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issue of the WEATHERFUN Newsletter

Words From Jerry
Of course, I'm doing Jerry's Words again because between his health issues and a non working computer.
The last time I spoke with him he said that the next time we talk we would discuss what to do at this year's Reunion. He is hoping lots of members come.
Kevin Shaw, congraulations on retiring. You've joined a fair number of members now. One of the questions you will soon have is how did I do all of these things at home while I was working? lol
Spring on Long Island has sure not been a warm one, but at least no snow in April.

Bill from Long Island
Vice President & Modorator

April's Weather
  • 3rd: A Colorado snowstorm causes 39-car pileup. More than 40 high-water rescues after a severe storm lashed parts of the Plains with tornadoes, rain and flooding. A weak tornado touched down briefly in DeKalb County, Alabama. The NWS would confirm an EF1 tornado touched down in Rising Fawn, Georgia.
  • 5th: Houlton Maine set an all time April record low of -7. The previous record was -6 on April 10 1977.
  • 6th: All-time record low for month of April in Caribou, Maind -4.
  • 9th: 14 tornados in the midwest caused 2 deaths and 22 injuries. NWSChicago gives the northern Illinois tornado prelim. EF-4 rating.
  • 15th: Both London and Paris have reached 21 C (70 F) before New York City has this year.
  • 16th: Wintry weather swept across parts of the Rockies on Thursday, leaving behind some wrecks and road closures.
  • 21st: The NWS confirmed an EF-0 tornado touched down in southern California in the morning.
  • 23rd: A A weak tornado in West Oahu Hawaii confirmed by the National Weather Service.
  • 25th: A record low temperature of 29 was set at Atlantic City Airport and breaks a record of 30 which was set back in 1883 and 1888.
  • 25th: Thunderstorms moved in and out of the Jacksonville area throughout the day and the NWS would confirm a tornado.
  • 26th: Ft Lauderdale, FL hit 96 degrees, which breaks their all time April record high of 95 degrees set back in 1935 and 1939. North Texas' first tornado of the season was confirmed by the National Weather Service.
  • 27th: An EF1 tornado touched down in the morning in Belle Chasse, LA. Preliminary reports from National Weather Service surveyors determined at least two tornadoes tore through Assumption Parish.
  • 28th: A Record Low Maximum temp of 58 was set in Abilene,TX. This brook the previous record of 62 set in 1968.
  • 29th: In California, Ramona & Alpine broke their record highs for the day. Both cities reached 93, breaking their old records of 92 from 1996. Key West, FL received 5.28" of rain, making it the 3rd wettest day on record in April.
  • 30th: Oklahoma usually sees about 12 tornadoes. This April, there were only four tornadoes.

Idaho Midvale Hill Airport WebCam

Spring Warming

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The intensity of solar radiation entering the Northern Hemisphere
is constantly changing.
In winter, the sun stays low in the sky, and the rays are weak.
In spring, the noontime sun is much higher in the sky, and the energy imparted to the ground is much more concentrated.
That leads to greater surface heating.

The May Jet Stream

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The jet stream continues to retreat northward and
slowly weaken through the month of May as the cold wanes
in the far north and the heat builds in the south.
However, the overall risk for severe thunderstorms continues
to expand from the Plains and South into the Midwest and Appalachians.

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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