November 12th, 2013 at 2:40 pm by Brian Kerhin under News
Is it “Christmas” or a “holiday”?
I bring it up now because we have published a list of the area’s Christmas and holiday parades.
It seems like there’s a debate every year about the uses of those two words and which is appropriate. Over the years, we’ve received calls, emails and tweets either asking us about it or scolding us for using one or the other.
Here’s the approach we use in the newsroom: It is not up to us to name or label someone else’s event; we report on what goes on in the community.
That’s why we will refer to the parade in Appleton as a Christmas parade – that’s what the organizers call it. And that’s why we called Green Bay’s parade a “holiday” parade – that’s what the organizers called it.
It is station policy to not shy away from using the term “Christmas.” If it’s a Christmas event, we will certainly say “Christmas.” At some point, our anchors will wish you a Merry Christmas. But it’s also not up us to change what someone else is doing or how they describe their event. If you don’t like it that the Green Bay Packers, for example, call their tree a “holiday” tree, we suggest you contact them directly.
That said – Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone.
November 12th, 2013 at 9:50 am by Pete Petoniak under News, Weather
The 2013-2014 Winter Storm Names have been released continuing a more than quarter century tradition here at FOX 11. Naming snow storms started in the late 80s by former Chief Meteorologist John Chandik who used the names of local cities and towns for many years. About 10 years ago we started picking popular male and female names, the way hurricanes are named.
In case you’re wondering who picks the names…that would be me. I run it by my boss after I put the initial list together and sometimes we tweak it a bit. I try to use popular names from different decades (the social security list of names comes in handy) so that all generations get a chance to have a storm named after them. For instance Alice was popular in the 50s and 60s (and becoming popular again) and Braden in the 2000s; Joseph in the 90s. I’ve also heard from a number of people who would like to have a continuation of names into the next year so that we would see some winter storms that start with the letter “P” or “S”. Others would like me to start with “Z” and go backward. Although I didn’t do that this year, I’ll consider it for next season. Below you’ll find the names and the factors the FOX 11 meteorologists use to determine if a storm should get a name.
September 17th, 2013 at 5:19 am by Pete Petoniak under News, Weather
There’s a frost advisory in effect for areas northwest of Green Bay and the Fox Cities until 7 am. Clear skies and light winds will result in areas of widespread frost in those counties. Check the current temperatures.
Yesterday’s lows were at or below freezing for many areas “Up North” with Eagle River dropping to 29 and Rhinelander at 28.
High temperatures were also well below normal yesterday. The normal high for this time of year is 70 but Green Bay only saw a high of 60. We’ll warm up today to about where we should be and by Thursday we’ll see highs near 80 but with the warmer air comes a chance of showers and thunderstorms.
September 12th, 2013 at 6:27 am by Pete Petoniak under News, Weather
Yesterday’s high was 82° in Green Bay which is 10° above normal for this time of year. We continue a cooling trend today with a high near 71° and tomorrow’s high only 62°!
There’s a chance of showers this afternoon as an upper level low pressure area and strong winds in the upper atmosphere pass through NE Wisconsin.
Packer Game Forecast: You may need an official NFL Licensed Packer Game Day Rain Poncho on Sunday as we have a 30% chance of showers for game day.
September 5th, 2013 at 6:14 am by Pete Petoniak under News, Weather
There were big temperature differences in the area yesterday as a cold front sunk from north to south during the day. That meant cooler temps north and warmer south. In Green Bay it was 72° but in Oshkosh the high reached 81°. Check out the map below. A closer look at hourly temperatures shows that Green Bay hit that high of 72 at 11 am while Oshkosh hung on to the heat until about 3 pm before the cold front pushed to the south and brought in northeast winds.
It’s a cool morning as the kids head to the bus stop but temperatures will warm to near 73° by the time they head home.
The normal high for this time of year is 74° and we’ll be near normal with an area of high pressure bringing abundant sunshine today. A warm up to near 83 is expected tomorrow.
July 29th, 2013 at 8:55 am by Pete Petoniak under News, Weather
July 23rd, 2013 at 5:42 am by Pete Petoniak under News, Weather
Thunderstorms rumbled through the area Monday evening creating quite a light show but not much damage. Storm reports included 1.5″ hail in Summit Lake (Langlade County); 1″ hail in Bryant (Landglade County) and wind damage in Menominee county where trees were downed on Highway 55 north of County Road M. There was also 1″ hail seen in Abrams.
The same storm system produced a tornado near La Crosse. A tornado was confirmed by media and emergency management after 5 pm near Bluff Siding and was reported in Trempealeau Wildlife Refuge (Trempealeau County) at 5:20 where there were reports of a swath of trees damaged. Check out the picture of the tornado taken from Winona, MN by John Redig. The photo was posted on the National Weather Service website in La Crosse where there is much more information about the storms.
Tornado near Bluff Siding Courtesy John Redig
July 18th, 2013 at 12:26 pm by Pete Petoniak under News, Weather
The high humidity we’ve been experiencing with dew points in the mid 70s, got me wondering; “what was the highest dew point ever recorded in Green Bay?”
Officially the answer is 83° on July 30, 1999. Isn’t that unbelievable! I mean I’ve been suffering with the dew points in the 70s this week. I can’t remember that particular day but according to records it happened at 3 pm and the temperature was 96° for a heat index value of 121° (I’m assuming I was inside with the air conditioning on taking a nap which is probably why I don’t remember it)
The second place dew point temperature is 81° set on two days… July 13, 1995 when the high temperature reached a scorching 102° and the heat index topped out at 121°; and July 18, 2011 (Two years ago today) when the high temperature was 91° and the heat index reached 105°
As I said above, these are “official” statistics. If you search the internet looking for the highest dew point ever in the United States you may come upon a story that has Appleton listed as one of the top dew points with 90° on July 13, 1995. I put in a call to Jeff Last, the Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Green Bay the other day and asked him about it because it sure sounded high to me. He explained that it was indeed an “un-official” measurement because the Appleton site has a surface weather observing station called an AWOS (Automated Weather Observing System) as opposed to an ASOS (Automated Surface Observing System) for Green Bay. The ASOS is maintained and calibrated more often and is official National Weather Service equipment. The AWOS information is used for records at times by the NWS but when the data is compared to other nearby sites and deemed unreliable then it is not considered official. The 90° dew point is probably much too high for that particular day and time especially considering the dew point in Green Bay at that time (5pm) was 79°.
Now that sure was a long-winded explanation but unlike the weather this week, I don’t think it’s just a lot of hot air.
The Highest Dew Points in Green Bay
July 2nd, 2013 at 11:47 am by Pete Petoniak under News, Weather
It was a hot Independence Day last year – 95° and almost a record! This year we can expect more normal temperatures. Right now it looks like a 30% chance of showers Thursday otherwise partly sunny skies and a high near 78°. Although the humidity levels will be creeping up a bit, the dewpoints should stay around 58° which is not that bad.
At Fireworks time temperature will be near 70° with partly cloudy skies.