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Welcome to the September issue of the WEATHERFUN Newsletter

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

Somehow September has crept upon us and here we are with fall knocking on our doorstep. But, we still have some summer left and some summer weather to go through.

The hurricane season that had a slow start has suddenly become very active. Charley of course did a lot of damage in Florida and lives were loss. People in some areas of Florida are still trying to get over the destruction caused by Charley. We have had Gaston, and Hermine visit us up here in the Northeast and the Carolinas. Not much destruction in the Northeast, but a lot of very heavy rain in the Carolinas, Virginia and parts of New York. Now all eyes are on the Southeast where a giant of a storm called Frances is now taking aim on Florida again, and landfall is expected this Labor Day weekend. As I have said above they are still trying to get over the effects from Charley and a visit from Frances is the last thing that they need. We need to take this storm very serious, and to prepare for it, and to do what ever the officials say to do. If they say leave, by all means leave the area. It is one thing to track a monster like Frances, but to go through it, this is another matter.

As fall approaches, vacations are over, and the children are back to school, and it is now time to think about indoor activities. Lynn, Bill and I will be going over this years reunion, showing some of the prizes that we had at the Grand Finale Cookout, and bring to your attention the vendors who supplied these great prizes and to thank them for their great gifts. This year we had top of the line weather prizes that total some $5,000.00. Quite amazing folks. This year Lynn actually had vendors come to her to ask if they could take part in this years reunion. Weatherfun has come a long way folks, and we will be even better in the year to come.

Again our prayers and thoughts are out to all those in the path of Frances. We all wish that the destruction could be moved out to sea, but we all pray that it will be at a minimum.

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August's Weather
  • 1st: TD #1 becomes TS Alex just southeast of South Carolina. Flooding rains in eastern Pennsylvania and parts of New Jersey.
  • 2nd: Storms in the Upper Plains with some areas having golfball size hail.
  • 3rd: Alex becomes a hurricane with winds near 100 mph and just misses the Outer Banks as it headed out to sea. TD #2 forms 460 miles east of the Windward Islands, but becomes only a tropical wave the next day. Strong storms in Illinois and Indiana with flooding rains and damaging winds.
  • 4th: Hurricane Alex, out in the open waters of the Atlantic becomes a Cat 3 storm.
  • 5th-8th: A strong Cold Front brought record Low temperature from the Upper Plains and then east the Atlantic and south to the Gulf of Mexico.
  • 7th-8th: A stalled front across central Florida brought heavy rain with some areas getting over 8 inches of rain.
  • 8th: Severe weather in the Upper Plains with several tornadoes in northern Minnesota.
  • 9th: Former TD #2 reforms and quickly becomes TS Bonnie in the SE Gulf of Mexico, while TD #3 forms in the eastern Caribbean and then becomes TS Charley and finally Hurricane Charley by the next night.
  • 10th: Record Low temperatures in the Upper Plains.
  • 11th: 3 to 5" of rain in parts of Oklahoma and the Panhandle of Florida.
  • 12th: More record Low temperatures from the Upper Plains to the Midwest.
  • 12th: TS Bonnie comes ashore near Apalachicola, FL with heavy rains and 55 mph winds. Several tornadoes were spawned in norther Florida and into Georgia and the next day a tornado in eastern North Carolina killed one person. Hurricane Charley becomes a Cat 2 storm just south of the western tip of Cuba.
  • 13th: Hurricane Charley rapidly becomes a Cat 4 and curves NE into Florida just NW of Ft Myers, FL with winds of 145 mph. Overnight he ripped across central Florida and reached the Atlantic near Dayton just after midnight. Damage was severe with at least 20 deaths and maybe over $10 billion of damage.
  • 14th: Hurricane Charley moved along the coast and came ashore just north of Myrtle Beach, SC with 70 mph winds and heavy rains. Winds slowly diminished to 50 mph as he moved over North Carolina and Virginia dropping flooding rains.
  • 14th-15th: While parts in the middle of the country down to the Gulf had record Low temperatures, parts of Oregon and Washington had record High temperatures.
  • 19th-24: After getting back close to normal, more cold Canadian moved into the middle of the country and then spread slowly eastward.
  • 26th: Heavy rain and softball size hail in Iowa.
  • 27th: Very heavy rain in the Kansas City area...up to 10 inches.
  • 28th: Flooding rains in parts of Ohio. TS Gaston came ashore in South Carolina with up to 10 inches of rain and winds close to 70 mph.
  • 30th: The remnants of Gaston dumped close to 10 inches of rain in the Richmond, VA area causing flooding up to 10 feet high and 5 deaths, and several weak tornadoes throughout southern and eastern Virginia. A slow moving Cold Front dumps close to 8 inches of rain in parts of northern New Jersey and southern New York.
  • 31st: TS Hermine makes landfall west of Cape Cod with winds near 40 mph.

Cahoon Hollow Beach and the Atlantic Ocean on old Cape Cod

Links 4 You
May 24, 2004: Extremely Large Hail Near Meadville, MO. You can read about it by clicking Here
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Did You Know?

How far is the horizon?

The question is deceptively simple. But for an observer at sea, what appears as the horizon (in miles) is equal to 1.317 times the square root of the height of the vantage point (measured in feet.) Thus if you are 10 feet above the waterıs surface, the horizon is 4.16 miles away.

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