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.
The record-breaking cold ends today and a warmer weekend is ahead. Strong southwest winds will bring warmer air into the area overnight causing the temperature to rise to near 32 by 6am.
Record cold highs yesterday and record lows today were achieved in many locations and today will mark 10 straight November days below freezing and that’s a new record.
Is it “Christmas” or a “holiday”?
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.
It was a chilly morning Thursday with temperatures reaching their lowest so far this season in Green Bay at 33°. It was 27° in Oconto! It’ll be another cold one tomorrow morning and a frost advisory is in effect from 1 am to 8 am for the central and southern part of our viewing area. Cover those plants or bring them inside if you want to save them.
Winds were really blowing yesterday with peak wind gusts near 40 mph in many locations. Today will be less windy with sustained winds of 10 to 15 mph this afternoon out of the west/northwest. Make sure the kids are bundled up for school as we have a frosty start to the morning.
The normal high for today is 60° but temperatures will only top out in the low to mid 50s through the weekend. We’ll see lots of sunshine though!
There’s no lunar eclipse this morning, although the moon was certainly bright last night. Did you see the great pictures we got from viewers of the eclipse from yesterday morning? Check it out in our photo gallery.
The NFL has made its first flex scheduling change of the season.
On Oct. 12 – week 6 – the game between the Chicago Bears and Atlanta Falcons has been moved to the 3:25pm national spot on Fox. The game between the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills has been moved to the noon spot, and will be aired on Fox.
The Green Bay Packers game at the Miami Dolphins at noon on Fox has not been changed.
Fox 11′s game assignments for that week have not been made, but it is a doubleheader Sunday for us. Chances are, we will be airing the Bears/Falcons – but, as noted, that has not been finalized.
As I explained in my preseason blog on the NFL on TV rules, the league and networks have loosened the restrictions about all NFC games airing on Fox and all AFC games airing on CBS. In this case, moving the Patriots/Bills to Fox gives both networks four games in the early timeslot.
Also, this is the first time the league has used the new option to flex a game before Week 11. Starting this year, two games between weeks 5-10 and can be moved around. This move means there can be one other Sunday shift in games through Nov. 9. Starting in Week 11, games can be moved each week.