail, & strong winds. A few weak tornadoes in Iowa.
  • 19th: Severe storms from the Canadian border to Iowa with hail and several tornadoes, as well as western Texas & Oklahoma.
  • 20th: Severe storms with several tornadoes from the Plains to the Midwest with at least 8 deaths from a tornado in Utica, IL.
  • 21st: Severe storms, hail & tornadoes in western Texas, Oklahoma, & Arkansas. A few places in Oklahoma had hail 2 to 3 inches on the ground some the size of softballs.
  • 22nd & 23rd: Blinding dust storms in New Mexico caused a series of crashes on Interstate 40, killing one woman and injuring 13 other people, Heavy wet snow for parts of the Rockies. Most places got up to a foot of snow causing 4 deaths and some of the peaks got up to 3 feet.
  • 23rd & 24th: More severe storms in Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma causing flash flooding that resulted in 4 deaths.
  • 25th-27th: Record heat throughout the West.
  • 27th: Thousands of customers had no electricity Wednesday in northwest Washington following severe storms that included a rare tornado. Luckily there were no deaths due to the storms.
  • 29th & 30th: Severe storms along the Gulf Coast with heavy rains, hail and damaging winds.
  • 30th: Parts of Colorado received up to a foot of snow. The ballgame in Denver was called due to the snow. Flash floods in Texas take 6 lives.

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Greatest 24 Hour Rainfall in the United States was 43.00 inches Alvin, TX July 25/26 1979

Time marches on. Have you signed up to be at the WEATHERFUN Reunion 2004. It's being held in Rhode Island July 15th to 18th. Come talk about the weather, see the Tall Ships, see how they do the weather at a TV station, have great food, and most of all be with other WEATHERFUN members to enjoy their company.

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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