This has been the warmest
January on record for many if not all parts of Wisconsin.
In Green Bay the average high temperature was 35.5° F, compared
to the long term average of 24.1 for this date. The average low
temperature was even more remarkable at 25.6 compared to the long-term
average of 7.1. That is a difference of 18.5° higher than average!!
Green Bay received 2 inches of snow in January compared to the average
of 13.9 inches.
Another measure of the warm weather in January is heating degree
days (HDD). This January in Green Bay the HDD total was 1060, about
69% of the average for the month of 1537.
(1.3 inches) that began last night continued through mid-day today
with enough depth to cover the ground and standing
vegetation in most places, but mild temperatures are forecast
so it may not remain for long.
Eastern Chipmunk out and about, Oconto County, Pensaukee
People have been reporting that the frost is out of the ground
in many places. The rain over the last couple of days was probably
a factor in the thawing.
Green Bay received 0.51 inches of rain today including about
0.2 inches of snow that continued well into the next day (Jan 30th).
If the 1.05 inches of rain over the last two days had fallen as
snow it would have been an impressive storm.
||Green Bay received 0.54 inches of rain,
high temperature of 40° F, low of 25. Feels like spring.
Green Bay's high temperature of 51° F is a new record
for this date. Bare soil is muddy on many sites. This has been a
remarkably warm month and it may well become the warmest January
The warm weather was widespread. Madeline Island reported a high
temperature of 51° F, Superior and Ironwood Michigan 50 and
Clam Lake 49.
6:30 pm, I saw a leaf-footed bug (Heteroptera: Coreidae)
walking on the sidewalk outside of the UWGB Lab Sciences building.
That's the earliest I've ever seen these outdoors (Mike Draney).
||The temperature has not been below zero
the entire month of January. If the temperatures remain above zero
for the next seven days, this would an unusual happening, Oconto Falls
||High temperatures in mid 30's F today. The
mouth of the Fox River and lower Green Bay are ice
free although there is still ice along the shore line to either
side of the mouth. Since Dec 22, the daily high temperatures have
all been at or above 32 except for one (the high on Jan 6 was 29 F).
Temperatures have been roughly 15 degrees above average during this
||Today is the first significant period of
sunny weather in Green Bay since about Christmas.
Warm, wet and foggy weather continues in the Green Bay area. While
walking my dog last night I found several live earth worms on
the road! I should have expected this since the top layer of
soil in the cleared field has been thawed since Sunday (Jan 1).
Tom Erdman also reports earthworms out on UWGB campus this evening.
Where the snow has melted, white clover can be found with green,
healthy leaves. Many green, living (but mostly dormant) plants can
be seen even in the middle of our winter, if you look carefully.
Since Dec 23 the weather in Green Bay has been remarkable uniform.
has not risen above 38°F nor fallen below 28° and it has
been overcast almost without interruption during this period. Our
daily low temperatures have been consistently above the average
high for those dates. Light rain, mist and fog have been
frequent and today the fog persists (until 2 pm now with no sign
of change). In the City of Green Bay most
snow is gone on level open sites, though some remains where
it was drifted, piled or shaded.
Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk
cabbage) has been noted emerging from the soil in springy
sites, and also Caltha palustris (marsh marigold), City of
Green Bay (Charlie Fisk). Both of these species normally emerge
and flower in early spring, but they get confusing signals when
we have prolonged periods above freezing in mid-winter. Symplocarpus
is very tolerant of these mistakes, but Caltha plants emerging
in winter will die (at least the exposed tips of stems) when temperatures
return to normal.