Jul 19, 2009

A Pleasant July Thus Far

The first half of July has kept us dry (state drought monitor) and temperatures have been amazing. From what I can recall about July, regardless of the climate averages, it's always been hot and dry. The dryness of this July, in my opinion, is expected... but the temperatures, well they are a surprise, and a welcomed one at that. With these fabulous temps comes great uncertainty that they will last and my guts are telling me to expect a hot August and early September. (OSNW3 July Observations)

(Temp Comparison 2008 / 2009 | July 1 - 19)
Max Avg: 79.6 / 75.0 / -4.6
Min Avg: 62.2 / 59.4 / -2.7



(July 2009 Precipitation | July 1 - 19)
2009 Monthly Total
Precip.. 0.37"
Oshkosh Average
Precip.. 3.58"
Departure
Precip.. -3.21"



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Heat Wave July 13-14, 1936

Earlier this past week my buddy Rebecca Schuld (WFRV-TV Meteorologist) and I were discussing the heat wave that hit WI during early July back in 1936 (blog entry). Temperatures topped the 100° mark several days with short stints of consecutive days. Looking back at the Daily Weather Maps of July 13 & 14, 1936 which brought the all-time record heat, it would seem the Missouri Valley was the culprit as a Low Pressure moved NE into our area.

(Oshkosh Obs | July 6-15, 1936)


(Daily Weather Map | July 13, 1936)


(Daily Weather Map | July 14, 1936)


(Oshkosh Obs | All-time 100° Temps)


For more information on the Heatwave of July 1936...
The Heatwave of July 1936 - NWS LaCrosse, WI
1936 North American heat wave - Wikipedia

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Record Low Maximum
With the talk of the past heat wave, it's only fitting that we were near all-time low max temperatures for July. The July 17th all-time record low max, 65° set back in 1939, was not broken here at OSNW3 unfortunately as we recorded 66.0°. Trending the max temperatures for the remainder of the month, history would tell us that we'll rebound and things will not stay this way for any extended period of time. July of 2009 has proven to be "cool" as only one daily max has hit the average.

7/14/1939- 78, 65, M
7/15/1939- 75, 49, M
7/16/1939- 75, 55, M

7/17/1939- 65, 58, 0.24


7/18/1939- 80, 61, 0.02
7/19/1939- 80, 59, M
7/20/1939- 82, 58, M
7/21/1939- 80, 63, M
7/22/1939- 85, 67, M
7/23/1939- 90, 57, M
7/24/1939- 94, 66, M
7/25/1939- 91, 68, 0.05
7/26/1939- 98, 67, M
7/27/1939- 94, 68, M
7/28/1939- 90, 63, 0.63
7/29/1939- 86, 53, M
7/30/1939- 78, 57, M
7/31/1939- 97, 63, M

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Bears!
A large Black Bear was photographed on our land. I was amazed when my Step-Father sent these photos to me. This Bear is huge! They named him Yogi.









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Front Of House
I have not cut the grass since my last entry. That keeps me at four times this year.

(FOH - July 19, 2009)