Doug Higgins

Hot today, scattered storms Sunday

May 31st, 2014 at 4:29 pm by under Weather

Abundant sunshine pushed Saturday’s temperatures to the warmest so far this year.  Green Bay hit 86 degrees.  Even warmer weather hit the western portion of Wisconsin with La Crosse hitting 90 degrees.

Humidity levels will start to increase overnight, that will make for a sticky day Sunday.

A few waves of storms will move though the area the next 48 hours.  The first wave will hit Sunday morning, the second Sunday afternoon, and the third Sunday night into Monday morning.

The Storm Prediction Center has the risk for severe storms with wind, hail, and tornadoes well west of Wisconsin.

We will see lightning, and at times heavy rainfall.  If you have outdoor plans Sunday, be prepared for an occasion soaker to move through.

For the latest updates on your weather check out Fox 11 News tonight after Major League Baseball.

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Severe Storms Possible Sunday Afternoon/Evening

May 10th, 2014 at 9:48 am by under Weather

Parts of NE Wisconsin are under a slight risk for severe thunderstorms Sunday afternoon/evening.  Counties in the Fox 11 viewing area under the risk are Winnebago, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, and Waushara.

The main risk from these storms will be large hail and damaging winds.  A warm front will trigger thunderstorms Sunday late afternoon/ early evening.

These storms will originate in Iowa and Illinois and move northeast into Wisconsin.  Stormy weather is expected to continue Sunday night and into Monday.  Much of NE Wisconsin is under a slight risk for severe storms Monday.

Click Here for the latest severe weather outlooks from the Storm Prediction Center.

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Warmer weather could bring strong storms to Wisconsin

May 4th, 2014 at 10:50 am by under Weather

Spring warmth (70s) may bring severe thunderstorms to parts of Wisconsin this week.

The Storm Prediction Center has highlighted Southwest Wisconsin for a risk for severe weather on Day 5, (D5 is the secret government code for Thursday).  On Monday it will be D4, Tuesday D3……

While NE Wisconsin is not in the highlighted area, we could also have severe storms; at this point large hail will be the most likely threat.

What do you need to do now?  Make sure you have a weather radio; it acts like a personal tornado siren for severe weather.  Weather radios are an inexpensive way to save your life when damaging weather moves in; every family should have one.  If you already have a weather radio, make sure it has new batteries inside.

Also, let your family know that storms Thursday could be severe.  By planting that seed of information people will pay closer attention to the weather.  At Fox 11 we don’t want anyone caught off guard by life threatening storms.

For the latest weather information tune into Good Day Wisconsin 5-9am and Fox 11 News @ 5pm and 9pm.  And of course you can get weather information 24/7 here at Fox11online.com

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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).

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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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