||A very warm December
for Green Bay. The average daily temperature of 28 F for the month
was 6.8 degrees above the long term average for the month. There was
a total of We conclude the year with no snow cover.
||This is the third consecutive
day of high temperatures in the 40's F (43, 44 46). All the
snow is gone in Green Bay and the Fox River is mostly open (some ice
along the shores).
||Snow depths are reported
at 3-4 inches in central Wisconsin, increasing to 6-8 inches proceeding
north and west, with a maximum of abouit 12 inches in Iron County.
||About 50-60 Bald Eagles reported
on the Mississippi River at Prairie Du Chien (wisbirdnet).
||There is still much open water
in Green Bay and there are still several Double-crested Cormorants
at the mouth of the Fox River.
||Very little snow in the City
of Green Bay, but there is enough for skiing just a short distance
north in the Town of Suamico. There is about 6 inches of snow on the
ground in northern Marinette County--perhaps a bit more north of Highway
||Water level in
Lake Michigan rose slightly in November and is now remaining steady.
It is at the same level as last year at this time. Low water levels
have caused problems for the shipping industry and for recreational
Wisconsin DNR reports
some acceptable winter sports activity in far northern Wisconsin
where as much as a foot of snow fell in the last week or so. There
is some cross country skiing in northeastern Wisconsin, but the
snow depth is a bit low in general. Northern lakes are ice-covered,
but many are still not safe for recreation. Numerous Bald Eagles
are reported in Western Wisconsin along the Mississippi River, where
the water remains open.
||Green Bay received about
0.6 inches of snow.
low temperature of +3 F this morning is the lowest temperature
of the winter to date.
The East River has refrozen as cold air sweeps
in behind the recent snow storm. The average date to freeze (and
stay frozen) over the last 13 years is Dec 5, the earliest is Nov
12, a range of 42 days. The average date for the ice to open up
(and stay open) is March 22 (over the last 18 years), for an average
ice covered period of 107 days.
around UWGB's Prairie Pond.
Green Bay received
1.8 inches of snow and also some rain
for a total of 0.96 inches of water equivalent as a large snowstorm
slid by to our north. Rhinelander received 7 inches of snow
over Dec 9/10.
||Chipmunks have been
reported out and about in the City of Green Bay, up to this date.
An approaching snowstorm will probably mean the end to their activity
||The east River ice has opened
up again due to recent warm days (35-43F over last 5 days).
Wisconsin DNR reminds
us that the muzzle loader and archery seasons are still open and
recommends that anyone recreating in areas open to hunting should
wear orange clothing as a safety measure.
Shallow ice is present on many northern lakes, but
most are not yet safe for recreatiion uses. Brule River State Forest
(Douglas County) reports up to about 7 inches of snow.
The East River is
lightly frozen over in Allouez--it may open up again if forecasted
warmer weather materializes. [see Dec 07 and 11]