We’ve had an Arctic Blast around here the past few days with temperatures just touching the zero mark yesterday in Green Bay. For the month of January, the average temperature is about 8 degrees below normal so if you think it has been cold this year…you were right! As a matter of fact we’ve been stuck in a very cold weather pattern all winter. This pattern has had the opposite effect to the northwest. Folks in Alaska have been enjoying mild weather due to the position of the jet stream.
Check out yesterday’s high temperatures in Alaska and compare those to the highs in the region. I’ll bet you never think of heading to Alaska to warm up. If you want to know more about this pattern and how it is looking a lot like the winters of the late 70s, Meteorologist Phil DeCastro looked into it and has a nice comparison. Those were some extremely cold winters!
It’s going to be one of the coldest playoff games ever at Lambeau Field on Sunday. The Packers take on San Francisco at 3:40 pm and an Arctic air mass will be in place so get your fleece on. At noon when you tailgate the temperature will be near 0 degrees with the game time temperature hovering around -1° and a wind chill near -20. This would put the game in the top 3 of coldest playoff games ever played at Lambeau Field. The temperature plunges during the game too. At the end of the game the temperature will be -5° with a wind chill near -30° Bundle up and Go Pack!
It was bitterly cold this morning with a low in Green Bay at -14°. That’s the coldest it has been in almost 3 years. Luckily the wind wasn’t blowing that hard but when it was we had wind chills in the area near -25°. We’ll see lots of sunshine for most of the day today and a high near 14°.
A fast-moving storm system will push through tonight and into Christmas morning giving us 2 to 3 inches of fresh snow for Christmas morning. The snow will probably start around 9 pm for Green Bay and the Fox Cities and a bit earlier to the west. Winds will be rather strong tonight out of the SSW at 10-20 mph which may result in blowing snow. Be careful if you are traveling because roads will be slick. Snow showers later in the day may even add an additional half inch to an inch. Right now there is a foot of snow on the ground in Green Bay after the 6.6″ of snow from Winter Storm Alice. Merry Christmas!
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.
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.
The little ghosts and goblins got soaked yesterday as steady rain came down during trick-or-treat hours in the entire area. This was after rain in the morning hours too. Most of the area received an inch or more of rain.
We’ll have a chance for more rain today but nothing like the past 24 hours. The best chance for showers will be this afternoon and into this evening. You may want to bring a rain poncho if you’re heading to high school football playoff games tonight. The weekend brings cooler weather with temperatures in the mid 40s.
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.
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.
It sure was a cold July weekend. The highs Saturday and Sunday were in the upper 50s to low 60s. Record cold maximum temperatures were set in many locations including Green Bay, Appleton and Oshkosh. If it felt like fall to you that’s because these temperatures are “normal” for early October!
Here’s something you don’t see every day…it was much warmer in Alaska than it was around here in July. The cold and clouds, the result of a big upper-level low pressure area spinning to the north over the weekend, brought colder than normal temperatures to much of the region. In fact the 75 degrees you see in northern Alaska is a place called Arctic Valley. Yes we were colder than Arctic Valley, Alaska!