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issue of the WEATHERFUN Newsletter

Words From Jerry
Jerry's computer is still not working, so I'm doing his Words again.

December was a very sad month for WEATHERFUN. We lost 2 members, Jerry lost a cousin, Cathy lost her Mother and one of my sister's daughter lost her Father In Law. It's hard to write anything with all the sad news.

I should note that the highlight for this past year's Reunion was our visiting Andy.

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He was so happy to see us and we were pleased to make his wife Deb and him happy.

Even with these sad times, I hope everyone had a good Christmas and will have a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Bill from Long Island
Vice President

December's Weather
  • 1st: An estimated 26 inches of snow fell during the 24 hour period ending at 4 PM PST on Mammoth Mountain, CA.
  • 1st-2nd: Many High Max Temp records were tied or broken across the southern and Midwest states. Neighborhoods in Northern California began flooding, as heavy rains dumped on a region already saturated by two major weather systems in the last five days.
  • 3rd: In a span of 5 days, Brandy Creek, CA picked up 23.4" of rain.
  • 4th: 82 Cities in 10 states set new all time December high temp records.
  • 6th-7th: Storms dumped fresh snow all over the Cascades, giving Paradise on Mount Rainier 23 inches within a 24-hour period.
  • 7th: A litany of crashes caused 1 death frin freezing rain in Northeast Pennsylvania.
  • 9th: NWS confirmed an EF-1 tornado (100 mph winds) touched down NNE of Doniphan, MO.
  • 9th-10th: More than 300 vehicle crashes/accidents reported in Minnesota due to snow and ice. The system dropped 10.6 inches of snow at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
  • 10th: 40+ mobile homes damaged, 2 people injured from a tornado in the Edgewater, FL. NWS confirmed at least 5 tornadoes from storms (All EF-1s) Mississippi-2, Louisiana-2, Alabama-1.
  • 11th: Heavy rain in northern Palm Beach County, Florida with 12-14 inches.
  • 13th: More than a foot of snow in parts of CA mountains with 14" near Kirkwood Meadows, CA.
  • 14th: The 1st December tornado on record occur in the Amarillo forecast area 3 miles NE of Washburn, TX. 1 person died after the winds overturned a truck.
  • 17th: A tornado touched down and damaged a home in the Laurel Bay military housing community in northern Beaufort, SC.
  • 17th-18th: A strong storm in the NW dumped up to 3 feet of snow in the mountains and winds gusting to 80 mph along the coast causing power outages.
  • 18th-19th: A Winter storm across northern Maine with up to 14 inches of snow.
  • 19th-20th: A storm that dumped more than a foot of snow in the Rocky Mountains caused problems for travelers as it spread across the Plains. Up to 40,000 people lost power across the Dallas, TX area due to high winds.
  • 20th: An EF-1 tornado hit Mobile, AL causing widespread damage.
  • 20th-21st: A blizzard with hurricane force winds that caused many power outages in Iowa/Wisconsin/Michigan with the highest total of 20" near Madison, WI.
  • 21st: At least 50,000 lost power in the Northeast due to wind: 35k in NJ, 10k on L.I., 3500 NYC/Westchester, 1600 CT.
  • 23rd: Much of northern Florida had freezing early morning temperatures.
  • 25th: A severe weather outbreak with 34 reports of tornadoes from SE Texas east to the panhandle of Florida resulting in at least 6 deaths making it the worst tornado outbreak on Christmas ever recorded. North of the system produce snow from central Texas to Arkansas. The NWS would confirmed at least 25 tornadoes from the historic Christmas Day outbreak across 4 states (AL-14, MS-5, LA-4, TX-2).
  • 26th: Blizzard conditions in the midwest with 18 states having snow over 6" and 8 states with a foot or more.
  • 26th-27th: More than a foot of snow piled up across portions of northern New York & New England.
  • 29th-30th: Rain changing to a little snow along the coast of the midAtlantic, but lots of snow further north. Southern New England had up to a foot snow and Maine had over a foot.
  • 31st: Several inches of snow in the St Louis area. 46 out of 50 states reported/confirmed tornadoes in 2012, according to SPC (Annual average number of states is 43)

Chicago, IL

Ice Formation

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It is not just snow and rain that meteorologists have to
worry about in the winter, ice is also a concern.Ice occurs
when a mild layer of air wedges between subfreezing
air even higher in the atmosphere and at the surface.
Snowflakes falling through this mild air will melt with the
water droplets & then re-freeze in the colder air near the surface.
If that layer of subfreezing air is thick enough and the
rain freezes before reaching the ground, it is called sleet.
If the rain freezes upon impact, it is called freezing rain.

Wind Chill

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Wind chill is a measure of how fast
heat is being removed from your body.
It is a function of temperature,
but does not lower the temperature.
Gusts of wind will make the
instantaneous wind chill much lower.

Sad Day

December 4th was a sad day for WEATHERFUN.
We lost 2 of our members who were very active.
And they were really nice guys.


New Member

  • Raymond - Newburyport MA.
  • Dave - St Paul MN.
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