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Hello February

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The past month has been abnormally quite. The snow pack has turned from fluffy goodness to a frozen slab of ice two inches thick. One thing that could be considered neat about the current frozen snow pack is that you can walk on top of it with out sinking in. I know, it's a reach for positivity. Hopefully February has something winterish in store for little ol oshkosh. The monthly summary for January can be viewed by clicking the graph below. (OSNW3 January Observations)

(OSNW3 January 2010 Summary)

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Weekly Snowfall
We got a dusting of snow as the system that dropped all that rain moved on out.

(Jan 26, 2010 - 0.3")


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January Flop
The lack of moisture during the month may not have been noticed by everyone in town due to the decent snow pack for most of the month and the countless days with a trace of snow, but it stared me down each and every morning. As a matter of fact, the past two January's…

El Nino vs Old Man Winter

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The Oshkosh battle match between El Nino and Old Man Winter is tight. Old Man Winter is holding strong, like the veteran he is, but this seasons El Nino has stamina, delivering punch after punch bringing Old Man Winter to his knees. Currently as I type this we have a 3" snow pack which bodes well for the old man. Forecasts are calling for a pattern change that will put the El Nino blows on retreat. Temps are predicted to fall back to average levels and with a snow depth greater than an inch there is little doubt winter will fail to continue (WSD). (OSNW3 January Observations)

(OSNW3 January 2010 Summary)

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Winter Season Duration
As our latest bout with El Nino comes to a close the once wintry scene around Oshkosh is now a dirty sloppy mess. I am relatively confident that a mid-season flip to Spring, like the 2005/06 winter season, is not in our future. Winter will continue. The OSNW3 winter time laps…

Half Full or Half Empty

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As the meteorological winter nears the half way point, our area is feeling the effects of some moderated Pacific air. The current pattern is keeping us mild and dry. It's possible the genesis of the weather is El Nino related. Regardless of it's origins, it's a love/hate relationship. Fortunately for some, the warm air has been coupled with mostly cloudy skies keeping snow melt to a minimum. We are currently maintaining a 6" snowpack here, but it is likely to shrink some more in the coming days. (OSNW3 January Observations)

(OSNW3 January 2010 Summary)

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Weekly Snowfall
Not much happening in the snow department this past week. We had little more than a dusting back on the 11th.

(Jan 11, 2010 - 0.1")


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OSNW3 2009 Climate Summary
Looking back to what was 2009 a couple things stand out. The overall mean temp for the year exactly matched the average mean temp for Oshkosh. Precipitation w…

Location, Location, Location

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The big Arctic blast that has been in the news lately has bypassed our region. We can thank the Great Lakes of Superior and Michigan for that. Being "locked-in" so to speak, kept us much warmer than most, if not all, of the states west and south of us in the Midwest. Bitter cold up in Duluth, MN, in Clayton, WI, and even as far south as Fulton, MO. Temperatures around here have been seasonable and for the month we are just a degree below the average mean. The middle of last week saw a decent sized snow storm move through the region dumping most of the snow in Southeast WI. As for next week, forecasts call for a warm up. See the WxBrief for more details.
(OSNW3 January Observations)

(OSNW3 January 2010 Summary)

(click on graph for the month summary data - it will open a new tab/window)

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Weekly Snowfall
Each day this past week saw at least a Trace of snow. Seven days in a row. It's always a pleasure for us here at OSNW3 to see snow falling from the sky. This past w…

Once in a Blue Moon

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As another snowy December came to a close, the lunar cycle displayed it's second full moon of the month. For the first time in almost 20 years, there was a "Blue Moon" on New Year's Eve. While 2010 begins, forecasts call for a dry and temperate pattern to evolve for the region, we'll see. (OSNW3 January Observations)

(OSNW3 January 2010 Summary)

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December Climate Summary
OSNW3 recorded 15 days with accumulating snowfall this December (Days With Measurable Snow). Over half of the entire months snow fell in two of those days, however (Dec 8-9). The month ended with a total of 19.1" of snow, which is the 12th highest monthly total since 1893, and for the fourth consecutive year here at OSNW3, December has topped the average monthly precipitation average (Annual Precipitation). Temperatures wavered as the month progressed, but when it was all said and done, the monthly mean temp was ju…