Since this is the last week to enter the snowmelt contest I want to mention it a couple more times in the blog. The deadline is midnight on April 30th (Friday night). You can submit your guess here. You can do it today, or maybe wait until Friday. I have one of our skycams zoomed in closer on Rib Mountain and will continue to do so throughout the week in order to give you a better look at how much is left. Some additionalinformation: A young fellow Payton and his father were up on Rib Mountain over the weekend to get a close up look at the remaining snow. They took a look at most of the snow piles and came up with an average depth of 16 inches and a maximum of about 44 inches. This is less than what was up there last year at this time (last years snowmelt date was a record late one – June 24th). This year it might be a record early melt. It depends on the weather over the next few weeks. If it is warmer than normal, then the snow will melt pretty quick. If it is cooler (things looks near normal for the next 7 to 10 days) then maybe it will be a more normal melt date, which is usually between June 5th and 10th. Good luck everyone.
Picture By Deb Janko
The snow might melt early this year and there are other signs of Spring coming out earlier this year (Brian covered some of these in an earlier blog post). I see some of the trees are getting leaves and flowers. I also have Spinach up in my garden already which makes it the earliest I have had spinach over the last decade or so. On the wildlife front, Deb Janko from the town of Merrill sent in a nice picture of nesting bluebirds.
What would make this Spring even more spectacular is if we could get some heavier rainfall in more of the area. Most of the viewing area around Marathon county and further north only received one to two tenths of an inch over the weekend – just enough to wet the whistle. In Wausau the official total at the airport was 0.15 inches. A few spots had a lot more rainfall. There was one persistent band of rain that affected east central Wisconsin and stretched into the eastern part of our area on Sunday morning. It produced 1.19 inches of rain in Green Bay. Our StormTrak9 weather watchers also reported some nice amounts.
Marianne in Scandinavia: 1.1″
Paul & Char in Stevens Point: 0.55″
Bruce & Pat in Polonia: 0.77″
Mary & Scott in Almond: 0.68″
Joan in Plainfield: 1.0″
Mary in Whiting: 0.65″
The next chance of rain will come late Thursday and during the day on Friday. If we are lucky, the rain could be a half inch or so. Until then, I’ll have to keep watering.
Since tornadoes proved their deadly nature once again this weekend (in the southeast) and we just ended our severe weather and tornado awareness week in Wisconsin, how about a simple list of tornado facts to peruse. The explanation of how tornadoes form leaves a little bit to be desired but the other facts are fairly interesting. The one thing that most people do not know is that the vast majority of tornadoes that occur in the world – occur in the United States. I once heard a quote (but cannot now find the reference, so don’t quote me as a fact) that over 90% of the world’s tornadoes occur in the U.S.
Lastly, a little eye-candy for your Monday. We now have a satellite monitoring the sun in high definition. Some of the first video released is stunning. Take a look at this one.
Have a nice Monday! Meteorologist Justin Loew.
Posted under Environment, Snowmelt 2010, Spring, Viewer pictures
This post was written by jloew on April 26, 2010