Oct 26, 2008

Aeolian Processes

This past week temperatures again hovered below average for the most part and precipitation fell on 3 of 7 days. An almost carbon copy of last week regarding temps and precip with the only major difference being the wind. The rain is much needed as we are currently still in a slight drought situation.
(OSNW3 October Observations)

(Temp Comparison 2007 / 2008 | Oct 1 - 26)
Max temp: 63.8 / 58.9 / -4.9
Min temp: 50.8 / 43.4 / -7.3



(October 2008 Precipitation)
2008 Monthly Total
Precip 1.78
Snow 0.0
Oshkosh Average
Precip 2.20
Snow 0.1
Departure
Precip (0.42)
Snow (0.1)



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High pressure brings east winds on Lake Michigan
A large high pressure dominated the area on Wednesday and Thursday of this past week, bringing with it some moderately strong east/southeast winds. I happened to be in Sheboygan, WI for work both days and was able to spend some time on the west shores of Lake Michigan. Thursday packed a better punch then Wednesday. If I remember correctly the sustained winds on Thursday were hovering around 20mph. More photos and videos are located in the OSNW3 Web Album. (Lake Michigan, Oct 22, 2008)

(Lake Michigan - Sheboygan, WI - Oct 22, 2008)


(Lake Michigan - Sheboygan, WI - Oct 23, 2008)


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Predictions for OSNW3's Winter
Winter is just around the corner, and each year a few friends and I make predictions for the first 1" snowfall and this year for the first time, the first "actual" day of Winter at OSNW3. Below is how it breaks down to win a special t-shirt from OSNW3...

Predict the:
First 1" snowfall at OSNW3.
First "actual" day of Winter at OSNW3.

Last day to choose is Oct 31, unless of course the event takes place prior, then you're outta luck.

Climate data and info to help you choose.
Winter Firsts and Lasts
Winter definitions of "actual"


Current predictions are below...

joshherman - October 14, 2008 at 12:40:26 pm
Nov 19 - First 1" snowfall at OSNW3
Dec 22 - First "actual" day of Winter at OSNW3
MarkMartin - October 14, 2008 at 8:37:04 pm
Nov 24 - First 1" of snowfall at OSNW3
Dec 19 - First "actual" day of Winter at OSNW3
rfbutter - October 15, 2008 at 2:44:24 pm
Dec 2 - First 1" snowfall at OSNW3
Dec 21 - First "actual" day of Winter at OSNW3
velvetgentleman - October 23, 2008 at 9:20:57 am
Nov 16 - First 1" snowfall at OSNW3
Dec 9 - First "actual" day of Winter at OSNW3
que - October 23, 2008 at 8:51:55 pm
Dec 3 - First 1" snowfall at OSNW3
Dec 23 - First "actual" day of Winter at OSNW3

Feel free to participate!

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Color Report
My Mother was in town this past Saturday and she commented on how "green" the trees looked down here compared to where she lives in Suamico, WI (a northern suburb of Green Bay, if you will). It's a legit observation. There are a few trees around the area that are still indeed "green", but then there are trees that are bare. The tree across the street has reached it's peak, and that is obvious. Keep up on the latest color changes state wide from Travel Wisconsin Fall Color Report.

(Tree Across Street - Oct 26, 2008)