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2003

In chronological order

9th Snowfall of 2002-03 Season

On January 2nd, the snow started falling around lunchtime and became rather heavy at times before tapering off around supper time. The light snow continued for a couple hours after sunset, but most of the 3½ inches of snow had fallen by the time I was leaving work at 5:00pm. The Christmas Day snow had stayed through the weekend, but disappeared rather quickly Monday and Tuesday, helped along by some unwelcome rain… no weather is more depressing in winter time than rain!

Seasonal snowfall: 18½ to 19½ inches.

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awc 2003-01-05 22:03

10th Snowfall of 2002-03 Season

The light snow began shortly before 11pm last night and lasted until sometime after 9:30 (but ending before 10:30) this morning. Total snowfall for this storm was only 1½ inches, raising the snow depth to 5 inches.

Season snowfall: 20 to 21 inches.

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awc 2003-01-05 22:06

11th Snowfall of 2002-03 Season

I suppose this could be considered a continuation of the Tenth Snowfall since the time between was only a few hours. At any rate, the snow began falling lightly again on Sunday (Jan 5) afternoon and continued until nightfall. Total accumulation was about an inch, raising the snowdepth to 6 inches.

Today, however, was a snow killer kind of day… windy, warm (high of 47), and occasionally sunny. Much of our yard has no snow (since most of it has a slight slope facing southward); but there is still about 3 inches left in the shady areas.

Season snowfall: 21 to 22 inches.

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awc 2003-01-08 23:04

12th Snowfall of 2002-03 Season

On the 10th, we had occasional lake effect snow squalls. Total snowfall amounted to about ½ inch at our house.

During these squalls, we were driving north on I-69 and it was amazing how localized these squalls were. There would be absolute blizzard conditions (wind, snow, cold) that would limit visibility to less than a hundred yards; and then a few miles down the road it would be dry and the ground was absolutely devoid of snow. It would have been interesting to see a satellite image of the snowcover the next morning (if it hadn't been overcast), to see the bands of snow cover from those squalls.

Season snowfall: 21½ to 22½ inches.

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awc 2003-01-15 19:52

13th Snowfall of 2002-03 Season

The snow started sometime after 2am on Tuesday (the 14th) and continued until about 10 or 11am. It was a light fluffy snow (the temperature was in the low 20s), and added about an inch to our snow depth (which ranges from less than 2 inches to around 5 inches in sheltered shady areas).

Season snowfall: 22½ to 23½ inches.

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awc 2003-01-15 20:05

14th Snowfall of 2002-03 Season

On Saturday (the 18th), light snow developed in the afternoon and continued for several hours. It was quite windy (gusts up to 30mph) and very chilly (in the teens), so the ½ inch of dry powdery snow swirled downs the streets quite picturesquely.

Season snowfall: 23 to 24 inches.

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awc 2003-01-21 09:04

15th Snowfall of 2002-03 Season

Late afternoon Sunday (the 19th), light snow developed for the second day in a row. This time the snow was a little more intense and the wind not quite as strong, and the temperature rose into the low 20s. By the time it was over sometime early Monday morning, we had an inch of fresh powder. Snow depth on the ground Monday morning varied from 1 to 5 inches (deep snow only in the shade on the north side of the house and in scattered drifts).

Season snowfall: 24 to 25 inches.

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awc 2003-01-21 09:10

16th Snowfall of 2002-03 Season

Throughout the night Thursday (23 Jan) into Friday morning, light snow fell as temperatures hovered in the low teens. By daybreak, the snowfall tapered off, leaving a fresh inch on the ground.

Season snowfall: 25 to 26 inches.

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awc 2003-01-30 12:09

17th Snowfall of 2002-03 Season

Saturday evening (25 Jan), the temperatures hovered in the upper 20s (the warmest temperatures since around midnight the previous Monday) and snow began falling. The snow continued until nearly noon on Sunday, but the temperature had fallen to the mid-teens. This snowfall provided an additional two inches to the snow cover.

Season snowfall: 27 to 28 inches.

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awc 2003-01-30 12:22

18th Snowfall of 2002-03 Season

Snow began late Tuesday evening and ended by daybreak on Wednesday, but the temperatures were warmer this time, hovering at or slightly below 30 throughout the night. Also distinctive from the last two snowfalls, there was virtually no wind! This storm left a fresh 3 inches of snow on the ground.

The last three snows have left a fresh 1, 2, and 3 inches of snow on the ground. If the next snowfall is 4 inches, we have a simple arithmetic series going here; if the next snowfall is 5 inches, we have a Fibonacci series going! Of course, if it’s anything else, then the snowfall is just random wink

Season snowfall: 30 to 31 inches.

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awc 2003-01-30 12:35

19th Snowfall of 2002-03 Season

Feb 3rd was another snow killer kind of day. Thick advection fog (at times reducing visibility below ¼ mile) blanketed the region most of the day as southerly breezes brought balmy temperatures (all the way up to 49 by 9pm) for the first time into the 40s since Jan 9th (in fact, from the 10th to the 30th, the temperature never exceeded freezing!). By the time the wind shifted around to the northwest shortly after 10pm, all but the deepest drifts had disappeared.

From that point, the temperature plummeted nearly 15 degrees in an hour, and then slowly drifted downward all day as brutal winds of 20-30 mph (with gusts up to 39mph) carried lake effect snow all the way to Fort Wayne and points east. By the time the winds died down late Tuesday night, we had nearly an inch of snow on the ground.

Season snowfall: 31 to 32 inches.

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awc 2003-02-06 11:07

20th Snowfall of 2002-03 Season

Snow began sometime after midnight and continued lightly thru late this morning. As of 8am, ½ inch had fallen; but, I was not in a position to estimate snowfall again until around 6pm. There must have been a break in the clouds this afternoon, because there was no trace of the fresh snow at that time. My best guess is that we probably did not get much more than another ¼ inch.

Season snowfall: 31¾ to 32¾ inches.

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awc 2003-02-10 23:09

24th Snowfall of 2002-03 Season

I have been remiss in updating this blog.

Snowfall 21
About ½ inch last Thursday morning (13 Feb 03).

Snowfall 22
About 1 inch last Saturday (15 Feb 03), after they had predicted nearly 6 inches. BUMMER!

Snowfall 23
About ½ inch last Sunday (16 Feb 03).

Snowfall 24
It started out Saturday (22 Feb 03) raining, and then we had periods of sleet after noon. Finally, at around 14:45 snowflakes began to mix in with the rain/sleet. Within an hour it was snowing moderately.

The snow continued throughout the evening, quite heavy at times. The wind was quite gusty, and quite a few times it looked like a true blizzard outside. Around 2100 (that’s a guess) we had THUNDERSNOW!!!! There were two very bright lightning flashes, and the second was followed closely by distinct thunder.

The snow tapered off by 0200 Sunday morning, and there was a wind-wiped 8 inches of snow on the ground. Well, that’s my best guess anyway, since the wind blew some spots nearly bare while some of the drifts were about 1½ feet deep. There was 6 to 10 inches on the driveway (with 7 to 8 being the most common), and there was 7 to 11 inches on the sidewalk along the front of the house (with 8 to 9 being the most common).

It was absolutely beautiful out today, with the sun shining on the new fallen snow!

Season snowfall: 41¾ to 42¾ inches.

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awc 2003-02-23 23:17

Heavy rains beginning on the Fourth of July

About 4pm on the Fourth of July, the first line of strong thunderstorms plowed through Fort Wayne, with strong winds, frequent lightning, and very heavy rainfall. At our house, we registered 2.95" of rain from the storm. One “train” of thunderstorms set up in the county south of here (Adams) and dumped heavy rains all night there, some areas receiving more than seven inches.

During the early morning hours of Saturday and again Sunday, a line of thunderstorms moved through; but the total rainfall at our house from both was only .30".

Another heavy line of thunderstorms plowed through the area Sunday evening, dumping 2.30" of rain.

Around 1am Tuesday morning, yet another line of strong thunderstorms moved through (strong winds and frequent lightning), adding another 0.25" to the rain bucket.

As I write this, another line of thunderstorms has just moved through and there is yet another one about an hour behind it!

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awc 2003-07-08 19:58

Heavy rain again!

Between 1:30 and 2:00 am Monday morning a very strong line of thunderstorms drifted southeastward into Fort Wayne. Extremely frequent lightning occurred for about half an hour, with gusty winds (probably 30-35 mph) and torrential rain. This was followed by several hours of moderate to light rain.

Total rainfall for the storm was 3.10".

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awc 2003-07-23 00:19

What a summer!

It seems we just can’t have a nice normal thunderstorm this summer. The frequency of thunderstorms has diminished since the beginning of July, but the intensity of those that do happened has not!

Yesterday evening we had a couple of lines of thunderstorms, accompanied by brief strong winds, which dumped 2" of rain in my rain gauge in just a couple of hours.

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awc 2003-08-03 01:37

Winter Returns!

After a weekend of temperatures in the 60s, on Monday (24 November) the first trace of snow blew into town on the leading edge of a blast of Canadian air. Several snow showers passed through, a couple of times leaving mulch-covered areas nearly white, but no other areas showed any accumulation.

Dare we hope that this means 24 measurable snows for the 03-04 winter season?

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awc 2003-12-06 17:02

1st Snowfall of Winter 03-04

In a bit of a surprise (as least to local weathercasters), the precipitation suddenly turned to snow about 9pm Friday evening (28 November) and continued steadily, and at times fairly heavily, until a little after midnight. Our first measurable snowfall of the season brought us a little over 2" of the glorious white stuff!

The snow cover remained for a couple of days.

Season snowfall: 2"

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awc 2003-12-06 17:12

2nd Snowfall of Winter 03-04

Snow began falling the wee hours of Friday (5 December) and piled up more than 2" by dawn. Snow continued throughout the day, at times perhaps mixed with rain, but the temperature hovered just above the freezing mark and the snow seemed to melt about as fast as it was falling. According to the NWS, Fort Wayne had 5" of snow, but the airport was closer to the track of the low; so I’m going to guess we had no more than 4". The snowdepth stayed fairly constant at 2-3" throughout the day. By evening, as the temperature started to dip below freezing, the precipitation ended.

As of Monday (8 December), we still have nearly 2" snow cover.

Season snowfall: 6"

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awc 2003-12-06 17:18

3rd Snowfall of Winter 03-04

Throughout Saturday and into Sunday morning (Dec 13-14) light snow fell, with occasional breaks. We received nearly an inch of snow before the storm moved on to become a major Nor'easter dumping several feet of snow on parts of New England. Sigh. Some people have all the luck!

Season snowfall: 7"

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awc 2003-12-16 23:53

4th Snowfall of Winter 03-04

From shortly after midnight and throughout the day yesterday (Dec 17 – my birthday!!), occasional light snow fell, leaving only about ½" of fluffy snow.

Season snowfall: 7½"

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awc 2003-12-18 14:37

5th Snowfall of Winter 03-04

By dawn on Friday, Dec 19, nearly 2" of snow had fallen. Snow continued throughout the day, rather heavy for brief times. Still, the snow depth never seemed to exceed 3-4". Let’s just call it 4" of snow. The snow cover lasted for a few days, but was gone before Christmas Eve.

Season snowfall: 11½"

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awc 2003-12-29 00:53

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