February Thaw On The Horizon

I was quickly taking a snowfall measurement the night of Feb 7 and recall snow creeping into the top of my boots onto my bare feet inside. That got me thinking about the depth of our current snow pack and how it is relatively deep at the moment. Our snow pack has been on the rise since the new year thaw and hovering around a double digit depth since the beginning of February. Maintaining a below freezing maximum temperature all but one day since Jan 1 has helped our snow pack stick around and deepen. The 2010-11 Winter Duration Graph shows this fairly well. We are now in our 55th day of winter according to the definition of a winter season at OSNW3. This tide is changing in the coming week however, as temperatures are forecast to rise above freezing on multiple days. Remember New Years Eve? That portion of the pattern is cycling back around. Keep up on the latest forecast by visiting the Oshkosh Weather Brief link below. The January climate summary can be found here.

(OSNW3 Weather Brief)
(OSNW3 February Observations)

(OSNW3 February 2011 Summary)

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


Weekly Snowfall
Our friend MarkMartin held down the fort in our absence for the Feb 6 observation. He is a dedicated observer. We appreciate his consistent willingness to volunteer his time and help out in a pinch. Sadly the webcam failed to capture him in the act as it defaults a snapshot ever two minutes. Since Jan 28 OSNW3 has recorded 8 days of measurable snow accumulating 9.7 inches. This brings our season total to 37.2 inches.

(Jan 29, 2011 - 1.2")

(Jan 30, 2011 - 0.2")

(Jan 31, 2011 - 0.4")

(Feb 1, 2011 - 2.2")

(Feb 2, 2011 - 2.6")

(Feb 6, 2011 - 0.8")

(Feb 7, 2011 - 1.0")

(Feb 8, 2011 - 1.3")


Seasonal Snowfall
The seasonal snowdepth graph located below plainly shows that our current snow pack hasn't been this deep during this time of year for the past 4 years. It's been a great rebound since NYE and when the opportunity has presented itself the snow has been fun to roll around in.

(OSNW3 Seasonal Snowdepth 2006-2011)

(OSNW3 Seasonal Snowfall 2006-2011)


Door County Road Trip
Alicia and I spent a little over 24 hours on Feb 5-6 in the great winter confines of the Door Peninsula. Our outdoor adventure took place on Feb 6 at Cave Point County Park. It is always nice to be on the shoreline of a Great Lake.

More photos exist here and two videos exist here.


A Cold Perspective
In honor of the recently short lived cold blast, I dug up the top ten coldest Oshkosh nights in the last 30 years. The list also includes the maximum temperature of the particular day. It helps me gain a better understanding of each observation period. The coldest reading at OSNW3 this winter season is -10.6 degrees on Jan 21, 2011. More observations located here.

(10 Coldest Nights In Oshkosh - 1981-2011)


Front Of House
The front yard has a hefty cover of snow. This will be taking a major hit in the coming week. I am crossing my fingers that the depths of winter can hold back a major thaw. Thinking snow, our friend Jared linked us to some amazing photos of snow monsters in northern Japan. Now that is a lot snow. Packers.

(FOH - Feb 10, 2011)