Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Winter had most days at or below zero--ever
It seems that weather rankings are in the eye of the beholder.
The National Weather Service has gauged this season’s chills, in part, by noting the number of days with subzero temperatures from the start of November through the end of February. By that measure, the allegedly just-ended season had the fourth-most days with the mercury below zero.
But add in days when the temperature sunk to exactly zero, and suddenly, this season is Chicago’s new No. 1.
“It looks like overall this winter has had the most zero or below,” said weather service meteorologist Richard Castro. “So it’s not just perception that it’s felt particularly brutal this year. The numbers say it.”
Monday morning’s low of minus-2 degrees puts Chicago in fourth place by the narrower measurement.
Reframing the numbers to get to a No. 1 requires the addition of three days when the city’s low temperature was right at zero, making for 26 total when it was that cold or colder. The previous record-holding season, 1884-85, had 25 subzero days and none right at zero.
Castro said temperatures likely will not reach zero or below again this season, as the nights are getting shorter and the Earth tilts toward the sun. However, this season’s overall severity could still worsen when considering cold along with snow, Castro said.
“The combination for the two is definitely the most severe winter since the ’70s,” Castro said.
Chicago’s 73.4 inches of snow so far this season, which the weather service counts as autumn through spring, stands at the fourth-most since 1884. That’s slightly less than during 1969-70, which saw 77 inches. The only two years above those were in 1977-78 at 82.3 inches, and in 1978-79 at 89.7 inches total.
However, the weather service predicts more snow will hit Chicago on Tuesday night and possibly over the weekend, Castro said. That could push the city’s snowfall total into second place, Castro said.
“We’re within 10 inches of second place,” Castro said, “So if we can get some snow out of these next couple of events ... you can’t rule it out. And it doesn’t really look like we’re going to break out into another much warmer pattern any time soon.”
As far as average temperatures go, Chicago is at its third-coldest season on record, at 18.8 degrees for “meteorological winter,” or December through February. But widen the time frame to include November and March, Castro said, and who knows how cold the season would be.
“November through March periods would be something to look at this year to compare to previous seasons,” Castro said. “We’ve never done that before. We’ve never had to. Meteorological seasons stood for themselves.”
Monday, February 24, 2014
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Friday, January 24, 2014
Near whiteout conditions, ice plague area highways
Sunday, January 19, 2014
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Prop Owners Win on Delavan Lake
Keep an Eye on Your Assessments
More than 50 Delavan lakefront owners sued the town of Delavan over assessments and taxes paid in 2009 and 2010.
Read the decision:
Friday, January 17, 2014
We have it all on our Rock River/Lake Koshkonong
Eagles in Newville
Bald eagles can be seen...fishing near the Indianford Dam or nestled in the high branches of old oaks near the river in Newville
“We are seeing more and more eagles,” Buenzow said. “Everywhere there’s a dam, there’s at least one eagle waiting for fish for dinner.
He remembers when no eagles were anywhere on the river.
“Today, we have several pairs breeding in Rock County,” Buenzow said. “They’ve been on Lake Koshkonong for about 10 years. It’s a great wildlife comeback story.”
Thursday, January 16, 2014
6 Years Ago - It Began
During the summer and early fall of 2012, southern Wisconsin experienced a challenging period of drought. In sharp contrast, the first half of 2013 has experienced very wet conditions with precipitation amounts now incredibly running up to 15 inches above normal through June 26th.
2013 Jan thru June - weather
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Rock River Trail Initiative Council Meeting - Thursday
Rock River Trail Initiative Council Meeting
Thursday, January 16, 2014
1:00 – 4:00 PM
Edgerton Public Library
101 Albion Street
Edgerton, Wisconsin 53534
(Use driveway on left of library to large parking lot -
enter library from rear door - meet in large conference room)
1. Welcome and Introductions – Dave Hoffman, Meeting Chair
2. Welcome to Edgerton - Ramona Flanagan, City Administrator of Edgerton
3. Approve minutes of October 10, 2013 Council meeting held in Byron, Ill.
4. What is needed to complete signage for Rock River Water Trail? - county by county
5. Status of sign purchase and installation for Rock River Trail Scenic and Historic Route -
Wisconsin and Illinois - Greg Farnham
6. Ceremonies for opening of the Rock River Trail Scenic and Historic Route in Illinois
7. Celebration (formal opening) ceremony for designation of the Rock River Water Trail
as a National Water Trail - Frank Schier
8. Status of the Rock River Trail Bike Route in Illinois - Dean Mathias
and in Wisconsin - Greg Farnham
9. Tourism/economic development workshop in Beloit November 22nd - Dave Schreiber
10. Status of sculpture and art of the Rock River project - Debbie Thompson
11. Status of RRTI sponsorship, contributions and grants - Frank Schier
12. Website needs
13. Other business
14. Next Meeting Date and Venue
Monday, January 13, 2014
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Friday, January 10, 2014
Record Cold Temps - Chart
Thursday, January 09, 2014
Koshkonong Shorelines Benefit
Deep freeze has some silver linings for the natural worldTRAVERSE CITY, MICH.
Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Farmers Asked to Help With Runoff Issues into Lakes and Streams
Rock River Freezes Over
Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Polar Vortex Hits Koshkonong
Locals hunker down as polar vortex grips regionJANESVILLE