Doug Higgins

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.



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.


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 


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


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, 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°



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!