Half Full or Half Empty

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)

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


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")


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 was below average and almost 10" less then last year. Please click here for the data set complete with graphical representation. With this task finished, I am anxious to continue my analyzing of other annual data from around the region.


Front Of House
The dark and dirty snow is starting to show through. Also, this photo reminds me that I need to take down the Christmas lights soon. I've neglected the process as our daughter still enjoys them in the early morning and late evening hours. :)

(FOH - Jan 16, 2010)

Each day this past weekend, Jan 16-17, we had minor freezing fog develop. Sunday's fog had a more prominent look to it. Below is a photo I took of the fruit hanging from the tree out front. Also, in doing a little research of fog I read on wikipedia that "The foggiest land areas in the world are Menomonie, Wisconsin, Point Reyes, California, and Argentia, Newfoundland and Labrador, all with over 200 foggy days per year". I never knew, it's almost hard to believe Menomonie is in that sentence. ???

(Freezing Fog - Jan 17, 2010)

*Addendum* to the *Addendum*
I have a friend who lives in Menomonie, WI. I questioned him on my findings from wikipedia. He thinks someone is having their way with wikipedia.