It is that time of year for the “year in review” lists to commence. Perhaps you have been seeing some lists around the Internet and various media (like Tony’s blog post from yesterday of the most expensive weather events), so it is about time we listed StormTrack9′s top ten weather events in NorthCentral Wisconsin. I will publish numbers 10 through 7 today, numbers 6 through 4 on Friday, and 3 through 1 on Monday (New Year’s Eve). As always, please feel free to share your most memorable weather events of 2012 in the comment section
There were plenty of interesting things that occurred throughout the year but the most common theme you will find in our list if warmth. It was a warm year, record-setting at times, so it might seem odd start out with a “cold event”.
10. The number 10 weather event was killing frost(s) in April. This would normally not be anything special because frost occurs very frequently in Wsiconsin during the month of April. What made the frost in April more significant this year is that temperatures had gotten so warm in March. It was warm enough in March to cause many fruit crops and trees to start growing and blossoming. Those blossoms were “ripe for the picking” so to speak, when the frost came around in April. Many apple orchards in Northcentral Wisconsin lost almost their entire crops. Other fruit trees were similarly hard hit.
9. October of 2012 was the 7th wettest October on record. We recorded 5.49 inches of rain during the month in Wausau. Some spots had even more. This might not have made the list except for the fact that it was also the wettest month of 2012 and the rain came too late to do much good. The growing season, which had been very dry, was over by the time we recived enough moisture to be beneficial to the crops.
8. Did I mention that 2012 was a warm year? It turns out that 10 out of the 12 months during 2012 were above normal, most of them were significantly above normal. The only two months that were below normal on temps were September and October. Even those two months were just barely below normal. 2012 was not a year when we had to complain about the cold too much. In fact, I think this year I have probably heard the least amount of complaints about “cold weather” in my entire career. It was a nice respite. Most years, most people complain nearly contantly about how cold it is, which always makes me wonder why more people do not move to warmer places.
7. Making it to number 7 on the list is a non-event. There was hardly any severe weather in the area. Since most of the year was quite warm, one might think there would have been more opportunity for severe weather to develop. Interestingly, sometimes it can be too warm. If there is not enough cold air to form cold fronts at the surface, or form instability higher in the atmosphere, then thunderstorms just won’t form. Of course, it was also quite dry for extended periods of time. If there is not enough moisture in the air then we will not end up with thunderstorms, and thus little severe weather. The most active period of severe weather was from June 14th through the 20th when we had a few rounds of thunderstorms and some tornado warnings in Marathon and Langlade counties.
Stay tuned for numbers 6 through 4 tomorrow.
Now a couple of other interesting list of different science and technology, both looking back at 2012 and looking forward to 2013.
Check out this list from Wired to see if you are wired, tired, or expired. I am generally fairly wired, but I can see the divide between “wired” (early adoption of new technology and trends) and “expired” (fine living just the way you are with your current tools), getting more extreme every year. Technology is advancing so fast that it will be impossible to stay “wired”. Or you might be “wired” within certain segments of society/business but find yourself ”expired” in others.
How about Wired’s gear of the year. A lot of things I wouldn’t mind having if I had more money.
IBM’s has listed it’s 5 in 5. While these are technological developments that will develop in the next few years and have a big impact on our lives, somehow, it doesn’t seem like IBM’s 5 in 5 is as interestnig in past years. This years lists seems to revolve around consumer technol
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This post was written by jloew on December 27, 2012