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A Summer-like Late May

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Hot and steamy were the operative words across most of the region the early part of this week. In my opinion, the temps and dew points between May 23 and May 26 proved to be just what the doctor ordered. The heat and humidity does wonders for my skin, my short game, and my thirst for quality brews. Keep it coming, please. However, thanks to a cold front that dropped through the Great Lakes, the month will end on a more comfortable note and we will again be able to open the windows and enjoy the outside air, inside. Looking forward, the first part of June is forecast to be seasonal.

(OSNW3 Weather Brief)
(OSNW3 May Observations)

(OSNW3 May 2010 Summary)

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Dog Days of May?
The recent heat wave provided a few days that I like to define as "dog days". Somewhat similar to the "Winter Duration" formula I compare "Summer" (May-Sep) min and max temperatures. It is reasonable to conclude tha…

Ah, Ah, Ah... Choo!

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When last week hit it's mid point, May 2010 had the feel of late March. By the time this coming week hits it's mid point, May 2010 will have the feel of early June. We've certainly been on the normal May roller coaster ride thus far, but as I type this, I cannot ask for better weather for this time of year. Temperatures in the mid 60's with plenty of sunshine and light winds. The garden has been tilled, the brush has been sized and burned, and the basswood in the back yard is flowering and starting to show it's fruit. Summer is approaching.

(OSNW3 Weather Brief)
(OSNW3 May Observations)

(OSNW3 May 2010 Summary)

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Climate Averages
As May passes it's mid point we here at OSNW3 are currently 85% of the Oshkosh average for precipitation (2.59" of 2.96"), and currently 4.7° below the Oshkosh monthly mean temperature (53.1° of 57.8°). All official climate averages for Oshkosh ca…

Lulz of Irony

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In a few days span this past week we saw tornadoes and snow in east-central WI. Tornadoes on Wed, May 5 and snow on Fri-Sat, May 7-8 (more on this below). Together they provided a full range of Mother Nature's offerings. Temperatures have remained below average since May 7, even dipping below freezing in some parts of the region. The chilly temps are of no surprise as March and April were way above average and it was just a matter of time until an air mass flip-flop occurred. Looking forward, the long range forecast suggests that the cold air moves out and warm air moves in.

(OSNW3 Weather Brief)
(OSNW3 May Observations)

(OSNW3 May 2010 Summary)

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Weekly Snowfall
Looking back at the official monthly snow totals for Oshkosh it seems the last measurable snowfall happened on May 9, 1960. However differing data would suggest it was 1990. We here at OSNW3 had never recorded a snowflake in the month of May until…

The Warm Spring Leaveth

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Just as April finished, May begins with warmer than average temperatures here at OSNW3. All things must come to an end however, and our above average temperatures will do just that in the coming days. I know it'll be a rude awakening for myself as the golf course has been a very tolerable place as of late. Usually it's not so in late April, early May. The 14 day temperature outlook has the Great Lakes region in the below average category which may dampen the early Spring spirit.

Addendum - May 5, from the NWS GRB, Tornadoes in Winnebago County. The tornadoes and winds took place about 15 miles to the north from OSNW3. Photos and videos of the sky above OSNW3 around the time of the tornadoes are locatedhere. More photos from the Oshkosh Northwestern locatedhere.

(OSNW3 Weather Brief)
(OSNW3 May Observations)

(OSNW3 May 2010 Summary)

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April Summary
As most everyone knows, this April was much warmer th…