Doug Higgins

Some relief from the cold in February

January 30th, 2014 at 10:50 am by under Weather

Our average high temperature warms from 25 degrees to 33 by the end of the month.  I know, that doesn’t exactly make my frozen toes feel any warmer.

If temperatures did warm up in February, how warm can it get?

The highest temperature for first 10 days of the month is 56° set in 1925.

From the 11th to the 20th the highest temperature on record is 58° set in 1999.

From the 21st through leap year the highest temperature recorded (and the highest temperature ever in February) is 61° set in 2000.

So when can we expect our first big thaw?  It’s not in the 7-Day forecast or the 8-14 day forecast.  Beyond that, we can only wait and see.   Feb1





Ingredients are here for severe storms later today

May 31st, 2013 at 10:09 am by under Weather


There is a slight risk (area in yellow) for severe storms from Green Bay, through the Fox Cities, and into Southern Wisconsin.  The primary threat from storms today will be large hail and damaging winds.

Scattered thunderstorms will develop early this afternoon (1pm) in Southwest Wisconsin.  These storms will race north into parts of NE Wisconsin today. 

The ingredients for severe weather include a strong jet stream and warm air at 4 thousand feet moving from Iowa into Wisconsin.  The jet and warm air will cause lift creating the storms.

The storm will also feed off of high humidity that is located on top of us.  We just need more sunshine to warm the air for the atmosphere to become conducive for severe storms. 

The Fox11 weather team will keep a close eye on our skies today, stay tuned!


Updated Marathon Forecast

May 18th, 2013 at 6:28 am by under Weather


We’ll see partly sunny skies to start the marathon and half marathon Sunday but skies will become mostly sunny with winds out of south and southeast at 10-15 mph. 

If you’re taking part in the 5K on today at 8:30, expect mostly cloudy skies and 54 degrees with southeast winds at 10 mph. We’ll keep you updated and Good Luck!

Drowning danger high for area rivers

April 19th, 2013 at 9:24 am by under Weather

The threat for drowning is high with rivers running fast and cold across NE Wisconsin.  Remind your children to stay away from these rivers; they are not a good place to play.

Precipitation amounts will be light Friday, and dry Saturday and the first half of Sunday.  This is good news as we won’t add much runoff to area rivers, so don’t expect any big changes in water levels through the weekend. 

Half of the rivers in NE Wisconsin are below flood stage, the other half are near their banks.  The Fox River in Berlin is the only one reported in flood stage.  The Fox River in Berlin is expected to rise slightly today before slowly falling Monday

Fox River Berlin

Snowstorm headed for the Great Lakes Thursday

December 16th, 2012 at 10:24 am by under Weather

While it’s still may days away, weather forecasting tools called computer models are indicating a big storm for the Great Lakes this Thursday.  The storm will have abundant moisture, a strong low pressure system, and lots of wind.  These conditions along with cold air on the back side of the storm will produce large amounts of snow. 

If the storms stay on track  parts of Wisconsin could see 8 to 12 inches of snow.  Heavy snow would have a major impact on holiday travelers by both car and air Thursday and Friday.

We are closely monitoring this potent storm so check back to and Fox 11 News for the latest forecast.

The maps below show the position of Blizzard Allison on the left, and the forecast for Thursday’s storm on the right.  While not quite as strong or large as Allison, Thursday’s storm has the eastern half of Wisconsin under the sweet spot for heaviest possible snowfall!       


It’s official, I’m one of those crazy dog people

November 9th, 2012 at 11:56 am by under Uncategorized, Weather

Yes, I can now be grouped in with the “crazy dog” people.  Phoebe, our Pembroke Welsh Corgi just turned 1 year old.  My step daughter Sarah made her a doggie birthday cake (mostly peanut butter and carrots).  My wife added the party hat, while I was happily snapping pictures the entire time. 

  I’ve been a dog enthusiast from way back.  But when my Labrador Retriever passed I tried going without a dog.  I thought that some new carpeting would be nice.  No dog hair would mean a cleaner house, and I’d save money on dog sitters.  Looking back now those were some silly ideas.  2 weeks of being dog-less and I was suffering from “empty nest syndrome”, or as my wife simply put it I was “freaking out”.  I really missed the pitter patter of paws, the sloppy kisses, the constantly wagging tail, even the fur that coated my work suits.  I found a home with no dog is a truly empty place.  Now my wife was not ready for another dog (she was still missing our Lab).  So I played dirtiest of tricks and emailed her a picture of a new litter of Corgi puppies.  My underhanded email worked and the next day we were in agreement, we are getting a puppy!

  We visited Phoebe and the rest of the puppies once a week as they grew from gerbil looking things into miniature Corgi’s.  At around 6 weeks the puppies ears started popping up into the traditional Corgi pose ^ ^ and we were so proud of our little pup.  New Year’s Day is when our family became complete again and Phoebe came home.  It’s been a doggie love affair ever since.

  Phoebe (aka “The Phoeb’s”…. aka “Fuzzy Butt”….. aka “Big Ears” aka….. aka “My Little Girl”) is a smart dog and loves her toys and chewing the stuffing out of them.  Tug-of-war is a game she always wants to play, and when she does, she makes a most ferocious growl.  I think it’s her way of acting bigger than the 18 pounds she sports.  But her favorite activity of all is catching Frisbees.  She can’t jump very high but she is quite a speedster and catches most of the disks thrown her way.   Although Phoebe like us a lot, I’ve noticed a disturbing trend lately, she seems lonely.  I think she needs a little brother or sister to keep her company.  It may be time to reach into my bag of tricks and email some puppy pictures to Carol.  When it comes to dogs I don’t fight fair.  ;-)

  If you are looking for some companionship I highly recommend dogs, though cats are nice too.  This link will help you search for you perfect pup or kitty from shelters across Wisconsin and the U.S.  If you have not had an animal before I encourage you to go to a shelter and ask lots of question about what you need to do as an owner.  If a dog fits into your life I highly recommend getting one.  There are a lot brown eyed fuzzy wiggle butts waiting for a forever home!    

Why is Sandy being called a “Super Storm”?

October 27th, 2012 at 11:19 am by under Weather

Why is Sandy being called a “Super Storm”?  Well, it’s certainly not for its wind speeds.  Forecasters use the Saffir Simpson scale as a measure of hurricane winds.  The scale starts at a Category 1 storm with winds of 74 mph increasing to a Category 5 storm with winds of greater than 156 mph.  As of 10 am Saturday Sandy is just barely a Category 1 storm with winds of 74 mph.  The forecast has winds continuing in the 70 mph range as it makes landfall sometime Monday night or Tuesday morning.


The factor that makes this storm super is its size.  By merging with a winter storm Sandy will affect the entire eastern seaboard.  Many large cities will be at a virtual standstill as long as the storm continues to blow.  Here are the 4 main factors that will make this storm one for the history books:


  1. Coastal Flooding.  Costal areas of Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, and New York will be affected by storm surge, now forecast at 4-8 feet.
  2.  Power Outages:  High winds will be widespread across New England.  Winds will average 50 mph with gusts over 70 mph- this will break tree limbs and take down power lines.  The scale of this event (roughly from Vermont to Virginia) will keep some people in the dark for a number of days, maybe even a week.
  3. Heavy Mountain Snow:  Moisture, cold air, and this powerful storm will combine to dump 1-2 feet of snow in high elevations.  Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania will be hardest hit.  Besides affecting travel this heavy wet snow will down trees and power lines creating more power outages. 
  4. Flooding Rainfall:  The leading edge of Sandy will produce heavy flooding rainfall with 4-6” of rain forecast with isolated 8” amounts possible.  Flooding could stretch from Virginia to Vermont.


The path and strength of Sandy will continue to challenge forecasters, so go to the National Hurricane Center for the latest storm track.  This site from the National Weather Service in Virginia is also very handy for information on Sandy.  Click here for flight delays; there will be a lot of them starting Sunday night! 

A strong storm is moving our way this weekend

October 10th, 2012 at 9:58 am by under Weather

A strong fall storm system will move into the Midwest on Saturday.  This storm has the potential to produce heavy rain in NE Wisconsin with computer models indicating maximum rain amounts of 1-2”.  Along with the heavy rain, there will be thunderstorms with this system.  The Storm Prediction Center has highlighted a slight risk for severe weather in Southwestern Wisconsin, Southeastern Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois.  Some storms in the risk area could contain damaging winds and isolated tornadoes.  The Meteorologists at Fox 11 are keeping a close eye on this storm.  Stay tuned for further updates as we get closer to the weekend.

Damaging winds and tornadoes possible in New England

September 8th, 2012 at 9:42 am by under Weather

The northeastern U.S. will be under the gun for severe weather today.  The Storm Prediction Center has much of the area under a moderate threat for severe storms.  The primary threat will be from a long lived damaging wind storm called a Derecho, as well as a few Tornadoes.  Simply defined a derecho is a storm that produces winds of 58 mph or greater for over 240 miles. For a lot more information on derechos Click Here.

Click Here to track thunderstorms using  interactive radar.

Click Here for storm watches and storm reports.

Severe drought expands into southern Wisconsin

July 12th, 2012 at 12:25 pm by under Weather

Southern Wisconsin has been upgraded to Severe Drought Levels.  The cities of Madison and Milwaukee are in the severe drought zone.  When experiencing Severe Drought water levels in rivers will be low, wells may dry up, crops loss is likely, and the fire danger is very high. 

Moderate drought has pushed north into Green Lake, Fond du Lac and Waushara counties.


Abnormally dry conditions have moved north of Green Bay into southern Oconto and southern Door Counties.


While there is some rain in the forecast this weekend it won’t be enough to alleviate the dry/drought conditions across the state.