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The ups and downs of this winter in GIF form

This winter has been everything from warm, cold, beautiful, dreary, to just plain strange in every way. To look at it so far, we take a recap of the winter in an equally odd way.

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First of all, a quick lesson in computers. A GIF ( as seen above) is an electronic image file type, standing for Graphics Interchange Format. (Fun fact: The GIF acronym pronunciation is currently in a heated debate across the internet. Its creator pronounces it “jif” while many talking heads on the interwebs say it should be pronounced “gif” because of the g standing for graphics. It’s a silly debate.) GIFs are unique in that they support animation without audio, making it easy to share small video clips. In this blog, we’re looking at our reactions from each week of weather with entertaining pieces of media brought to us in GIF form.

Let’s take a look at the historical weather information for each week since November 27, 2016. We are using information from the Ohio University Airport as compiled by Weather Underground, the nearest location to the Ohio Ag Net and Ohio’s Country Journal corporate office in Columbus. Temperatures are noted in Fahrenheit. Actual temps are first with deviation from average noted as plus or minus degrees. Example: +3° Max Dev Avg means the maximum temperature recorded on the day noted was 3 degrees warmer than the historical average. Weekly differences from the week before are noted as Max and Min Week Chng.

Yes, far too much work was put into this blog post. Enjoy.

Sunday, November 27, 2016
Max Temperature: 48°F
Max Deviation From Average: +3°
Min Temperautre: 27°F
Min Deviation From Average: -3°

“Alright, It looks like business as usual for this time of year.”

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December 4, 2016
Max Temp: 41°F
Max Dev Avg: -1°
Max Week Chng: -7°
Min Temp: 33°F
Min Dev Avg: +4
Min Week Chng: +6°

“Just on the edge of too cold for it to be warm and too warm for it to be freezing.”

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December 11, 2016
Max Temp: 35°F
Max Dev Avg: +5°
Max Week Chng: -6°
Min Temp: 24°F
Min Dev Avg: +3°
Min Week Chng: -9°

“The chill starts to set in.”

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December 18, 2016
Max Temp: 33°F
Max Dev Avg: -3°
Max Week Chng: -2°
Min Temp: 19°F
Min Dev Avg: -4°
Min Week Chng: -5°

“Looks like winter is here to stay, folks!”

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December 25, 2016
Max Temp: 46°F
Max Dev Avg: +12°
Max Week Chng: +13°
Min Temp: 35°F
Min Dev Avg: +14°
Min Week Chng: +16°

“I spoke too soon. Is that sweat?”

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January 1, 2017
Max Temp: 46°F
Max Dev Avg: +10°
Max Week Chng: None
Min Temp: 28°F
Min Dev Avg: +5°
Min Week Chng: -7°

“What a great start to the new year!”

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January 8, 2017
Max Temp: 17°F
Max Dev Avg: -18°
Max Week Chng: -29°
Min Temp: 7°F
Min Dev Avg: -14°
Min Week Chng: -21°

“Then out of nowhere, it hits you like a wall.”

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January 15, 2017
Max Temp: 35°F
Max Dev Avg: +3°
Max Week Chng: +18°
Min Temp: 28°F
Min Dev Avg: +11°
Min Week Chng: +21°

“Alright, we’ve been expecting this winter. Might as well get used to it.”

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January 22, 2017
Max Temp: 63°F
Max Dev Avg: +31°
Max Week Chng: +28°
Min Temp: 44°F
Min Dev Avg: +27°
Min Week Chng: +16°

“I guess I spoke too soon again. Are people wearing shorts?”

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January 29, 2017
Max Temp: 33°F
Max Dev Avg: -1°
Max Week Chng: -30°
Min Temp: 27°F
Min Dev Avg: +8°
Min Week Chng: -17°

“Temperatures sink lower once again. Can’t say I’m surprised.”

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February 5, 2017
Max Temp: 48°F
Max Dev Avg: +11°
Max Week Chng: +15°
Min Temp: 30°F
Min Dev Avg: +8°
Min Week Chng: +3°

“Wait, it’s warm again!? Hot dog!”

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February 12, 2017
Max Temp: 57°F
Max Dev Avg: +19°
Max Week Chng: +9°
Min Temp: 34°F
Min Dev Avg: 11°
Min Week Chng: +4°

“And they said winter would be hard as a dairy farmer in Ohio.”

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February 19, 2017
Max Temp: 57°F
Max Dev Avg: +18°
Max Week Chng: 0
Min Temp: 39°F
Min Dev Avg: +15°
Min Week Chng: +5°

“Not sure what the future holds. But right now isn’t too bad.”

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Author: Joel Penhorwood

Joel is a recent graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in agricultural communication. While at OSU, Joel was heavily involved in Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, serving as president for two years. The club won the Ed Johnson Outstanding Student Organization Award during his tenure.
Penhorwood got his start in radio at WPKO/WBLL “The Peak of Ohio” in Bellefontaine before being starting with OCJ and OAN as an intern in the fall of 2013. In addition to his work with the OCJ and OAN, he stays busy on his family’s small hay, crop and livestock farm in Logan County, which he helps to operate alongside his brothers.

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