Jan 11, 2009

Snowstorm Deprivation Syndrome

SDS! Dewdrop said I could say it, and so... the insignificance continues. We had many forecasts of moderate accumulations, but in the end received just above a Trace on each occasion. At least the temperatures remained below freezing for most of the week (unlike last year). I am looking forward to the cold snap and the possible accumulating snow a few clippers may bring. It's a great time of year, get out there and enjoy it! (OSNW3 January Observations)

(Temp Comparison 2008 / 2009 | Jan 1 - 11)
Max temp: 32.3 / 25.6 / -6.7
Min temp: 21.8 / 9.1 / -12.7



(January 2009 Precipitation)
2009 Monthly Total
Precip 0.31"
Snow 1.2"
Oshkosh Average
Precip 1.35"
Snow 12.4"
Departure
Precip (1.04")
Snow (11.2")



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Snowfall
The snow that fell this week was very light. A clipper was forecast to bring up to 4" to Oshkosh on Jan 9, but the system dove south and just clipped us on it's north side. (Jan 8-11, 2009 us radar loop). After the clipper passed and another system was moving through to our south, east/northeast winds picked up off of Lake Michigan and brought some LES on Jan 10 (radar loop - most of it wasn't caught on radar as you'll see).

Snowfall Jan 6
(0.3" measured @ 6:25am on Jan 7 - Total 0.3")


Snowfall Jan 7
(0.2" measured @ 6:16pm on Jan 7 - Total 0.4")


Snowfall Jan 9
(0.2" measured @ 6:09pm on Jan 9 - Total 0.2")


Snowfall Jan 10
(0.1" measured @ 1:13pm on Jan 10 - Total 0.1")


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Full Wolf Moon
Nathan (Northern Wisconsin Weather) informed his blog readers of the full moon on Jan 10-11, named the Full Wolf Moon, marking the moon's closest approach to Earth in 2009. It indeed was bright, as it cast shadows onto the OSNW3 webcam image. I was all excited to get the rise and set of this moon on a daily video, and as I was putting it together I found out the software that takes care of those responsibilities crashed. Never the less, some of the Full Wolf Moon was captured... watch the video by clicking here.

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Lake Superior
Thinking about the big lake after reading an article about the Madeline Island ferry making its final journey until next spring (via Northern Wisconsin Weather) I surfed through some of my archived photos of it. I came across the photo below and thought I'd share it. (more) The photo captures some LES bands off in the distance and an almost frozen Lake Superior shoreline.

(Marquette, MI - Looking North/Northwest - Feb 19, 2005)


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Front Of House
Not much has changed around here since last week. From the photo you can tell I recently dragged the Christmas tree off the front porch. Little pieces of a dry Fraser Fir are scattered about.

(FOH - Jan 11, 2008)


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An Eye On Wisconsin
Keep up to date on the impending Arctic cold by visiting the blogs below.

Derek's NW Wisconsin Weather
Dirk's Forecasting Center
Nathan's Northern Wisconsin Weather
Chris's WeatherScout