February 14th, 2014 at 11:02 am by Doug Higgins under Weather
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
February 12th, 2014 at 11:05 am by Pete Petoniak 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.
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.
February 8th, 2014 at 8:27 pm by Doug Higgins under Weather
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
February 7th, 2014 at 4:45 am by Pete Petoniak 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.
February 5th, 2014 at 11:32 am by Pete Petoniak under News, Weather
February 5th, 2014 at 2:06 am by Doug Higgins under Weather
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.
February 1st, 2014 at 9:32 am by Doug Higgins under Weather
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.
January 31st, 2014 at 11:02 am by Doug Higgins under Weather
The average temperature in January for Green Bay was just 8.7 degrees. That ranks as the 17th coldest January on record, and the 3rd coldest in the last 30 years!
The warmest temperature was 39°; and the coldest was a bone chilling -21°.
We had 19 days where the temperature dipped below zero!
Snowfall was 4.4″ above normal, with an even 17″ falling.
Here are the top 3 coldest Januaries in Green Bay:
#1. 1921…… Average temperature -1.1°
#2. 1977….. Average temperature 3.1°
#3 1888….. Average temperature 5.2°
January 31st, 2014 at 4:14 am by Pete Petoniak 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.