Feb 15, 2009

Record Warmth

This past week harbored six more days with above freezing max temperatures. Making it eight total days, in a row, that temperatures rose above the 32° mark. February broke an OSNW3 daily max temperature record during the day on Feb 10. Precipitation was light this week, but we did see little over an inch of snow fall during the overnight on Feb 13 and 14. Looking forward to Winters return this up coming week. Keep an eye on the forecast by visiting blogs by Derek, Dirk (Northwest WI) and Scout (Southeast WI).
(OSNW3 February Observations)

(Temp Comparison 2009 / 2009 | Feb 1 - 15)
Max temp: 25.3 / 34.1 / +8.8
Min temp: 11.6 / 17.2 / +5.6

(February 2009 Precipitation)
2009 Monthly Total
Precip.. 0.25"
Snow.... 1.6"
Oshkosh Average
Precip.. 1.09"
Snow.... 7.2"
Precip.. (0.84")
Snow.... (5.6")


Our first snowfall since Feb 3! The forecast for the overnight on Feb 13-14 called for a 30% chance of snow. To my happiness they were way off. Seeing snow fall and accumulate is a wonderful site. It had been quite a while. We received 1.3" total from the snowfall. It isn't much, but...

Snowfall Feb 13-14 (radar loop)
(1.2" measured @ 6:20am on Feb 14)

Another 0.1" more fell following the above observation.


Snowdepth Update
Starting the week off we had 5" on the ground. With the unseasonable warm temperatures and liquid precipitation our snowpack by the end of the week only measured to a Trace. Below is a graph representing monthly average snowdepths here at OSNW3 dating back to 2006. Click here for the data.

(OSNW3 Monthly Snowdepth Average)


Winds Bring Record Warmth
An upper level low that was racing away to our north brought strong southwest winds on Feb 10. Record warmth came with it. 48.7° here at OSNW3, 50's in other areas around the region. In Sheboygan, around the late noon hour, the temp was 51.1° with winds sustained at 25mph and gusts up to 40mph. (historical data from wunderground) I was out and about on the lakeshore of Lake Michigan and had time to snap a few photos and videos. It was quite windy with some pretty decent wave action.

(Lake Michigan, Sheboygan, WI - Feb 10, 2009)


Front Of House
The front of the house still has an average snowdepth of 6.3" (4,6,6,7,7,8). As you can tell from the image below the north side of the road has no snowpack but the south side does. The Winter sun rarely reaches the south side (my side) as it is constantly beating down on areas across the street. At least half the property still looks like Winter. (The snowdepth measurements were taken in an area of the yard that didn't receive any "moved snow" piled in with it)

(Looking West - Feb 14, 2009)

(FOH - Feb 14, 2009)