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Greetings fellow Weatherfun members and welcome to the October issue of the Weatherfun Newsletter and Jerry's Words.

Well, summer has passed and fall has arrived. It was a very hot and humid summer here in Warren, with high humidity, and high dew points, making for one hot summer. I reached a high of 103 degrees.

Now that Fall has arrived and so have the cool temps. We have had morning lows in the 40's and had to put the wood stove on once to take the chill off the house. Looks like it is time for me to order my cord wood for the winter season.

The remnants of Nicole went through this area a few days ago and dropped 0.61 of an inch of rain, and a peak gust wind of 42 MPH. Blue Hill Weather Observatory that some of us visited this past July had a peak gust wind of 63 MPH and sustained winds of 41 MPH. Imagine being up on the roof in winds like that?

Next summer's reunion will be held one week later due to commitments of some of our members, but still at the Quality Motor Inn in Somerset, Mass. We have two members who would like to plan an event in the Newport area during one of the days of the reunion. I think it will be a great event that they are planning, so it looks like a great time for all. So why not make plans now to attend our annual family reunion, and have a great time. This year looks like it will be a great event, with some ideas that I am working on now. All we need is you to attend, so as the man says on TV COME ON DOWN.

Remember that this is your newsletter and if you have an article that you would like to see published in your newsletter why not send it to Bill or me and we will get it in a future issue of the newsletter.

Until next month enjoy your fall. Some of the greatest weather can be had during the early fall months, so why not take advantage of them and enjoy them. Before you know it the you know what will be flying through the air and that is not good.

Welcome to our newest members, and please feel free to post what the weather is like in your part of our great nation. I know we have another member from Cumberland, R. I., so why not post something of what is going on in the northern part of the state. You have a neighbor from Woonsocket up in your area. Andy is a very active member, and we all enjoy reading his daily post. You can learn more about Weatherfun by visiting our web site WEATHERFUN.

Till next month enjoy the weather and your family until the next newsletter.


September's Weather
  • 1st: Snow kicked off the month of September in Montana with 3.0 inches measured near Essex. Heavy rain in SW Missouri with up to 10" in some areas.
  • 2nd: Hurricane Earl approached the Outer Banks of NC. In the morning he had winds of 140 mph, but dry air knocked him down to a Cat 2. He passed offshore by about 65 miles bringing heavy rain, pounding waves and strong winds that flooded roads and knocked out power, but causing no injuries and only modest damage. While 2 people drown in rip currents off the New Jersey coast. Gaston became a remnant low.
  • 3rd: Earl continued to weaken to a Cat 1 and turned NE passing east of Cape Code. Heavy surf from NC to Cape Cod.
  • 4th: Earl weakened to a tropical storm after mading landfall near Western Head, Nova Scotia as a hurricane, and knocking out power to 155,000 people and causing one death. Fiona fizzles out. TD 10 forms in the SW Gulf of Mexico.
  • 6th: TD 10 becomes TS Hermine and makes landfall in the evening in Mexico about 40 miles south of Brownsville, Texas. 1 dead from rip current at Jamaica Beach, TX. Brownsville, TX received 1.28" of rain and 53 mph gusts from Hermine, while South Padre Island, TX received 3.20" and 62 mph gusts.
  • 7th: Gusty winds above 40 mph knocked down numerous power lines in Detroit, starting at least two dozen house fires and leaving over 110,000 customers without power. Hermine tracks north through central Texas with tropical storm winds for almost 24 hours and dropping flooding rains of 5 to almost a foot of rain. There were several tornadoes, including an EF-2 in Dallas which damaged a building, but no injurys. Later at least 2 more deaths were related to Hermine.
  • 8th: The remnants of Tropical Storm Hermine swept northward through Texas and into Oklahoma, forcing more than 100 high-water rescues, swamping city neighborhoods, spawning 6 tornadoes and killing at least two people. A wildfire over several days in Colorado destroyed 169 homes and burned 6,365 acres. TS Igor forms south of the Cape Verde Islands.
  • 9th: TS Igor weakens to a tropical depression.
  • 10th: The National Weather Service said Wisconsin has seen 42 tornadoes so far this year. That's the third most tornadoes in the State on record. Igor becomes a TS again.
  • 10th: Igor becomes a hurriane.
  • 11th: Igor becomes a Cat 3 major hurricane far out in the Atlantic.
  • 12th: Igor becomes a Cat 4.
  • 13th: Strong thunderstorms with 80 mph winds in SE Nebraska caused major damage. Hail the size of tennis balls fell in New Milford and Clarks Summit, PA.
  • 15th: Baseball to softball size hail just west of Wichita, KS from severe storms that also had tornadoes, hail and up to 6" of rain. Hurricane Karl makes landfall about 10 miles north of Veracruz, Mexico with top winds of 115 mph and quickly is downgraded. But rain of over 8" caused flooding and landslides that killed 2 people.
  • 16th: Ten tornado were reported in southern Ohio and West Virginia with caused injuries and damage. The tornadoes in Ohio flattened buildings, flipped over mobile homes and injured more than a dozen people. 2 tornadoes were confirmed in New York City that down hundreds of trees, knocking out power and causing one death. Massive t-storm complex produced GRAPEFUIT size hail (4" diameter) just south of Amarillo, TX.
  • 17th: Light snow up to 4" fell in some areas of north central Montana and along the Rocky Mountain Front.
  • 18th-19th: Over 10 in. of rain fell in parts of South Texas.
  • 19th-20th: Hurricane Igor swept past Bermuda as a Cat 1 and kept lashing at the Atlantic island with high winds and furious waves causing power failures in many areas. The storm knocked boats from their moorings and littered the island with downed trees and branches, but there were no reports of major damage or injuries.
  • 20th: Very hot in the Upper Plains with Sidney, NE. hitting 98 degrees, smashing the record of 93 degrees from 1956 and 2005.
  • 21st: Wind gusts and hail in the Midwest, with 1.75 inch hail in Bristol, WI. and a 78mph gust in Roanoke IL. Memphis, TE hit 96 degrees, while, Louisville, KY had a high temperature of 98 degrees, breaking the record of 96 degrees set back in 1895. Hurricane Igor caused widespread damage across eastern Newfoundland as heavy rains flooded communities, washed out roads, and stranded some residents in their homes.
  • 22nd: 4.25 inch-diameter hailstones fell 1 mile south of Crofton, Neb. from severe storms, while several areas in Iowa had 1-3" hail. Flash flooding in many areas from central NE to southern MN with some highways under water and many homes flooded. from 8 to 10" of rain.
  • 23rd: TD 15 forms in the Caribbean and quickly becomes Matthew.
  • 24th: TS Matthew comes ashore in NE Nicaraqua. Lisa becomes a hurricane out in the Atlantic near Africa.
  • 26th: Lisa rapidly loses strength and becomes a remnant low way out in the Atlantic. The high in Downtown LA of 105-degrees was the hottest day in 20 years.
  • 26th-27th: Wilmington, NC hit with over 10" of rain causing flooded roadways.
  • 27th: Downtown Los Angeles set an all-time record high of 113 degrees as a heat wave bakes California leaving thousands without power. Severe storms hammered Georgia on Monday, including Atlanta. Gusty winds downed trees and cut power to over 8,500 customers. An EF-0 tornado SW of Philadelphis, PA damages some buildings and trees. T.D. 16 formed in western Caribbean.
  • 29th: TD16 becomes TS Nicole, but dissapates 6 hours later over the straits of Florida.
  • 30th: Tropical moisture flowing up the East Coast, a storm in the mid-Atlantic states and the remnants from Nicole drenched the East Coast from the Carolinas to New Jersey, washing out commutes, delaying and cancelling flights and forcing school closures. 5 deaths were reported in North Carolna. The hardest rain fell in North Carolina, where Jacksonville picked up 12 inches of rain. Wilmington, N.C. received 19.94" of rain since the 26th; the most rain the city has ever had in 4 straight days.

Freeport, TX

Did You Know?

The remnants from Hermine dropped flooding rains in much of Texas and parts of Oklahoma.
Here's 2 radars of the rainfall totals.

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A Hot Summer
The following large cities all posted a record hottest summer:
Washington D.C.National Airport: 81.3 (old record 80.0 summer of 1943)
Dulles Airport, VA: 77.8 (old record 76.8 summer of 2007)
Richmond, VA: 81.3 (old record 80.0 summer of 1994)
Atlantic City, NJ: 77.5 (old record 75.8 summer of 2005)
Philadelphia, PA: 79.6 (old record 78.9 summer of 1995)
New York City (Central Park): 77.8 (old record 77.3 summer of 1966)
Trenton, NJ: 77.7 (old record 76.5 summer of 1898)
Wilmington, DE: 77.8 (old record 77.7 summer of 1900)
Baltimore, MD: 79.2 (old record 79.1 summer of 1943)
Norfolk, VA: 81.1 (old record 80.0 summer of 1994)
Tampa, FL: 84.5 (previous record 84.2 in 1998)
Lakeland, FL: 84.6 (previous record 84.4 in 1987)
St. Petersburg, FL: 85.6 (old record 84.6 in 1987)

Santa Barbara, CA was the only major U.S. city that had its coldest summer on record, though several other California cities were unusually cool. San Diego had its 3rd coolest summer, and the Los Angeles airport had its 2nd coolest summer.

Fortunately, it was a very wet summer, and the record heat did not lead to widespread drought. Summer 2010 ranked as the 16th wettest summer in the 116-year record for the contiguous U.S. Wisconsin had its wettest summer on record, and six other states had a top-ten wettest summer. No state had a top-ten driest summer.

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