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Weather Notebook For March 5, 2015

Weather Notebook For March 5, 2015

According to Fulton’s weather observer, the area received 0.01-inch of precipitation on
March 4.

The monthly total is 0.48-inch.

The total for the year is 7.10 inches.

Fulton received 0.5-inch of snow on March 4.

Total snowfall for the month is 8.4 inches.

For the winter the total stands at 196.1 inches.

A few lingering snow showers, otherwise partly clear and cold tonight. Low zero.

Continued cold with a mix of sun and clouds on Friday. High near 20.

Breezy and cold with snow showers today. High 15 – 20.

Don’t Be Fooled By Warm Weather

OSWEGO, NY – City officials continue to advise residents to keep their water running a little.

You should keep the (cold) water running, about the diameter of a pencil, according to Oswego Fire Chief Jeff McCrobie.

February's temperatures were cold enough to freeze any water that wasn't moving. Many of the city's water mains have fallen victim to the cold.

February’s temperatures were cold enough to freeze any water that wasn’t moving. Many of the city’s water mains have fallen victim to the cold.

The slight added cost in water usage won’t be as much as you would have to pay for repairs if your pipes froze and burst, he added.

“We are still providing potable water for those without water service,” the chief said. “Residents can get some bottled water or bring their own containers and we’ll fill them up at the East Seneca Street entrance of the Eastside Fire Station.”

The local state of emergency imposed last week by Mayor Tom Gillen remains in effect until further notice.

“It will probably last another two or three days,” the mayor told Oswego County Today. “We’re slowly getting back to normal. But, we’re not there yet.”

“We can still freeze; the possibility is still there,” McCrobie said Wednesday. “Just because we have a day like this (with temperatures near 40 degrees) doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods.”

In some cases, pipes have thawed, but water was not left running, and refreezes have occurred, he cautioned.

According to Oswego DPW Commissioner Mike Smith, nearly three dozen properties have had their water services restored.

“We moving as quickly as possible. We’re having success in get services restore to many. But, there are still about eight to 10 that we’re dealing with right now. We’re very busy.”

Besides dealing with the rampant water problems across the city, the DPW is also removing snow from many of the more congested streets, the commissioner said.

The mayor cited the DPW’s efforts.

“They are doing a heck of a job. There were 40 to 45 (water service customers) impacted and they have restored service to close to 40, I think,” he said. “There’s around a half dozen left to repair.”

“I don’t remember a tough stretch of weather like this, with the snow and freezing cold, in a long time,” the mayor said. “The DPW is moving snow as fast as it can. They are doing the worst areas first and working out from there. The county has stepped up and is helping us out, as well.”

For the most part, residents are doing a good job keeping their sidewalks shoveled, he added.

Relief can’t come fast enough for many city residents and those that walk in Oswego.

“I can’t even drive down my street; cars are on one side and the other side isn’t even plowed. It looks like Baghdad on my street, its disgusting,” Jennifer Losurdo said. “If a fire truck or ambulance needed to get down there, it couldn’t. You can’t see over the snowbanks on any corner to see if another car is coming or not.”

The potholes are another story, she said, adding, “The first time I pop a tire or need a front end alignment, I’m sending the bill to the city, and I am a city employee. Bridge Street, 104 east and west, is a disgrace and an embarrassment.”

Another west side resident agreed.

“I realize DPW has its hands full with water breaks, but finally streets are getting wider and more clear,” he said. “However, Bridge Street at the forks-of-the-road deteriorates more every day. A major problem around west side is that corner snowbanks continue to be high and it’s pretty blind.”

Larry Rapshaw walks in the Port City to go to work.

“The sidewalk conditions, which are bad every year in spots, are really bad this year,” he said. “I walk a lot and drive little and I hardly ever have heat, so I am used to what winter doles out. I just walk over it.”

If his water freezes, he brings jugs of water in for drinking and cleaning.

“People with cars and kids feel the sting of winter more, I think, since they have to shovel constantly and scrape ice off windshields, etc. The more the winter months throw at me, the more I adjust my lifestyle to waltz with it!” he said.

With temperatures forecast to plunge back into the teens Thursday, McCrobie reiterated that it is “extremely important that residents continue to have their water running without interruption until further notice.”

If you are attempting to thaw your own pipes, never use a torch as it can cause a fire; a hair dryer is an acceptable method of thawing frozen water lines, the chief added.

For more information, call the Oswego Fire Department at 342-8773.

Weather Notebook For March 4, 2015

Weather Notebook For March 4, 2015

According to Fulton’s weather observer, the area received 0.30-inch of precipitation on
March 3.

The monthly total is 0.47-inch.

The total for the year is 7.09 inches.

Fulton received 3.2 inches of snow on March 3.

Total snowfall for the month is 7.9 inches.

For the winter the total stands at 195.6 inches.

Cloudy with some snow showers tonight. Low in the teens.

Mostly cloudy and cold with flurries on Thursday. High in the upper teens.

Mostly cloudy with mixed precipitation possible later today. High in the upper 30s.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT

OSWEGO, JEFFERSON, LEWIS COUNTIES – INCLUDING THE CITIES OF OSWEGO, WATERTOWN AND LOWVILLE
445 PM TUE MAR 3 2015

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM WEDNESDAY.

LOCATIONS: EASTERN LAKE ONTARIO REGION.

TIMING: THROUGH LATE TONIGHT.

HAZARDS: SNOW, SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN.

ACCUMULATIONS: SNOW ACCUMULATING 2 TO 4 INCHES TONIGHT.
ICE ACCUMULATING UP TO ONE-THIRD OF AN INCH TONIGHT.

VISIBILITIES: LESS THAN A 1/2 MILE AT TIMES EARLY THIS EVENING.

IMPACTS: SNOW CHANGING TO A WINTRY MIX WILL RESULT IN VERY  SLIPPERY CONDITIONS ON UNTREATED ROADS, SIDEWALKS AND PARKING LOTS.
ROADS MAY BE VERY SLUSHY AND SLIPPERY FOR THE TUESDAY EVENING COMMUTE.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NORMALLY ISSUED FOR A VARIETY OF
WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS SUCH AS SNOW, SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN.

WHILE THE WEATHER WILL BE SIGNIFICANT, THE WORD ADVISORY IMPLIES
THAT SEVERE WINTER WEATHER IS NOT ANTICIPATED.

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Weather Notebook For March 3, 2015

Weather Notebook For March 3, 2015

According to Fulton’s weather observer, the area received 0.09-inch of precipitation on
March 2.

The monthly total is 0.17-inch.

The total for the year is 6.79 inches.

Fulton received 3.1 inches of snow on March 2.

Total snowfall for the month is 4.7 inches.

For the winter the total stands at 192.4 inches.

A wintry mix tapering off to drizzle tonight. Low near 30.

A mix of rain and snow possible on Wednesday. High 32.

Increasing clouds with snow and maybe sleet in some areas later today. High 32.

Residents Voice Opposition To City’s Winter Parking Policy

OSWEGO, NY – Nearly a dozen speakers voiced their opposition Monday to the Port City’s winter parking policy.

However, after almost two hours, the councilors took no action on the matter. For now, at least, Oswego’s alternate side parking remains in effect for the remainder of the winter.

The Port City is working to clear its snow-clogged streets and sidewalks. Its current parking policy has many residents upset, however.

The Port City is working to clear its snow-clogged streets and sidewalks. Its current parking policy has many residents upset, however.

Members of the public called the city’s current alternate side parking policy disgusting, ridiculous and told city officials to “get rid of it.” Some offered possible options to the policy.

“I don’t think anyone wants to make a legitimate move on what it is; I don’t think anyone wants to take the responsibility on what the outcome is. I’m willing to say that it’s a tough position because we’re not going to be able to really put an effective decision out there that is going to get to a lot of people in the short time that we have left,” Council President Eric VanBuren said following the marathon discussion.

There’s always the chance that March is going to be a lion, he added.

“I’d say that what we’re doing now in terms of temporary no parking is helping to get the streets cleaned up the best that we can,” he said. “We’ll continue with the current policy as we move along to a better solution.”

The possibility of parking by permits exists, he noted.

“Mirroring the temporary permit system we have for front yard parking, that we have normally done in previous years, it shouldn’t be too much of a struggle to move that to on-street parking,” he said. “This would give a list to the DPW so that they would know what streets that these cars were going to be on so they could have a heads up. It would allow us better enforcement. They would know that if they do not keep their parking areas clean and they are abiding by the regulations, they could lose their permit.”

The county has provided the city with some 10-wheelers to help remove the snow from city streets, VanBuren said.

“We’re working toward partnering with the county,” he added.

The city’s overall parking policy needs to be reviewed, he noted.

“There are some city streets that really should have parking only on one side,” he said. “There are some streets that should have alternate parking.”

The council has reached out to the DPW commissioner and police chief to talk to their staffs so the council can get a better idea of what they are up against and how the council can help them do their jobs, he added.

“We’re to see what streets they are having problems on, what streets they’d like to see no parking on and that sort of thing,” he explained. “I’m looking to get that feedback from those departments so we can make a better solution.”

Five hours (1 to 6 a.m.) is not enough time clear the snow, especially if there was a snowstorm. So if it’s expanded that to 8 hours or 12 hours, then we’d see some better clearing of the snow, he said.

The committee took no action Monday night.

However, councilors will continue to re-examine the city’s parking policy, with an eye specifically on winter issues.

Thoroughly Modern Millie Opens In Fulton

Millie Arrives in NYC:   A long way from home town of Salina, Kansas, Mille Dillmount (Alexia Abelgore) sets out for an adventure in New York City.

Thoroughly Modern Millie Opens In Fulton

Thoroughly Modern Millie Opens In Fulton

Her hopes of meeting a wealthy man to marry in 1922 NYC could be dashed as she is robbed during her first ten minutes in the city.

Though discouraged, she refuses to give up.

Her story is told in the energetic Broadway musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie, which plays this weekend (March 5-7) in Fulton’s G. Ray Bodley High School Auditorium.

The musical is under the direction of Fulton teachers Tom Briggs, Thomas Nami and Rob Lescarbeau.
Photo by Kelly LeVea 

Weather Notebook For March 2, 2015

Weather Notebook For March 2, 2015

According to Fulton’s weather observer, the area received 0.08-inch of precipitation on
March 1.

The monthly total is 0.08-inch.

The total for the year is 6.70 inches.

Fulton received 1.6 inches of snow on March 1.

Total snowfall for the month is 1.6 inches.

For the winter the total stands at 189.3 inches.

Partly cloudy and less windy tonight. Low near 10.

Increasing clouds with a chance of snow on Tuesday. High 32.

Windy with a chance of an inch or two of snow today. High in the upper 20s.

Febrrr-uary Was Cold – But Not ‘Coldest’

OSWEGO, NY – February 2015 was cold – really cold. But it wasn’t the coldest on record, according to Bill Gregway, local observer for the National Weather Service.

The average temperature last month was 14.1 degrees. That is 11.3 degrees below average.

For a winter break, with the Oswego River and Canal frozen, the local Oswego paddling group enjoyed a beautiful day,  xc-skiing and snowshoeing at Great Bear Recreational Area. With the abundance of snow, the trails at Great Bear are well suited for xc-skiing and snowshoeing. Great Bear is a non-motoriized share the trail area, just south of Fulton, adjacent to Route 57. Info and a trail map can be found at: http://www.friendsofgreatbear.org/ Pictured at the historic Oswego canal guard lock #2 and tow path, from left are: Ellen Wahl, Dick Kaulfuss, Diane Chepko, Ozzie (sitting) Margaret Bocsor, Remo Bianco and Mike Tafler. Camera shy: Naneen Drosse, Kathy Fenlon, Randy and Nate Gordon.

For a winter break, with the Oswego River and Canal frozen, the local Oswego paddling group enjoyed a beautiful day, xc-skiing and snowshoeing at Great Bear Recreational Area. With the abundance of snow, the trails at Great Bear are well suited for xc-skiing and snowshoeing. Great Bear is a non-motoriized share the trail area, just south of Fulton, adjacent to Route 57. Info and a trail map can be found at: http://www.friendsofgreatbear.org/
Pictured at the historic Oswego canal guard lock #2 and tow path, from left are: Ellen Wahl, Dick Kaulfuss, Diane Chepko, Ozzie (sitting) Margaret Bocsor, Remo Bianco and Mike Tafler. Camera shy: Naneen Drosse, Kathy Fenlon, Randy and Nate Gordon. (Photo provided by Dick Drosse)

“That’s pretty darn cold; but, we weren’t as cold as inland places like Syracuse,” Gregway said. “We didn’t have any big below zero readings like they did. Lake Ontario actually helped keep us warmer.”

The highest temperature for February was 32 degrees on the 4th. The lowest was -5 degrees on the 24th.

There were no records set.

“We had a near record on the 24th – we were 1 degree away. The record is -6 degrees in 1894,” Gregway said.

February had just the 1 high in the 30s.

There were 2 highs in the single digits and 6 in the teens.

The overnight low was zero or below 8 times. And, 10 times it was in the single digits.

“When we went below zero it wasn’t a biggie. We only went down as far as -5. The whole month was 32 degrees or below,” Gregway said.

Total precipitation for the month was 2.62 inches. That is 0.21-inch below normal.

The greatest precipitation in a 24-hour period was 0.55-inch on the 2nd.

For the year, precipitation now stands at 4.94 inches. That is 1.68 inches below average.

Snowfall for February came in at 60.2 inches. That is 25.7 inches higher than normal.

The most snowfall in a 24-hour period was 10.0 inches on the 2nd.

“The snow didn’t have a lot of water content in it last month,” Gregway said. “It was very light and fluffy. We had very dry air all month.”

For the winter, total snowfall is 132.4 inches. That’s 5.2 inches more than average.

February had 1 occasion of snow pellets and no ice pellets or freezing rain.

There were no thunderstorms or foggy days – both of which are normal.

There was measurable precipitation on 20 days, 9 of them (the first 9 days) were consecutive.

No precipitation fell on 6 days, with a stretch of 2 in a row.

And, 2 days had just a trace.

The area received 24 percent of the possible amount of sunshine. That is 7 percentages below average.

The number of cloudy days, 21, was 1 above average.

The number of partly cloudy days, 5, was 1 below average.

The number of clear days, 2, was average.

The highest barometric pressure was 30.78 on the 28th and the lowest was 29.47 on the 14th.

February’s strongest winds were north-northwesterly greater than 30 mph on the 12th.

There 8 days where the winds were more than 20 mph, Gregway added.

For February 2014, the temperature was 2.9 degrees below average. The highest was 46 degrees and the lowest was 2 degrees.

“There were no below zero readings. We had 4 days where it was 40 or above and 6 days in the single digits,” Gregway said.

Precipitation was almost 0.5-inch above average.

Snowfall was about 7 inches higher than normal.

The warmest February is (34.0 degrees) 1867.

The coldest February on record is 1934 with 10.8 degrees. That is followed by 1885 with 11.9 degrees. This past February ranks third, followed closely by 1979 with 14.4 degrees.

The highest temperature in February is 63 degrees recorded on Feb. 23, 1984 and Feb. 27, 2000.

The lowest is -21 degrees recorded on Feb. 9, 1934.

The wettest February is 2008 (6.22 inches) and the driest is 1987 (0.67-inch).

February 2007 holds the dubious honor of being the snowiest (95.9 inches).

Other snowy Februarys include: 1972 (94.1 inches), 1988 (70.4 inches), 1993 (65.3 inches) and 2015 (60.2 inches).

The least amount of February snow is 2.5 inches in 1957.

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