I remember last summer that we had very little rain, grass on yards all across Montgomery County were all turning brown. This year was different, I lost count of how many flood warnings we had. Now we have a moist and mild winter, only in the last two days have I see the temps drop below freezing.
In my research, I found that there were several Tornadoes that touched down in areas outside of Montgomery County, most were in Western, Central and North Eastern PA. There was a Tornado in Delaware and a few in New Jersey. So here is my list of basic weather events affected us here locally.
- Tropical Storm Irene - Irene was a major Hurricane which was strong enough to take 44 lives from Puerto Rico to then sweep through the US East coast. Five victims were in PA alone, and from looking a reports several had trees fall on it's victims, others were car accidents and one poor lady was dragged away from flood waters after her car stalled near the Wissahickon Creek.
- Tropical Storm Lee: Lee hit our area back on September 9th, the flooding was so bad that our President had to declare PA in as in a State of Emergency. With that federal assistance was available to flood victims. The flooding affected the Susquehanna river and even Hersey Park was so flooded that several animals in a Zoo there could not be saved and perished from the flood. Lee claimed 7 lives in PA alone. The worst of all was the fact that Lee came right after the flooding from Irene.
- The Virgina Earthquake: August 23rd, 2011, a 5.8 magnitude Earthquake that we felt. I have experienced several minor quakes when I lived in South America, but this was a big surprise to me! I was sitting at the office on the 4th floor and I could feel the building being pushed around.
- October Snow: A freak early snow event, that caused 6 deaths and 200,000 reported power outages. I wrote a few days before stating that the snow won't stick to the warm ground. Well of course I was wrong.