Doug Higgins

Heavy rainfall hits the valley, more rain is on the way

April 13th, 2014 at 10:28 am by under Weather

Heavy rain and thunderstorms brought flooding to parts of NE Wisconsin Saturday.

Rain amounts were impressive from Wautoma through Oshkosh and east to Manitowoc with 2 to 3” falling in that area.

Down burst winds even damaged a school roof in Cleveland, WI.

More rain and thunderstorms are on the way this afternoon / evening, so watch out for more localized flooding.

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A much needed thaw this weekend

March 29th, 2014 at 10:54 am by under Weather

Dry and sunny weather will make for a truly spring like weekend.

Snow piles will start to shrink as highs reach into the low 40s today.

South winds will push Sunday’s high into the low 50s.  While 50s won’t be a record breaker (Sunday’s record is 73°) it will be above normal.

Monday will also be above normal with mid 50′s in the forecast.  Temperatures the rest of next week end up below normal, so enjoy what warmth we have this weekend.

Click Here for the  7-Day Forecast.

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Escape the cold and go to Alaska

February 27th, 2014 at 11:13 am by under Weather

Green Bay’s high temperature will be 20 degrees colder than Fairbanks Alaska today.  This temperature flip is typical that when we see very cold weather in Wisconsin.  Currently the jet stream is rising in Alaska (producing milder temperatures) and is dipping in the Great Lakes (giving us the never ending cold).

Green Bay Average high and low 32°/16°

Fairbanks average high and low 17°/-10°AK VS GB

 


The Moon is chasing Venus over Lake Michigan

February 26th, 2014 at 11:19 am by under Weather

Fox 11′s Manitowoc weather camera caught an interesting celestial event.  In this pre-dawn time-lapse video you can see the crescent Moon chasing Venus over Lake Michigan.  Click Here to see the Video.

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International Space Station moves across our sky tonight

February 22nd, 2014 at 10:07 am by under Weather

Tonight will be a good time to check out the International Space Station.  It will float overhead at 6:45 pm.  Skies should be clear and the ISS will be visible for about 4 minute.  Just look northwest and it will appear like a bright moving star moving ESE.  No need for a telescope, as you can see it with your eyes.  Binoculars can also help you zoom in to it.  If you missed the fly-by tonight click the link for more times to see it.  http://spotthestation.nasa.gov/sightings/index.cfm#.UwjIOz-a-fY

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More ice than water on the Great Lakes

February 14th, 2014 at 11:02 am by under Weather

The ice continues to pileup on the Great Lakes.  For the entire Great Lakes the average ice cover is 88.4%.  The record is 94.7% set in 1979.

Lake Michigan is 81% ice covered.  That’s not to say you can walk across the lake, it’s just a satellite estimate of ice cover on the water.  It doesn’t indicate how thick the ice is or if it’s in sheets or small chunks floating in the water.

For more information on the history of ice cover on the Great Lakes Click Here.

For current ice cover for Lake Michigan and the entire Great Lakes, Click Here 

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Below zero temperatures keep adding up

February 8th, 2014 at 8:27 pm by under Weather

Green Bay’s temperature hit -10° this morning.  This was the 36th time the mercury has dipped below zero this season.

We are now tied for 12th most below zero days in history (the other year this happened was 1970/71).

There are 2 more days with below zero temperatures in the forecast, so we will likely move up to 10th most below zero days.

There is some good news here, we are expecting warmer temperatures by the end of next week.

Top 12 most below zero temperatures in Green Bay History:

#1 48 days    1976/77

#2 tie 45 days    1958/59 and 1962/63

#4 tie 41 days    1903/04 and 1978/79

#6 tie 40 days    1886/87, 1911/12, 1916,17

#8 tie 39 days    1887/88 and 1917/18

#10 tie 37 days    1919/20 and 2008/09

#12 tie 36 days    1970/71 and 20013/14

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Looking at flight delays can be miserable

February 5th, 2014 at 2:06 am by under Weather

A strong winter storm is hitting the east coast.  I was curious what airports were impacted, so I went to the Federal Aviation Administration web site.  At 11:15 am their map of major northeast airports had just Philadelphia with delays.  PHL’s delays were averaging one hour and fifteen minutes.  I found this very surprising; just one airport having problems as the northeast was getting pounded with rain, snow, and ice.

Compare the FAA website to Flightaware’s Misery map.  The major New York airports (Newark, John F. Kennedy, and LaGuardia) had 16 delays and 71 cancellations.  I would consider that a big problem.   The misery index rotated around a full 270 degrees, that’s pretty high!  If you’re looking at flight information this this a great site to go.

Obviously check your airline for specific information on your exact flight.   But if you find yourself delayed, flightaware.com will let you know how miserable you should be.

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February outlook has more of the same

February 1st, 2014 at 9:32 am by under Weather

The Climate Prediction Center Issued an updated February outlook.  Temperatures are expected to stay below normal in Wisconsin.

What is normal you ask?  The normal high temperature on Feb. 1st is 25 degrees in Green Bay; by the end of the month the normal high warms to 33 degrees.

There is not much information on precipitation as the CPC has Wisconsin under an “EC” or equal chance of above or below normal precipitation.

The 8-14 day outlook has better information with Wisconsin expecting above normal precipitation; so don’t put away your shovels yet.  FebtempsFebprecip

 

 


January cold but not a record breaker

January 31st, 2014 at 11:02 am by under Weather

The average temperature in January for Green Bay was just 8.7 degrees.  That ranks as the 17th coldest January on record, and the 3rd coldest in the last 30 years!

The warmest temperature was 39°; and the coldest was a bone chilling -21°.

We had 19 days where the temperature dipped below zero!

Snowfall was 4.4″ above normal, with an even 17″ falling.

Here are the top 3 coldest Januaries in Green Bay:

#1. 1921…… Average temperature -1.1°

#2. 1977….. Average temperature 3.1°

#3 1888….. Average temperature 5.2°