Jan 2, 2010

Once in a Blue Moon

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)

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

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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 just 0.2° above the average.

(OSNW3 December 2009 Summary)

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

(OSNW3 Precipitation - 2009)




(OSNW3 Misc Climate Happenings)
December was the cloudiest month of a year in what was the cloudiest of the last three years here at OSNW3, Days with Sun. We recorded 0 t-storms at OSNW3 in December which finalizes our yearly total at 16. For more daily climate information about December at OSNW3, click here.

(December 2009 Radar Loop)
About a week ago WxWatcher inquired about radar loops to share in his classroom. There are a few good ones that currently exist on the OSNW3 website, however I felt it necessary to loop the entire month of December as it became one to remember around the nation. Plenty of good storms to analyze and remember. Choose a link below and enjoy!

.wmv version, 14MB, download
.avi version, 86MB, download

I would recommend right clicking and saving the .avi and using QuickTime to view it.

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Weekly Snowfall
It has been an active 12 days as accumulating snow has fallen on 7 of them. During the days of Dec 27-31 the observations were taken care of by Sarah Kriha and Jeff Bollier. I appreciate their hard work and dedication, and they will be gifted a pound of Provel cheese!

(Dec 21, 2009 - 0.1")


(Dec 22, 2009 - 0.2")


(Dec 24, 2009 - 1.6")


(Dec 26, 2009 - 0.2")


(Dec 27/30/31, 2009 - 1.2"/0.1"/0.6")


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Front Of House
Happy New Year!

(FOH - Jan 1, 2010)