127 years ago today (1/21/1888) Green Bay experienced its coldest temperature ever -36 degrees. This season our coldest temperature has been just -12. While -36 is cold, it’s been much colder in Northwest Wisconsin. -55 is the coldest temperature recorded in the badger state, that was set in 1996 in the village of Couderay located in Sawyer County.
Looking nationally, the coldest temperature in the continental U.S.A. was -70 in Rogers Pass, Montana.
When you include Alaska the coldest temperature is -80 at Prospect Creek Camp near the Arctic Circle.
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You may have seen the graphic yesterday on FOX’s coverage calling the Packers- Dallas game at Lambeau Sunday “Ice Bowl 2″. But how did this game stack up weather-wise with the real Ice Bowl back in 1967 when the game time temperature was -13 degrees. We look at the facts by averaging the temperatures, wind speeds and wind chill from 1967 and 2015. Notice the average temperature was 38 degrees warmer and the average wind chill was an unbelievable 55 degrees warmer than 1967. So you make the call…was it really Ice Bowl 2? (Thanks to meteorologist Phil DeCastro for these graphics) Click here for pictures of the original Ice Bowl.
Be careful this afternoon because the accumulating snow we’ll get combined with the bitterly cold temperatures will make the roads very slippery. At temperatures this low, salt is not going to melt the snow and we’ll see 2 to 4 inches of accumulation by this evening. It’ll be coming down during the afternoon commute as well so please allow yourself extra time if you must head out on the roads.
We’re right back into the deep freeze tonight with a low near -3 and wind chills near -25. Tomorrow’s high will reach zero. Things improve this weekend with the high on Game Day Sunday at 20 degrees.
Warmer air moved in overnight and winds diminished making it feel much better this morning. Our low for the day was at 10 pm last night (zero in Green Bay) but after that temperatures rose. Today’s highs will be near 30 after highs yesterday were about 20 degrees below normal. (Normal high is 34 for this time of year) The next 7 days look much better with highs reaching the mid 30s by the weekend.
Low temperatures this morning dipped down into the single digits this morning, with wind chill values ranging from -10 to -20 degrees. It was a truly frigid way to start the month.
Thankfully, the lows this morning weren’t anywhere near record values. Green Bay’s low of 5 degrees was still a full 15 degrees above the record of -11, set back in 1893.
But the cold weather wasn’t anything we haven’t become accustomed to over the course of this November, which just concluded on Sunday. It was a little bit closer to re-writing some record books.
Green Bay ended up with the 5th-coldest November on record with an average of 28.5 degrees over the course of the month. It’s about 6 degrees cooler than usual.
Thankfully it was still a few degrees warmer than the coldest November on record, which was in 1951.
And the one bit of good news about this cold snap today to start December is that it doesn’t look to continue for much longer. Temperatures should rebound to near 30 for Tuesday, and by this weekend we could be seeing highs back up into the 30s.
Winter Storm Brandy left behind 3 to 7 inches of snow in many locations. Here are the updated snow totals from Brandy as of 10 am Tuesday. How much snow did you get in your backyard? Facebook me or go to our reportit feature and send a snow total and/or pictures. Thanks to Amy from Wittenberg and Samantha from Denmark for sending us these great shots from Winter Storm Brandy. For more photos click here.
I bring it up now because we will publish a list of the area’s Christmas and holiday parades.
It seems like there’s a debate every year about the uses of those two words and which is appropriate. Over the years, we’ve received calls, emails and tweets either asking us about it or scolding us for using one or the other.
Here’s the approach we use in the newsroom: It is not up to us to name or label someone else’s event; we report on what goes on in the community.
That’s why we will refer to the parade in Appleton as a Christmas parade – that’s what the organizers call it. And that’s why we called Green Bay’s parade a “holiday” parade – that’s what the organizers called it.
It is station policy to not shy away from using the term “Christmas.” If it’s a Christmas event, we will certainly say “Christmas.” At some point, our anchors will wish you a Merry Christmas. But it’s also not up us to change what someone else is doing or how they describe their event. If you don’t like it that the Green Bay Packers, for example, call their tree a “holiday” tree, we suggest you contact them directly.
That said – Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone.
Rain totals are between an inch and two inches so far with Oshkosh, Manitowoc and Sheboygan picking up about an inch and three quarters. We’ll see more off and on rain today with a possible quarter inch to three quarters of an inch in additional accumulation by tomorrow morning. Winds will be strong today out of the north/northeast at 15 to 25 mph and gusts to 35 mph. After some showers tomorrow morning, things will dry out and we may see some sun Thursday afternoon.
We wake up to a chilly morning again today with a 7 am temperature in Green Bay of 31 degrees, the coldest of the season so far, but temperatures will rise to the mid 50s with lots of sunshine. Yesterday’s high was 58 in Green Bay and a low of 33. If you’re heading to High School football this evening, the Gametime temperature will be near 46 and by the end of the game, 42 degrees. Brrr…but beautiful for Friday night football. The weekend looks fantastic too with mostly sunny to partly sunny skies and highs in the 50s.