A colder and drier than normal July here in the northern part of Acushnet.  The July mean of 71.2 deg. was the coldest July since July 2009 saw a mean of 70.7 degrees.  The July low temp

readings of 51 deg. were the lowest in July since 2009 saw 49 deg..  July averages the driest month of any month at my location in the past 38 years.  My July total of 1.89″ holds up to its reputation.

Five of the last six Julys have been drier than normal.  Big savings on electric bills during this July with only 20 cooling degree days and 10 heating degrees days at my location.

July 2017 Acushnet, Mass.      41deg,44min N     70deg,55min W

Ave High     80.6 deg.  Ave Low     61.7 deg.  July Mean     71.2 deg. is 1.8 deg. below normal.  High Temp     91 deg. on July 20 & 21st.; Low Temp     51 deg. on July 26 & 31st. Days 90 or above      2

Total Precip.      1.89″ is 1.63″ below normal  Max 24 hr. Precip.    0.72″ on July 7th.  Total 2017 Precip.     31.47″ is 1.45″ above normal.  T-Storm Days  2 .  High Wind Gust  21 mph on July 1st.  Heating Degree Days 10 ; Cooling Degree Days   207

High Barometer     30.22″ on July 6 & 26th.  Low Barometer      29.64″ on July 7th.


I have three web sites, of which two are dedicated to weather: and  I think you’ll be surprised at the activity there is on these web sites:

That’s right, an average of about 18,000 hits a day and close to 600,000 a month!  Peak Visits for the last year was 944 a day or over 28,000 a month (Nov 2016).

Measuring Heavy Rainfall

CoCoRahs (Community Collaborative for Rain, Hail and Snow) is a national network of weather observers just like our members.  Several of us are members of CoCoRahs.  If you’re not a member and can spare 10-15 seconds the morning before or after the Net, think about joining CoCoRaHS.  It’s free.

The link below is a cartoon that goes over the basics of measuring rain but it also has some suggestions for measuring very heavy rainfall, including one hint that I was unaware of!  If the inner cylinder of your raingauge is in place and the rain has overflowed into the outer cylinder you can estimate the amount in the outer gauge by seeing how high it is on the scale of the inner gauge.  Every 0.10 of the water mark on the inner gauge you will have approximately 1.00″ of water in the outer gauge.  Sound confusing?  Watch the cartoon.  If you don’t have a Stratus rain gauge, buy one!  It is the most accurate way of measuring precipitation.  They are available on the CoCoRaHS website for about $31.

Phil Bretz, KE2EA, Hornell NY

I received a telephone call yesterday from our old friend, Phil, KE2ea, long-time Net Control for the New England Weather Net on Mondays.  My wife and I had the pleasure of visiting with Phil and his wife back in 2014 on one of our trips to the West.

Phil’s wife passed on earlier this Summer after a serious heart attack.  Phil needed to discontinue his role with the NEWN because they had to move their bed downstairs where Phil’s radio was and his wife needed her sleep and could no longer climb stairs.

Our sympathy goes out to Phil and I encouraged him to think about becoming active again on the NEWN.  I told him that I would work on giving him back his roster number, #11, that he had for many years.


A drier than normal June here in the northern part of Acushnet with near normal temperatures and a little on the breezy side.  1.44″ of rain fell during the first 7 days of June but most of it being a nuisance with something falling just about every day.   Mother Nature turned up the heat and the pine pollen on the 10th. of June and temps hit 93 deg. on the 12th. and 13th. at my location.   A cool down with unsettled conditions followed.  Some ideal June days during the last third of the month were briefly interrupted by the remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy on the 24th.. Some  0.97″ fell with embedded thunder heard here in Acushnet.  Daylily blooms showing by June 26th. and fireflies sparked by the end of a decent month of June.

June 2017 Acushnet, Mass.      41deg,44min N      70deg, 55min W

Ave High     77.0 deg.  Ave Low     56.6 deg.  June Mean     66.8 deg. is 0.1 deg. below normal  High Temp  93 deg. on June 13 & 14th.  Low Temp  42 deg. on June 8th.  Days 90 or above 2.  Total Precip. 3.00″ is 1.25″ below normal.  Max 24hr. Precip.  0.97″ on June 24th.  Total 2017 Precip.     29.58″ is 3.08″ above normal.  T-Storm Days 2.

High Wind Gust 24 mph on June 30th.  Heating Degree Days 68.  Cooling Degree Days    125.  High Barometer 30.15″ on June 29th.  Low Barometer     29.56″ on June 24th.


Our annual luncheon will be held as usual at Papagallos in Swanzey NH on the third Saturday of August (August 19th).  We meet for a rag chew in the parking lot at 11:00 AM and go in for lunch at 12 Noon.  Bring your spouse or significant other!  The food is good, the camaraderie better, and we break up around 2PM.  As an added treat, Jon, N1MLF, is going to entertain us with some good old Down East music!

Directions and the menu can be found at:



William Claflin, 79

June 13, 2017

William W Claflin, Jr., born on August 8 1937 in Boston, to William W. & Ruth (Putnam), died peacefully at home with his dear friends and caregivers, Janice and George Bassett, after a brief hospitalization. Bill, a life long resident of Marion, qualifies as an original “townie”.

Shortly after graduating from Northwood School, Lake Placid, New York, Bill enlisted in the US Army in 1959 and served with honors until his discharge in 1962.

Bill’s knowledge of emergency communications electronics, encouraged him to own and operate Electronics Sales & Service, Inc, New Bedford, MA, until his retirement in 2008.

Bill’s passion for emergency electronics allowed him to serve as communications specialist on the Marion Fire Department. Further, Bill served as Secretary, Historian, and Treasurer of the Marion Fire Fighters Association, for 50 plus years: he was a life member of the association. His second greatest passion was serving with the Marion Social Club, which he did from l983 until his passing.

Bill leaves many, many friends in town and would especially like to remember his “best pal”, Mason Noble, who he mentored for several years. Mason is his “adopted” great-grandson.

His funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway (Rt. 28), Wareham at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Marion. Visiting hours will be Friday from 5 – 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Marion Firefighters Association.

Association, P O Box 114, Marion, MA 02738 or the Marion Social Club, P O Box 763, Marion, MA 02738.

For directions and on-line guestbook visit:

WA1KCC – Kenneth “Jim” Bradbury – 1937-2017 (Silent Key)

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Kenneth “Jim” Bradbury (NEWN Roster #48 WA1KCC) on May 25, 2017. Jim was a long term participant of the New England Weather Net and served as one of the weekly net control operators. He will be missed by all of us on the net.

Here is a link to Jim’s obituary:—5252017