Cold, dry end to 2017 — colder start to 2018

Dave Marner

December of 2017 closed out on a cold and extremely dry note, according to a local spotter for the National Weather Service.

Jane Holtgrewe, who observes precipitation and temperatures from her rural Rosebud home for the NWS out of St. Louis, said she measured only eight-tenths of an inch of rain or snowfall melt the entire month of December.

“We had no significant rainfall, or snowfall, in the month of December,” said Holtgrewe.

She recorded a low-temperature reading of minus 2 degrees on Dec. 28. The start of 2018 was especially bitter bold with  readings of minus 9 degrees on New Year’s Day and a negative 13 on Tuesday morning.

Reports of minus 6 were received from the Bem community and in Owensville proper on Tuesday.

Holtgrewe said area where she lives north of Rosebud off Ocean Wave Road is a site which is prone to being a generally colder location — something weather forecasters have observed when they talk with her. She has been a weather spotter for the NWS for the past 20 years.

The recent cold spell is notable. The dry trend, however, can be traced back several months and is equally notable.

Holtgrewe said November’s precipitation measured only 42/100ths of an inch.

October’s figures were a little better with 2.29 inches of precipitation recorded at her site. But in September, her station recorded only 73/100ths of an inch of rainfall.

The last significant rainfall accumulation measured in the immediate area was throughout August when almost 4 inches fell.

Holtgrewe was recognized by the National Weather Service for her 20 years as a weather spotter back in October. 

“We hope that this important worth-while public service will be continued through the years,” wrote Sally A. Johnson, meteorologist in charge for the St. Louis office. “We appreciate your efforts and cooperation.”