Showing posts from June, 2012

Webcam Timelapse - Through Summer Solstice

#OSNW3 - Webcam 2012 thru Summer Solstice: via @youtube Evidence of our futile winter. #wiwx#Oshkosh— Josh Herman (@OSNW3) June 29, 2012

The first half of 2012 has been an eye catcher here in Oshkosh. Through the window of my webcam enclosure it becomes evident quite quickly that something is bit abnormal with the weather outside.

- Lack of persistent snow cover
- Noon temperatures in the 30s in February
- Countless days in the 70s in March
- Two separate backyard floods days apart

There is a lot to see in this timelapse. If anything stands out to you let me know in the comments section of the blog. Enjoy! My neighbors new fence is awesome and will give extra volume to snowfalls this coming winter...

When It Rains, It Pours

The words below were originally written for
The Oshkosh Northwestern - Monthly Weather Report


The old saying goes “when it rains, it pours” and that was exactly the case for how May of 2012 transpired. Seven of the first thirteen days recorded measurable precipitation. These seven days accounted for more than 80% of the monthly rainfall total which included the deluge that occurred on May 2-3. The May 2-3 rainfall became the largest daily rainfall in the month of May and also became the 6th all-time largest daily rainfall in Oshkosh history. Two of the four precipitation observation stations in the greater Oshkosh area recorded over 7 inches for the month pushing the monthly total into second place all-time for the month of May. The top spot belongs to May of 2004 when 9.04 inches were recorded. Oshkosh daily observations date back to 1893.

Greater Oshkosh May 2012 Precipitation Totals
5.84", Oshkosh 5.2 N
7.64", Oshkosh 1.3 NNE
7.99", Oshkosh WWTP (NWS)

Because Every Drop Counts

The words below were originally written for
The Greater Oshkosh Editions of the Scene Newspaper


Shortly after I moved to Oshkosh in 1996 I realized how arousing it would become living here, on the water. Each day I admire our water landscape feeling truly fortunate to call Oshkosh home. The great amount of water resources that border or flow through our city demand respect and continual maintenance and care. Each time rain falls from the sky or a snowpack melt, the water that runs off our roofs, driveways, and yards flow into storm water sewers and creeks that eventually flow directly into the Fox River and Lake Winnebago.

There are an outstanding amount of factors that contribute to a storm water management system. However, ultimately it is the amount of rain that falls on a particular area that brings the land use and soil types to a cohesive head preventing storm water runoff from entering our waterways. The city of Oshkosh uses precipitation data to effectively analyze and im…