Before I get into the year end review of the weather in Wausau, let’s take a look at some recent viewer photographs:
Picture taken byy Rick Rossier. The heavt snow last Sunday bent the tree limbs all the way down to the ground. Rick says the limbs are usually higher than the shed in the photograph.
Picture sent in by the Stouffers. A nice sunset highlighting heavy snow on the tree.
A squirrell eating corn. Picture taken by Larry Seliger. He put out some corn so the animals would have something "easier" to eat after the heavy snow.
A sign of the season. Picture sent in by Mark Harrestein.
The snow you see in the pictures is of course just the beginning of the winter season here in Northcentral Wisconsin and it looks like we will add a little to it over the next few days – if not on Friday, then on Sunday and Monday. Yesterday we were talking about a Winter Storm Watch for the southeastern part of the area. The National Weather Service has now dropped that Watch, but some accumulation is still possible on Friday. Right now it looks like areas to the south and east of Wausau will have a shot at an inch or two, while the northwoods will end up with just a dusting. The real trouble spot in the state will be in the far south around Madison and Milwauke. That is where there could be 3 to 6 inches of snow during the day on Friday. So if you have any travel plans, be mindful that there could be airport delays in Milwaukee, Madison, Chicago, and even Detroit.
There will be a little break in the action on Saturday and then another stormm system will affect the upper Midwest on Sunday and Monday. This next storm has the potential to produce another couple inches accumulation. The main thing you will notice though is the colder air moving in after the storm departs. On News Years Day and Wednesday of next week, high temps will only be in the low to mid teens. Don’t get too depressed about the cold weather though because it should not last too long. By late next week high temps should be back up into the 300s to near 40.
Year End Review:
We have discussed the extreme weather events during 2007 in the state of Wisconsin, now let us dig a little deeper into the numbers. Today we will look at how each month’s statistics (Wausau) compared to normal. Tomorrow I will list all of the new records that were set, and a look at the yearly precipitation.
January: Avg. high/low= 26.5/12.3 Normal=22.4/3.6 Difference= +4.1/+8.7
February: Avg high/low=18.7/3.7 Normal=28.7/9.3 Difference= -10.0/-5.6
March: Avg. high/low=43.9/24.5 Normal=39.8/20.5 Difference= +4.1/+4.0
April: Avg. high/low=53.9/32.9 Normal=54.8/33.2 Difference= -0.90/-0.30
May: Avg. high/low=71.4/46.9 Normal=68.5/45.1 Difference= +2.9/+1.8
June: Avg. high/low=79.3/54.5 Normal=76.7/54.2 Difference= +2.6/+0.30
July: Avg. high/low=81.7/58.9 Normal=80.8/59.3 Difference= +0.90/-0.40
August: Avg. high/low=78.1/59.3 Normal=78.3/57.4 Difference= -0.20/+1.9
September: Avg. high/low=71.6/51.1 Normal=78.3/57.4 Difference= +2.6/+2.9
October: Avg. high/low=61.3/43.2 Normal=56.7/37.3 Difference= +4.6/+5.9
November: Avg. high/low=39.3/24.0 Normal=40.1/24.6 Difference= -0.80/-0.60
December (so far): Avg. high/low=25.1/9.6 Normal=26.8/10.6 Difference= -1.7/-1.0
So in Wausau, we ended up with 6 above normal months, 2 below normal months, and 4 that were very near normal. The average high/low for the year (so far) is 54.2/35.1. Normal for Wausau is 53.6/33.6 for a difference of +0.60/+1.5. The most interesting aspect of the monthly temperatures is that February was colder than January. Not only was it colder, it was about 9 degrees colder than January! It was nearly the coldest February on record. Normally January is the coldest month of the year. In 2007 it was February – by a large margin.
More Top Ten/Other 2007 Lists:
I have had a couple top science and technology breakthrough lists already, but in my opinion, they left something to be desired. Here is a list that is more representative of the most significant science breakthroughs – click here. This list is better but it is still missing the first demonstration of a quantum computer by Dwave. Perhaps too many scientists remain skeptical as to whether or not Dwave has demonstrated "true" quantum computation. Since Dwave plans to make a 1,000 qbit computer in 2008, it should finally settle the issue.
Here is a pretty good list of the top space discoveries. I thought one of the bigger discoveries was that of extra-solar planets.
How about the top energy stories of the year – one of my current favorite subjects. I have more hope for solar energy and electric cars than for the bio-fuel option. Bio-fuels (including corn-ethanol) could be quite useful as a transition fuel or a stop-gap measure, but eventually it makes more sense to switch over to all electric cars. It is so much more efficient. That’s why I didn’t get too excited about this story – describing a new fueling technique for future hydrogen cars. Generating electricity in order to synthesize hydrogen in order to run our vehicles is not as efficient as just putting electricity into the cars. I say this even though I (and a friend) currently have a fuel cell patent under review by the USPTO. Of course, there are a lot of other uses for fuel cells besides cars.
Here is a fun/wierd alternative energy story: a boat powered by biodiesel created in part from human fat. The human fat part of the was just a publicity stunt to promote an around-the-world trip in a boat powered by alternative fuels. The actual mileage they get from the fat-biodiesel will be quite small.
Meteorologist Justin Loew.
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This post was written by jloew on December 27, 2007