February 14th, 2014 at 11:02 am by Doug Higgins 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
February 8th, 2014 at 8:27 pm by Doug Higgins 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
February 5th, 2014 at 2:06 am by Doug Higgins 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.
February 1st, 2014 at 9:32 am by Doug Higgins 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.
January 31st, 2014 at 11:02 am by Doug Higgins 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°
January 30th, 2014 at 10:50 am by Doug Higgins 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.
May 31st, 2013 at 10:09 am by Doug Higgins 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!
May 18th, 2013 at 6:28 am by Doug Higgins 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!
April 19th, 2013 at 9:24 am by Doug Higgins 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
December 16th, 2012 at 10:24 am by Doug Higgins 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 Fox11online.com 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!