Observing Weather Is Fun and Worthwhile

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I am drawn to the NCDC – Image and Publications System, specifically the COOP Data / Record of Climatological Observations Form in hopes to find information to back up legendary Oshkosh weather phenomena. What I am learning; Historically, Oshkosh weather observers have recorded daily observations with diligence and enthusiasm. This pleases me.

February 22, 1922 - Statue of Chief Oshkosh

The statue of Chief Oshkosh is at center and covered with ice. On February 22, 1922, a freak winter thunderstorm turned into a devastating sleet storm that paralyzed the city and surrounding communities for several days.

The photo of the Chief Oshkosh statue in Menominee Park depicts a very snowy/sleety/icy scene from February 22, 1922. The monthly weather observation record shows the observer diligently noted in the sleet section that a Big Storm occurred on the 22nd and that it melted by observation time in the daily observation row. While snow depth observations seem to be severely lacking a closer look at the form reveals that the expectation for a snow depth observation was twice a month, once on the 15th and again at the end of the month. The observer didn’t miss a snowfall the entire month. The observer also noted thunderstorms, prevailing winds, precipitation type, and during what portion of the day the precipitation occurred. Great stuff.

Cooperative Observers Meteorological Record

February 1922 – Cooperative Observers Meteorological Record

 

I am thankful for each observation and appreciate the effort. These records have provided many generations valuable tools to help recall and measure our climate. If there are any questions, comments, or suggestions on the material presented please leave a reply. Thanks for reading!

Photos and images courtesy of the Oshkosh Public Museum and NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC).

CoCoRaHS - Community Collaborative Rain, & Snow Network - Because Every Drop Counts

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Josh Herman

Husband. Father. Oshkosh. Weather fan. Precipitation enthusiast. Radar loops, data, & graphs.

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