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. http://spotthestation.nasa.gov/sightings/index.cfm#.UwjIOz-a-fY
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.