Archive for December, 2008

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

A little humor for New Year’s Eve. Wishing all a very happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!


Weather Channel Accused of Pro-Weather Bias

Turning Windy and Colder

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Windy tonight

Winds will shift to the northwest late this evening, ushering in much colder temperatures overnight. Winds may gust to around 45 mph at times.  Strong winds combined with falling temperatures will produce wind chills near zero.

Wind Equipment Outage

Sunday, December 21st, 2008
Frozen Anemometer and wind vane

Frozen Anemometer and wind vane

Due to the recent ice storm that deposited nearly 1/2 inch of glaze over all surfaces, our wind equipment — anemometer that measures wind speed and wind vane for direction — are not reporting accurate data. They remain encased in ice and will need a day when we reach or exceed freezing before they begin reporting again. Let’s hope that happens soon! Unfortunately it meant that we missed some peak gusts from the strong winds today. Wind chills were likely near 30 below zero at times today.

Ice Storm

Friday, December 19th, 2008

A significant ice storm occurred last night and this morning depositing just under 1/2 inch of ice (known as “glaze”) on all surfaces. Several tree branches have come down in the area due to the weight of the ice on the tree limbs.

Pine cone and pine needles encased in ice

Pine cone and pine needles encased in ice

Bird house covered with ice

Bird house covered with ice

Washington Hawthorn Tree

Washington Hawthorn Tree

Ice on shrubs

Ice on shrubs

Weather equipment encased in ice

Weather equipment encased in ice

Cardinals in tree

Cardinals in tree

Pine needles

Pine needles

Strong Cold Front

Monday, December 15th, 2008

Cold Front Passage Dec 14, 2008

A powerful cold front swept across the area Sunday night. The temperature reached 50° around 8 PM last night in advance of the front. After frontal passage, winds switched to the west-northwest and gusted up to over 30 mph. Rain that had been falling quickly turned to sleet and then snow. The graph shows the dramatic temperature drop after frontal passage. By early Monday morning the temperature had dropped to 5°!

Internet Service Restored

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Our internet service went down around 1:30 AM this morning and we are finally back on line as of around 4:30 PM this afternoon.  Our website weather data should be updating once again.

November 2008 Climate Summary

Monday, December 1st, 2008

November was notable for some well above normal temperatures in the 70s during the first week of the month.  Precipitation was below normal. The month ended with our first snowstorm of the season.

Here are the highlights:
Average temperature     = 39.3 °F
Average humidity        = 77 %
Average dewpoint        = 32.2 °F
Average barometer       = 30.045 in.
Average windspeed       = 7.1 mph
Average gustspeed       = 10.6 mph
Average direction       = 247 ° (WSW)

Rainfall for month      = 0.65 inch
Snowfall                     = Trace
Maximum temperature     = 74.0 °F on day 03 at time 13:19
Minimum temperature     = 12.7 °F on day 22 at time 02:38
Maximum humidity        = 100 % on day 26 at time 06:17
Minimum humidity        = 37 % on day 04 at time 15:13
Maximum pressure        = 30.60  in. on day 21 at time 10:22
Minimum pressure        = 29.26  in. on day 30 at time 20:39
Maximum windspeed       = 24.2 mph from 180 °( S )  on day 13 at time 14:21
Maximum gust speed      = 36.8 mph from 180 °( S ) on day 13 at time 14:24
Maximum heat index      = 79.0 °F on day 04 at time 17:09