THE

NEWSLETTER

JULY

2013

Welcome to the

issue of the WEATHERFUN Newsletter


Words From Jerry
Jerry not only has computer problems, but now eye problems so I'm doing his words again this month.

The first half of June was wet on Long Island. During the last week they kept calling for chances of showers and storm, but they rarely happened. Temperatures though have been running a little above normal and it's been humid during the last week.

The train trip through cranberry bogs on Cape Cod for The Reunion had to be cancelled due to the fact they weren't doing it this Summer. We may be going to a winery instead. There's still time to come, just let me know.

The Hurricane Season has been predicted to be active and June started off that way with 2 named storms, but it's been quiet since then.

The US averages 54 lightning deaths each year with an average of 40 during the summer months from June to August, so when Thunder roars, go indoors.

Bill from Long Island
Vice President & Moderator

June's Weather
  • 2nd: The NWS would confirm an EF-1 tornado (90-100 mph winds) tracked 4.5 miles in Anderson Co., SC., an EF-1 tornado (100 mph winds) tracked 2.25 miles in Orangeburg Co., SC. and there were 2 tornadoes in Maine.
  • 4th: An EF1 tornado touched down near Whetsell, SC. It was determined that the deadly tornado that struck near Oklahoma City late last week had a record-breaking width of 2.6 miles and was the second top-of-the-scale EF5 twister to hit the area in less than two weeks.
  • 5th: Okla. death toll rises to 20 after tornado, floods at the end of May. TS Andrea forms in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • 6th: TS Andrea made landfall in Dixie County,FL producing 2 EF-0 tornadoes causing minor damage.
  • 7th: Crossing northern Florida and then moving up the East Coast, Andrea became post-tropical. Flooding rains were from Georgia to southern New England breaking rainfall records in many areas.
  • 9th: The NWS would confirm an EF-0 tornado touched down near Lowmansville in Lawrence Co., KY and 2 tornadoes (EF-1, EF-0) in Franklin Co.,TN.
  • 11th: Denver, CO hit 100 degrees, their earliest 100-degree day on record. The NWS confirmed at least 8 tornadoes from storms on the 10th across parts of 6 states: DE-1, NC-1, SC-1, VA-1, KY-1, MD-3. A deadly 26-vehicle pileup in dust storm in northern Nevada.
  • 12th: The NWS would confirm 4 tornadoes and 100 mph downburst winds from storms in northern IN. The NWS also confirmed an EF-3 and EF-0 tornadoes hit the Belmond, IA area, an EF-2 tornado near Alexander, IA and an EF-1 tornado in Shabbona, IL and EF-0 in Manteno, IL. The death toll rose to 22 from the Oklahoma tornadoes and storms on May 31st.
  • 13th: There were 482 severe reports. It was the most active severe day for U.S. this year. The NWS would confirm an EF-1 tornado (105 mph winds) hit just over 40 miles N of Atlanta in Cherokee Co., GA., EF-1 tornado (90 mph winds) hit the eastern Tennessee county of Sevier, a long-tracked EF-0 tornado traveled 17.3 miles on the ground in Maryland a tornado damaged several buildings in the community of McMinnville, Ore and at least 3 dead in North Carolina from severe storms.
  • 17th: TD 2 rapidly developed in the Caribbean. 21st day in a row with above average temperatures in Las Vegas.
  • 18th: A tornado at the Denver International Airport was rated an EF-1 with little damage. The NWS would confirm an EF-0 tornado (85 mph winds) touched down in Franklin Co., NC. The NWS would confirm an EF-0 tornado hit near Roseburg, Oregon and could be 1st on record for SW Oregon.
  • 19th: Fairbanks, AK hit 80+ for the 6th day in a row.
  • 19th: TD 2 strengthened to Tropical Storm Barry in southern Gulf of Mexico. The NWS would confirm an EF-2 tornado (115 mph winds) hit near Sundown,TX.
  • 20th: TS Barry made landfall in Veracruz, Mexico after bringing 4.95" of rain and quickly weakened to a TD.
  • 21st: 1 person dead, others injured after earlier tornado-warned storm hit Hamlin Co., SD.
  • 22nd: 14 babies/toddlers have died after being left in hot vehicles since May 10 (TX-3, FL-3, VA-2, NC-1, IL-1, CA-1, ID-1, MN-1, OK-1).
  • 23rd: Tucson, AZ hit 100 degs for the 23rd consecutive day of triple digit heat.
  • 24th: 23 boy scouts and 3 adults went to hospitals after lightning struck their camp in New Hampshire. 188,000 homes/business lost power across the Chicago, IL area after a damaging line of severe storms.
  • 26th: The NWS wourld confirm an EF-0 tornado struck near Birkenfeld, Oregon. As of this date 7 people have been killed since April 23, more than 60 injured from lightning strikes. The NWS has issued 1,304 tornado warnings across the United States so far this year with 621 "tornado reports".
  • 28th: The NWS would confirm a 50-yard-wide, EF-1 tornado (80-90 mph winds) hit near Toboyne Township, PA.
  • 29th: This was the 22nd consecutive day with temperatures at or above normal for Denver, CO. The NWS would confirm 2 weak EF-0 tornadoes just west of Myrtle Beach, SC with minor damage.
  • 30th: 19 firefighters died battling an Arizona wildfire when gusty winds suddenly changed directions. 7 people suffered from heat-related symptoms and were transported to hospitals in Las Vegas as the temp reached all-time high. The high at DeathValley was 129 degrees and tied the all-time June record. 18.60" of rain fell between May-June 2013. This is the all time wettiest consecutive 2 month period of rainfall on record at Burlington, VT

CAM OF THE MONTH
Myrtle Beach, SC

UV Index
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Cloud cover can greatly reduce the UV index on a spring or summer day.
High clouds are usually thin, so they only slightly reduce the UV index.
Low clouds tend to be thicker and can cause a significant reduction
in the amount of UV radiation that reaches the ground.

Heavy Rain Fall
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Once over land, rainfall rates within a tropical storm or hurricane often increase dramatically.
That is because the friction of the land causes the storm's circulation to collapse inward.
The incoming air increases the amount of upward motion within the core of the storm, resulting in heavier rain.

Sunburn Index

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The above chart shows the ultraviolet index and the burning times for each category.
Burning times differ with skin types.
The times shown are for people with fair skin who tend to burn quickly.
Reunion 2013

Reunion 2013 is July 11th to the 14th.
One of the activities was going to be a train ride through a cranberry bog on Cape Cod, but there not offering that this Summer. We'll come up with another fun activity.
The Cookout is on the 13th.
Come and have a great time.

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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