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Spring Fever, The Next Cold Snap, Winter Fish Kill & March Madness

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Spring fever is in full bloom. I've been stricken with the fever, but I will admit I am not ready. This feeling leaves me with some sort of yard clean up anxiety that I cannot completely comprehend. Maybe it's the fact that I just don't want to give up the snugness my winter hat gives me. Regardless, temperatures for the month of March thus far are way above average as one would expect, 7.4 degrees above the mean average (81-10) to be exact. Based on the temperature trend projected by Lezak's Recurring Cycle theory, this warmer than average trend should last until the end of the month when a few shots of colder air are likely.

(OSNW3 Weather Brief)
(OSNW3 March Observations)

(OSNW3 March 2012 Summary)
(click on graph for the month summary data - it will open a new tab/window)

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These warm March conditions are emitting a false sense of season and the longevity of them allow me ample time to ponder the next potential cold snap. Following the temperature trends based …

Early March Ice Shoves & An Oshkosh Then and Now Photo

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The first winter storm warning of the season was issued on Mar 2.  The storm was worthy of the warning and it reminded me how much I enjoy a snowstorm.  It is something that has been severely lacking in 2011-12 winter season. More on the storm can be found here. A little over two weeks ago I posted preliminary meteorological winter statistics.  I have now updated the numbers and they can be found here. Overall the numbers kept moving in the direction they were headed. Winter was abnormally warm and lacking in snowfall. Spring weather is just around the corner. Following the LRC and the trend it provides for temperature and precipitation, Oshkosh should be fully entrenched in spring by the end of March.  For a look at the trends please click here. Stay on top of the weather that is happening now by visiting the OSNW3 weather brief linked below.

(OSNW3 Weather Brief)
(OSNW3 March Observations)

(OSNW3 March 2012 Summary)
(click on graph for the month summary data - it will open a new tab/…

2011-12 Meteorological Winter Statistics

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This is certainly the fun part that comes along with having the archived historical daily weather data for Oshkosh! The data archive goes back to 1894. This winter has claimed a spot the history books!

Recognizing the significance of this winters behaviors in categories of mean temperature and the amount of days with maximum temperatures above freezing is crucial. Adding snowfall total and days with measurable snowfall to the comparison the 2011-12 winter becomes one for the ages. Please click the link below for the complete set of rankings (to see each category please scroll down once on the linked page). Click the images for a larger view of the graphs.


Oshkosh All-time Rankings
Snowfall Total, 14.6 inches, 18th least of 119 seasons
Days With Measurable Snowfall, 20 days, 32nd most of 119 seasons
Days With MaxT >= 32, 62 days, 5th most of 119 seasons
Mean Temperature, 26.9 degrees, 4th warmest of 119 seasons


(Oshkosh, WI - Snowfall Total)

(Oshkosh, WI - Days With Measurable Sn…

Mar 2, 2012 - Winter Storm Recap

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Fast Moving Storm Hits East-Central Wisconsin

A fast moving storm system raced across the Great Lakes region Friday.  The storm produced snow across about the southeast half of Wisconsin.  The heaviest snows fell in a band from just west of Milwaukee to the lakeshore areas in east-central Wisconsin.  In general, 4 to 6 inches of snow fell across the Fox Valley, while 5 to 8 inches fell across lakeshore counties.  The highest reported snowfall in our area was 8.5 inches at Francis Creek in Manitowoc county.

More from the National Weather Service in Green Bay, WI click here.

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Measurements (3)
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Mar 3, 2012 @ 6:59am
This measurement was the routine 24hr observation which encompassed two official observations. The snowboard I made the 927pm measurement was used for this observation as well.  I measured 2.4", providing 0.2" more snow overnight. A radarloop of the entire storm is below. An area of light snow associated with the trough extending from the departing low is pr…