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New Year's Eve Snow, Year End Review

By: Buckey2745 , 1:05 PM GMT on December 31, 2012

UPDATE: December 29th Snow
Later in the evening on Saturday a small upper air disturbance associated with the low pressure that brought our snow brought us an additional 0.25" of snow. Since it was loosely associated with the original storm system, I'm counting this toward the storm total giving us 3.75" for the entire event.

New Year's Even Snow
A storm I mentioned a couple days ago effecting us on New Year's Eve will end up only barely bringing us any snow.

Forecast areas to our west could end up seeing 2-4", but it appears most of the precip just won't make it this far east.

I would guess we'll see 1" of snow today, and another dusting after midnight in to sunrise tomorrow morning.

2012 in Review
The year started out with our first snow of winter. Yes. In January. On the 2nd we got about an inch to finally get our season kicked off, followed by our "biggest" storm a couple weeks later... 2".

That was the story of our winter. Not much of one. We ended the season in Circleville (where I lived for the season) with 6.5" of snow. This season we surpassed that total on Saturday.

The severe season started out pretty decent with 6 warnings by the beginning on June. But then this happened:

The June 29th Derecho that everyone here in Columbus will remember for quite a while as much of the city sustained wind damage and power was knocked out for almost 1 million people in Ohio.

After the Derecho we went in to a long term heat wave. 11 straight days above 90° and a couple 100° days. That heat wave contributed to our terrible drought which saw much of our area only recieve 25-50% of our average yearly rainfall.

The rest of our summer went relatively quiet. Not much rain, not much wind. Wait. That could have been because I was using a very outdated WMR-968 weather station to record my data.

So at the end of September I finally took the plunge and bought a new station, the Davis 6250. It's been running perfectly since I hooked it up. From perfect wireless connection, to very accurate rain collection, and very good wind readings. I really couldn't ask for much more.

Probably other than the Derecho, the next most impactful story of 2012 was Superstorm Sandy. The monster that hit the east coast moved on a westward track toward us after landfall. Originally our biggest concern was for high winds, as forecasts called for 55-60mph winds over a 30 hour period! Luckily we never got higher than 39mph that I recorded. So the next threat? Cold and snow:

Computer models kept hinting for days at an inland snow event, and sure enough as the time approached we got a dusting in the early morning hours of October 30th. Nearly a month early for our first snowfall on climatology.

Other numbers:
Highest Temp: 103.1° (July 7th)
Hottest Low: 77.4° (July 6th)
Lowest Temp: 8.8° (January 20th)
Coldest High: 21.6° (January 13th)
Hottest Month: July (Mean Temp: 80.7°)
Coldest Month: January (Mean Temp: 35.9°)

Highest Wind Gust: 90mph (June 29th) (questionable)
Rainiest Day: 1.22" (January 22nd)
Rainiest Month: 3.49" (December)

That's 2012! Happy New Year!

Season Stats:
Winter Weather Advisories- 2
Winter Storm Warnings- 1
Ice Storm Warnings- 0
Blizzard Warnings- 0
Freezing Rain Advisories- 0
Winter Storm Watches- 1
Wind Chill Advisories- 0
Wind Chill Warnings- 0
Blowing Snow Advisory- 0

Snowfall Totals:
October: 0.1" (Predicted: 0.1")
November: 0" (Predicted: 0.1")
December: 9.25" (Predicted: 9")
Season: 9.35"

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