THE

NEWSLETTER

AUGUST

2009

Welcome to the

issue of the WEATHERFUN Newsletter


Words From Jerry
Welcome Weatherfun members to the August issue of the Weatherfun Newsletter and Jerry's Words.

Weather wise it has not been a very good month here in Rhode Island. Matter of fact it has been the wettest July in history with 10.52 inches of rain in Providence breaking the old record of 8.08 inches in 1976. It has also been a month with a lot of severe T-storms. Most have missed my area here in Warren, but north of the Mass. Pike and into the states of NH and VT they have received some very severe T-storms. Just yesterday a tornado hit a town in central CT. In Conway NH they received over 4 inches of rain in one day. Now, we have August and the hurricane season can start up, and we will have to keep an eye on how that effects our weather.

Well a very successful 2009 Weatherfun Family Reunion is now history. It was a great reunion and very successful. We had some great activities that brought great attendance. Some of us even made it to the peak of MT Washington. Even though the weather was poor, we all enjoyed making it to the peak and enjoyed the time that we spent up there. We also took in the MT Washington Museum while in Conway. We thank Tony and Shirley for letting us stay overnight at their home in Conway and being great host and hostess.

We also visited the WPRI TV 12 studio had a tour of the studio, and a chance to watch meteorologist Michelle Muscatello do her weather portion of the noon news. Everyone enjoyed this visit very much, and the tour that Michelle gave us. Some even got to use the green wall and see themselves on TV.

Andy also arranged a very enjoyable cruise on the Cape Cod Canal. It was close to a three hour cruise and the commentator did a great job in telling us what we were seeing and how much time that the canal saves in getting to points north such as Boston and beyond. Andy also save the day for the Clam Chowder, and made it from scratch. It was great Andy, and I know you put in a lot of time to make it.

On Saturday we visited the Sakonnet Vineyard, had a wine tasting session and visited the factory. This was a very enjoyable event and some even came home with a few bottles.

It all concluded Saturday night at my home with the grand finale cookout, where we had close to 33 people attend. Plenty of good food, and friendship. Lt. Colombo made his annual visit and as you know he always drills me on the happenings of the past year. He even drilled Tony a bit. We always look forward to the Lt's visit.

Professor Bill along with the help of Lynn conducted the evenings auction with Weatherfun money. Some members came home with some great weather related items. Thanks Bill and Lynn for the great work that you both did in the auction. The evening even ended with a fireworks display followed by a natural fireworks display in a thunderstorms. A good time was had by all and plans are already underway for next year. Plan to keep the second week of July open for the 2010 Weatherfun Family Reunion.

Please keep in mind that this is your newsletter and if you have a weather related item that you would like to see in this newsletter please send it to Bill or me, and we will include it in a future issue.

Until next month stay safe and keep an eye to the sky.

JERRY LAROCHE
FOUNDER/PRESIDENT

July's Weather
  • 2nd-5th: Parts of Texas had High Temperatures of 100 or more again.
  • 2nd: Torrential rains soaked New England and caused traffic backups, flooding and power failures.
  • 3rd: Flooding rains in parts of Missouri with over 4" of rain.
  • 8th: A severe storm in Westchester County, just north of New York City, brought up to 2" of hail that required snowplows to clear some of the roads and knocked out power to thousands. Severe storms that crossed South Dakota dropped hail in many areas and packed damaging winds with at least 2 tornadoes.
  • 9th: Thousands in Iowa lost power from powerful thunderstorms that brought heavy rain, large hail and driving winds.
  • 11th: Violent storms in parts of Ohio flooding roads and knocking down trees and powerlines.
  • 13th: A tornado in Ohio destroyed several mobile homes, caused several injuries and knocked out power.
  • 14th: 4-5" of flooding rains and 4 tornadoes in Minnesota. In Iowa thunderstorms brought large hail and heavy rain, breaking windows, knocking down large tree branches and power lines.
  • 17th: Storms in the New York City area and parts of New England dropped 1-3" of rain in only a few hours.
  • 15th: Unusual heat persists from the southern Plains into the Desert Southwest with many areas having tempertures above 100 degrees for 8 days in a row.
  • 19th: Record low temperatures from the Great Lakes to Georgia.
  • 20th: Large hail and damaging winds with possible tornadoes in southern Nebraska and northern Kansas. In the Denver, CO area thousands lost power from heavy storms with flooding rains, hail and damaging winds with 2 small tornadoes.
  • 21st: A 14-year-old Minnesota girl died after being struck by lightning as she played in the rain.
  • 22nd: Heavy rain early in the morning caused temporary power outages and heavy flooding in downtown Fort Smith, Arkansas.
  • 23rd-24th: Tropical moisture flowing up the East Coast brought heavy rain from New Jersey to Maine with 1 to 4" of rain and winds gusting to 40 mph.
  • 24th: A tornado touched down in three mobile home communities south of Daytona Beach, FL damaging many homes.
  • 25th: Severe storms in parts of upstate NY caused flooding rains and winds knocking down trees and powerlines with at least 1 tornadoes reported.
  • 27th: Microbursts caused wind damage in Western Maine.
  • 27th-30th: Record heat in the Pacific Northwest with triple digit temperatures in many cities in Oregon and Washington.
  • 29th: Severe storms in southern Colorado brought flooding rains and several tornadoes that knocked out power and damaged several homes. Parts of central Mississippi received 3-7" of rains that flooded roads and several homes. Severe storms brought heavy rains, lightning and strong wind gusts across northern New Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania with at least 3 tornadoes.

CAM OF THE MONTH
St Thomas

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Reunion 2010
Plans are already being made for next year's Reunion. If you are planning to come and would like an activity, just let Jerry know. If you've never been to a Reunion, you have been missing some great times. So let the Boss know that you'll be away the second week of July.
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Reunion 2009

This year's Reunion was once again a great success. Several members came early and went to the top of Mount Washington. Other activies were a visit to a local TV station, a cruise on the Cape Cod Canal and a visit to a vineyard for some wine tasting. This was all capped off with the traditional Saturday evening Cookout with some other goodies thrown in. Many thanks to Jerry & Susan for hosting the Reunion. If your looking for a relaxing, enjoyable and friendly vacation next year, come to the Reunion. Your sure to 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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