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Words From Jerry
Jerry is still having computer problems, so I have to do Jerry's Words this month. I want to welcome Dianne from Logan, UT to WEATHERFUN.

The weather news in October was Hurricane Sandy. For the second year in a row a tropical storm has hit the East Coast. Last year it was Irene. Sandy was the first storm that turned west and went straight into New Jersey around Atlantic City. She was a huge storm and was felt from North Carolina to Maine and to the west into Ohio. Not only did she bring wind, rain and water surge, but also snow.

One of my sisters lives further out east on Long Island in Center Moriches. Here house is by a canal that flows into Great South Bay which gets it's water from the Atlantic Ocean. Last year I couldn't get her to leave her house with Irene, but this year she did and it was a good thing. Water came up to her house. If it was a foot higher it would have gotten into her house. As it is, she got 4 foot of water in her basement losing her washer, dryer, oil burner and other items. Thank goodness she has flood insurance. It took over 24 hours for the water to go back to the canal and of course as I write this she still doesn't have any power, which is the case for about 80% of Long Island. I was lucky and never lost power, but as you know I did have a large branch come down that just missed my house.

On a sad note, Lynn from Elkton, MD lost her sister-in-law at the beginning of the month and then her brother 2 weeks later. She is very thankful for everyone's thoughts, prayers and support. Some good news is that her son's wife will be having a baby any day now.

Until next month when I hope Jerry's computer is working, get ready for Winter and that white stuff.

Bill from Long Island
Vice President & Moderator

October's Weather
  • 1st: Nadine weakens to a tropical storm.
  • 2nd: The NWS confirmed a EF-0 tornado in Tennessee on the 1st.
  • 3rd: TS Oscar forms in the eastern Atlantic.
  • 4th: TD #15 forms in the central Atlantic with 35 mph winds. A snowstorm in the northern Plains dumped as much as 14 inches of snow in northwestern Minnesota.
  • 5th: TS Oscar dissipates.
  • 5th-6th: 8-10 inches of snow just north of Custer, SD. About 2,000 lost power. Nadine lostes her tropical status after two loops and brushing the Azores twice.
  • 5th-6th: Up to three inches of snow fell across the Western U.P. of Michigan.
  • 6th-7th: Snow fell from Montana to Kansas, dropping about a half-foot in parts of Colorado and Nebraska and bringing the first cold outbreak of the season.
  • 7th: Battle Creek, IA dropped to 12 degrees; earliest 12F temperature in Iowa since 1935. Some snow fell in the highest terrain of New England and upstate New York.
  • 8th: Oklahoma City hit a record low of 31, breaking the old record of 34 set all the way back in 1921.
  • 11th: TD 16 forms out in the Atlantic and quickly becomes TS Patty, but won't last long. Record rainfall, .66", fell in Las Vegas, making October 2012 the 8th wettest on record for the city.
  • 12th: TS Rafael forms in the eastern Caribbean Sea.
  • 13th: TS Patty no longer a tropical cyclone.
  • 13th: There were three house fires in the Des Moines, IA area all caused by thunderstorms. A weak tornado was responsible for some minor damage in southwest Missouri.
  • 14th: Gusty winds of 40-50 mph downing some trees and large limbs across parts of IN, IL, OH.
  • 15th: Rafael becomes a hurricane in the Atlantic. A 130-yard-wide, EF-1 tornado hit Mayfield, KY with one person injured.
  • 16th: Winds toppled trees in Boise, ID & Missoula, MT and a 92-mph gust was recorded north of Centennial, WY.
  • 17th: Strong gusty winds knocked out power to nearly 30,000 in Colorado. Rafael becomes post-tropical. An EF-1 tornado hit Clarendon in Monroe Co., AR knocking down trees and powerlines and damaging a building.
  • 19th: NWS confirmed 7 tornadoes hit Mississippi at night on the 17th (4 EF-1s, 2 EF-2s, 1 EF-3 causing widespread damage. 10-12 people were injured after severe storm caused building collapse in Paradise Township, PA. This was later confirmed an EF 1. Reports of damage in Harford County from storms that moved through the Baltimore metro area. This was later confirmed an EF-0.
  • 22nd: TD 18 forms in the Caribbean and quickly becomes TS Sandy. TD 19 forms over the middle Atlantic. 2 feet of snow fell in the mountains of northern California.
  • 23rd: TD 19 becomes TS Tony.
  • 24th: TS Sandy makes landfall in southeastern Jamaica. 3 tornadoes were confirmed from storms on the 22nd in the area of Sacramento, CA with an additional one further north that in all total 52 homes damaged.
  • 25th: Sandy becomes a Cat 2 as she makes landfall in eastern Cuba and her circulation grew to about 1000mi diameter. At least 21 deaths were the a results of Hurricane Sandy across the western Caribbean. Tony becomes a post-tropical cyclone.
  • 26th: Sandy weakens to a TS, but than back to a hurricane moving up the East Coast, but well offshore.
  • 28th: Sandy turns NNW, then NW and finally West into New Jersey.
  • 29th: The NHC declares Sandy post tropical as she approaches southern New Jersey as a very big storm with major flooding expected in New Jersey, New York City and Long Island from a tidal surge. She makes landfall just south of Atlantic City, NJ.
  • 30th: Over 2 foot of snow fell from Sandy in West Virginia mountains and western Maryland. Lower New York City was flooded as well as the coast of New Jersey and Long Island. Millions on the East Coast lost power.
  • 31st: Parts of 5 states (WV, TN, VA, NC, MD) recorded over two feet of snow from Sandy. The death toll from Sandy continued to rise with at least 65 deaths (NY-30 PA-11 NJ-6 WV-6 CT-3 OH-2 VA-2 MD-2 NC-2 NH-1). Sandy's top winds state-by-state: NJ 90, NY 90, RI 86, CT 85, MA 83, PA 81, VA 79, ME 76, MD 76, MI 74, VT 72, NH 70, IN 69, OH 67, WV 65.

Main Street in
Park Rapids, Minnesota


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Parking your car under a tree that still has leaves on it
may save a little scraping and time.


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The jet stream is a narrow column of fast-moving
air anywhere from 5 to 10 miles above sea level.
The jet stream position is critical to the overall weather pattern
over large areas as it directs storms and divides warm air from cold.
Winds can exceed 250 mph in the strongest jet streams.


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Indian Summer is defined as a period of unseasonably
warm weather following the first frost or freeze.
Some areas of the country have already experienced a taste of Indian summer.


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Freshly fallen leaves can pose a serious driving hazard during the fall,
especially when combined with rain.
The combination can lead to extra-slick roadways and clogged drains.

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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