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!
Green Bay’s high temperature will be 20 degrees colder than Fairbanks Alaska today. This temperature flip is typical that when we see very cold weather in Wisconsin. Currently the jet stream is rising in Alaska (producing milder temperatures) and is dipping in the Great Lakes (giving us the never ending cold).
Green Bay Average high and low 32°/16°
Fox 11′s Manitowoc weather camera caught an interesting celestial event. In this pre-dawn time-lapse video you can see the crescent Moon chasing Venus over Lake Michigan. Click Here to see the Video.
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!
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.