Mar 14, 2011

Winter/Spring Metamorphosis

The seasonal transition from winter to spring is upon us. With a minimal base of snow lingering, chances of rain this week, and max temps not forecast to dip below the freezing mark for the next two weeks, visions of Old Man Winter packing up and leaving will become a common site. Officially winter has a very good chance of ending mid next week here at OSNW3 which is quite typical since 2006. However, looming is the 'signature' storm of this years LRC (Lezak's Recurring Cycle). Most everyone remembers the storms from Oct 25-28, Dec 11-12, and Feb 1-2 and now we look forward to the return mid to late next week. Models will zig zag the track and timing up until the last minute so pin pointing precip type is difficult. Just know that it's coming and it will affect our region in a similar fashion as the three previous times through the cycle.

(OSNW3 Weather Brief)
(OSNW3 March Observations)

(OSNW3 March 2011 Summary)

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

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Weekly Snowfall
The first half of March has leaned on the wintry side. The highest recorded temp thus far has only been 40.2° which recently occurred on Mar 12. With many of the max temps hovering around average it has allowed the snow that fell to stick around. 6.2 inches of new snow has fallen since the month began bringing us within an inch and a half of the monthly Oshkosh average here at OSNW3. Our seasonal total stands at 56.5 inches.

(Mar 8, 2011 - 0.2")


(Mar 9, 2011 - 2.9")


(Mar 10, 2011 - 3.1")


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Front Of House
I will not be cutting the grass any time soon. And as far as springing forward in time, I prefer more daylight in the morning rather than in the evening. The first Sunday in April through the last Sunday in October still seems to be a better choice in my opinion, are we really saving energy extending DST four weeks?

(FOH - Mar 14, 2011)