The records keep falling

March 6th, 2014 at 3:46 am by under News, Weather

Another record to show just how cold it has been this winter may have  fallen (it’ll be a record with an asterisk at this point). Last night (Wednesday) in Green Bay the temperature dropped to -11° shortly before midnight.  Then at 3:30 am this morning the temperature plummeted to -15°.  The official numbers aren’t in yet from the National Weather Service but that if it holds that would propel us into the number one spot for number of days below -10.  Even if that isn’t the case, the record has at least been tied.  The record for most days below zero keeps growing with another 2 days added because of the negative numbers reached yesterday and this morning.  This may be the final hurrah as warmer weather moves in and sticks around for the next 7 days.  So yes it has been cold and; most of us want it to end but at least we have the distinction of making it through one of the coldest winters on record!  Feel proud!

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Record Cold Continues

March 3rd, 2014 at 11:45 am by under News, Weather

The forecast is like a “broken record” (remember those old 45s you used to put on your spindle) and this winter will be known as one that keeps breaking records.  The low this morning in Green Bay dropped to -24°-the coldest temperature in 18 years and the ninth coldest day ever recorded since we started keeping records in 1886; a span of 46,387 days.  The wind chill was -37 at one point this morning and it felt every bit of that on the weather deck.  Now that meteorological winter is over (December, January & February) it turned out to be the second coldest ever and we keep adding to the record of days below zero.  In addition, as of this morning the Great Lakes were 90.5% frozen which is the most ice-covered since 1994 when they were 90.7% iced over.  Check out the records below and think warm thoughts. (Thanks to the National Weather Service in Green Bay for official records)

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Record Cold Winter

February 28th, 2014 at 11:30 am by under News, Weather

It has been cold and I have the statistics to back it up.  In Green Bay we set 2 new records for low temperatures within 4 hours overnight.  Check out the graphics below and think Spring!

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Another cold blast to end the month

February 24th, 2014 at 11:26 am by under News, Weather

It’s cold, then getting colder and colder still.   Another Arctic Blast is impacting us this week and temperatures will be 10 to 20 degrees colder than normal.  The morning lows on Wednesday through Sunday will be below zero and if that holds true, we will set  a new record for days below zero.  Wind Chills will be between -20 to -30 on some of those days so expect wind chill advisories to be issued by the National Weather Service.  At least the snow depth won’t be affected much over the next week.  Last week’s warm temperatures dropped it from 22″ to the current 14″. Those warm days also had an impact on our ice desk.  Take a look at the clear beauty of day one stacked up against today’s picture.  Notice, however, the highly calibrated “melt-o-meter” shows the melt is only at 2″ overall.    Enjoy the day, after all it will be 16 today; the warmest this week…downright balmy!

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Winter Storm Carol snow totals

February 18th, 2014 at 3:31 am by under News, Weather

Winter Storm Carol brought a half a foot of snow to many areas on President’s Day.  The storm brought accumulating snow to the southwestern portion of our area in the morning hours, reaching Green Bay about noon.  The snow made the afternoon commute a slippery one for drivers with many run-offs and crashes.  Forecast snow totals of 4 to 6 inches held up well with Chilton in Calumet County receiving 6.5 inches of snow. Green Bay, Appleton and Oshkosh got between 5 and 6 inches of accumulation.  Now we turn warmer…for a few days.  We will probably see a high temperature above freezing today which would end a streak of 35 straight days putting it at number 9 on the top ten list. It was a very cold start to the day for Green Bay and areas to the north.  The skies cleared a bit overnight and the temperatures dropped to below zero but just to the south, clouds helped keep temps up.

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Southeast ice and snow could be historic event

February 12th, 2014 at 11:05 am by under News, Weather

The big weather story focuses on the east coast of the country as ice and snow will impact areas from Atlanta to Boston over the next 48 hours.  In Atlanta they are bracing for a “catastrophic ice event”.  These are words not only used by the Governor and other politicians but the National Weather Service in Georgia as well.  The top of their website page reads:”Winter Storm To Result In Impossible Travel Conditions With Widespread and Extended Power Outages.”  When you click on that you find the graphic below highlighting the “catastrophic ice totals” expected.  This is serious stuff folks. Check it out below.

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To see the latest radar image from the southeast go to our radar page and click on the southeast radar thumbnail on the bottom to see the latest 2 hours of radar.  Winter storm warnings are in effect for much of the east coast and ice storm warnings around and east of Atlanta.  The forecast ice and snow totals you see below is from one of the computer models that we use here at FOX 11 and it matches up closely with the National Weather Service forecast.

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Cold weekend ahead

February 7th, 2014 at 4:45 am by under News, Weather

A high pressure perched over the Ohio Valley will result in a lot of sunshine for us again today but colder than normal temperatures continue (Normal high is 26°).  Wind chills this morning will be between 20 and 30 below and a wind chill advisory is in effect until noon; something we have become accustomed to this winter.

That thick ice on Lake Winnebago is not going anywhere this weekend as temperatures for the opening of Sturgeon spearing will be frigid.  At 7 am tomorrow the temperature will be near -5 and wind chill about -15.  There is a chance of snow after noon.

We may actually get a warm up by next weekend.  After the seven day trend graphic you see below, indications are that we could see freezing or even above freezing conditions next Saturday and Sunday.

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Big snow to the south

February 5th, 2014 at 11:32 am by under News, Weather

A major winter storm continues to push into the northeast and New England after dumping impressive amounts of snow to our south and southwest.  Topeka, Kansas received a foot of snow and Indianapolis picked up a record total for the date.  The amounts you see below are preliminary totals as of 8 this morning. (Thanks to Doug Higgins for the graphics!)  Around here we’ll get cold tonight and wind chills will approach -20 tomorrow morning and Friday morning so a wind chill advisory may be issued from the National Weather Service.  Bundle up…again.

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Major winter storm stays south

February 4th, 2014 at 4:22 am by under News, Weather

We’ll see cooler than normal temperatures around here but a big winter storm has a large portion of the country under “storm watch.”  In fact the last time I counted it was up to 22 states that had a winter storm warning in effect due to snow totals expected to be 6 to 12 inches.  We may see a few flurries or light snow in the southern portion of our viewing area tonight and into tomorrow.  Counties from Milwaukee south to the Illinois border will see 1 to 3 inches with more along the Lake.

Today, we can expect increasing clouds today with a high near 20; still below normal but the warmest day we’ll see in the next seven.

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Back to the chill for Friday 01/31/14

January 31st, 2014 at 4:14 am by under News, Weather

Most of our area picked up 2 to 4 inches of snow from the fast-moving system that pushed through the area yesterday.  The burst of snow mid-day and strong winds resulted in whiteout conditions on the roads for a time. In Green Bay 2.6 inches of snow fell at the National Weather Service office.

We’re back to the deep freeze today with highs only topping out near 10 degrees and wind chills below zero all day.  If you’re traveling south tomorrow be careful.  A storm moving through the region from the southwest could bring about a half foot of snow to Chicago Saturday. Around here we may get 1 to 3 inches by tomorrow evening.

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