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Words From Jerry
Another month where I'm doing Jerry's Words as his computer still can't connect to the Internet.

When I do the Monthly Contest, I save the pages for the next year and delete the names on the Members Forecast Page. This year it was a sad job as I had to remove Andy and Gary's name. I miss both of them very much, not just for the Contest, but for their post about the weather.

January here on Long Island was a roller coaster in temperatures. The first 3 weeks the temps were running well above normal. The next week had temperatures lower than they have been in 2 years. Only to be followed by 2 warm days that ended with heavy rain and strong winds, although I was lucky compared to other places on Long Island.

Time is moving on and it won't be that long before it's time for the Reunion. This year it will be held on July 11th to the 14th. I don't know what Jerry is planning, but I'm sure it will be great. So make your plans now to join us.

Until next month, when I hope Jerry will be doing his Words, have a safe and happy February.

Bill from Long Island
Vice President & Moderator

January's Weather
  • 1st: Chicago's stretch of 310 consecutive days without a sub-freezing high temp came to an end, when the high only got to 25.
  • 3rd: Up to 10 inches of snow from West TX to southwest NM.
  • 5th: Chicago's season snow total finally exceeded an inch on (1.3"), the fourth latest such occurrence on record.
  • 8th: The streak of 198 consecutive days without a killer tornado in the US is a new record.
  • 8th-9th: A strong storm caused flooding rains along the Gulf Coast. In Texas: 4.82" in Waco, 3.81" in Houston, 3.77" in College, 3.77" in Hillsboro. Eunice, LA had 12.25 inches. Roads were flooded and schools were closed. States of Emergency were declared in parts of Texas & Louisiana. 2 tornadoes were later confirmed in Louisiana.
  • 12th: The NWS would confirm a EF-2 tornado that tracked 1.75 miles across Livingston Co., KY causing damage to trees, powerlines and destroying a gym at North Livingston Baptist Church.
  • 12th-13: Parts of Utah had overnight Lows below zero with over 2 feet of snow. Southern California had overnight temperatures fall below freezing in many valleys.
  • 13th: Bitter Cold in the Northern Plains and Rocky Mountains with -36 degrees in West Yellowstone, WY.; -32 in Alamosa, CO. and -29 in Driggs, ID. The NWS would confirm the next day that an EF-1 tornado tracked 7.25 miles near Shreveport, LA., injuring 2 people, an EF-0 in Eagleville, TN in Rutherford County and an EF-1 hit near Breaux Bridge, LA,. There 2nd tornado in 4 days. An EF-1 tornado touched down in Pearl River County, MS. Most of the damage sustained pertained to vehicles, trees and small outlying structures. Mt. Washington, NH set an all time record High for January of 48 degrees.
  • 14th: 11 below zero temps in the Lake Tahoe, NV area caused pipes to burst and flood casinos.
  • 14th-15th: An Ice storm in MS, southeast AR, northeast LA. 100s of customers lost power in Greenville, MS. Freezing rain in Monroe, LA downed power lines, which in turn started a couple of house fires. Heavy rain further north left: Bristol, TN 5.3", Knoxville, TN 6.2", Andrews, NC 6.8".
  • 15th: Hundreds of flights canceled amid ice and snow in the Dallas, TX area.
  • 16th: Miami tied record for most days 80+ in January, at 15 days, but would miss the breaking the record the next day by 1 degree due to rain arriving.
  • 16th-17th: Snow in the South: reports by state: 15" WV, 14" NC, 13.5" VA, 8" TN, 6.3" KY, 6" MS, 5.5" AL.
  • 17th: Over 30 car accidents near Jasper, AL from snow.
  • 17th-18th: Hundreds of people in central Alabama spent a cold night trapped on Interstate 65 in Cullman.
  • 20th: High Winds in SE Michigan caused 92,000 to lose power.
  • 21st: Snow caused over 150 car accidents in Ohio with 1 dead, at least 20 injured. Lake Effect snow dropped up to 18 inches in Oswego and Cayuga counties in New York.
  • 22nd: An Arctic outbreak closeed schools in the midwest with cold and snow. A Clipper brought a little snow to the midAtlantic, Lake Effect in western NY and New England got up to a foot with temperatures as low as -50 degrees.
  • 23rd: The Arctic outbread caused several deaths in the Midwest. Many cities experienced delays due to weather-related circuit problems and rails breaking from the extreme cold. Duluth, MN finally got above zero after 82 hours of being below it.
  • 24th: Freezing rain shut down airport and caused hundreds of crashes in northern Utah.
  • 25th: More than an inch of snow fell in Chicago, ending the city's 335-day streak of no more than an inch of snow accumulation in one day. For the 2nd week in a row, State of Emergency declared in Tennessee due to ice storm conditions. Lexington, KY had over 70 crashes on icy roads.
  • 27th: Ice accumulations around a quarter-inch across portions of eastern Iowa caused numerous accidents.
  • 27th-28th: Two-day snowfall for Coal Bank Pass, CO: 41".
  • 28th: Record Highs in several cities in Kansas and Missouri.
  • 30th: A severe tornado outbreak caused at least 3 tornadoes were confirmed in Tennessee from overnight/early morning storms (EF-2, EF-0, EF-0). 5 tornadoes in Georgia injured 22 and killed 1 person ending the longest continuous stretch without a tornado death ever recorded in the U.S.--220 days. The NWS would confirm more than 30 tornadoes across parts of 10 states including at least 13 alone in Middle TN from outbreak. Very warm weather in the midAtlantic to New England set record Highs, dense fog, then heavy rain and very strong winds. At least 215,000 lose power from the wind.
  • 31st: At least 4 died and many numerous injuries in massive vehicle pile-up in white-conditions in Detroit. On I-70 there was a massive pile-up in the Indianapolis, IN area after intense snow squall. This was the third driest January on record for San Francisco with just 0.49" of rain. There were 42 tornadoes confirmed from the 29th-30th outbreak. This is the third largest Jan. tornado outbreak on record.

I-80 in California

Road Salt
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Road salt effectively removes snow and ice.
When applied, the chemical properties of the
salt lower the freezing point of water.
In turn, the ice and the snow become
liquid water even though the air temperature
may be well below freezing.
Road salt is less effective when the
air temperature is below 15 degrees.
Less Slippery

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The colder it is, the better traction you have on snow and ice.
The reason is that there is little or no water present.
At warmer temperatures, some of the snow is melting
and that can create a film of water that can act like grease.

What is Graupel?
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Graupel forms when supercooled
(unfrozen water in the cloud with
temperatures below freezing) water sticks
to snow crystals forming a coating of
frozen water on the snowflake.
The snowflake eventually becomes coated
and becomes more spherical in shape.
It may sound like sleet is falling but further
inspection shows that it is in fact snow
that is coated with frozen water.
This process is known as riming.
Many snow crystals have riming, or
supercooled water frozen to them,
but when it completely covers the crystal
it becomes graupel
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