First I want to say Mother Nature has a funny way of planning. Justin had to come in on his vacation to help keep everything updated! I want to say a big THANK YOU to him for helping out. When winter storms happen they usually are prolonged events, unlike severe weather which lasts a few hours. I also want to say I can’t believe it happened the day before Brian left! Since I worked many days with him we always enjoyed discussing big weather events. I knew he was going to be bummed to miss this one ( and I was right!). He was a great meteorologist, friend and co worker and he will be dearly missed by myself, WAOW and the community. Lastly, I have not had the opportunity to work with Tony ( Brian was already in place when I arrived )so I look forward to learning from a veteran met in the coming months. On to the blog….
The snow has come and gone for most of us and not it is going to be the wind chills! We will see extreme cold for the next two days so whatever you do bundle up. I am not just talking about wearing a jacket… I mean layers, hat, gloves, and a scarf. With wind chills in the 20 to 30 range below zero we could see frostbite cases in 20 minutes or less. This is serious and not something to joke around about. Ok now onto the snow totals and records broken.
When it comes to snowfall totals the only cities that are considered “official” are Wausau and Rhinelander however we still have records for other cities. I took time tonight to try and sort out the records and find the most accurate snow total from yesterdays storm. I believe I have them all right and that proves that every single city that we keep records for broke the snow total yesterday! I guess when you see a foot on average that is what happens. I am also going to list some significant totals that I saw from around our area. Tomorrow I will touch on comparing this storm to last years Dec 8th/9th just because to will be to much for one blog. On to the records…Dec 11th
Snow Previous Record
Wausau 12.8″ 6.0″/1899
Rhinelander 10.3″ 1.4″/1964
Stevens Point 8.0″ 3.0″/1901
Wisc. Rapids 9.6″ 3.0/1961
Marshfield 14.0″ 4.5″/1983 and 1932
Merrill 11.2″ 3.0″/1983
Antigo 7.0″ 4.0″/1904
Other significant totals:
Black River Falls 21.6″
Will we see another big snowfall this year? Time will only tell…. as I blogged about last week what is normal for winter storms….find out!
I will make sure to add some viewer pics from the storm in tomorrows blog.
Have a good night and see you in the morning! Meteorologist Kristen Connolly