||Observation (Click on links for photos)
We are currently in the
midst of our first substantial snow of the winter, by my standards
at least. Area forecasters are predicting 4-7 inches, Green Bay
(Gary Fewless). [we got 5.4 inches]gf
Total snowfall for the month was 9.6 inches.
The average snowfall for January is 13.9 inches.
Total snowfall for the winter so far is 15.6
inches compared to the average of 32.1.
||There is still a large area
of open water at the mouth of
the Fox River, City of Green Bay. Numerous geese and ducks are
attracted to the area (Gary Fewless).
||Low precipitation and high
evaporation are contributing to a continued decline in the
water level of Lake Michigan. The level is down about 0.3
ft in January and is now about 0.5 ft below the level of January last
||This mornings low temperature
of -10F is the coldest to date in Green Bay.
||New low temperature for the
winter of -7F, Green Bay (Gary Fewless).
||We received 0.4 inches of
snow, but the winter total to date is over 20 inches below the average,
Green Bay (Gary Fewless).
This morning's low temperature
of -4 is our lowest temperature of the winter to date, Green
Bay (Gary Fewless).
Northeastern Wisconsin is essentially snow free,
as shown in this photo of the Lake
Michigan shoreline in Door County (Gary Fewless).
||Coming back from a cold snap
weekend, black ice has formed over the Fox river. Finches singing.
Neville Public Museum (Matt Welter).
||Very little snow on the ground
as shown here at Marinette County,
Cauldron Falls area where the ground is essentially snow-free
in sites open to the sun (Gary Fewless).
||Yesterday's high temperature
of 49F was a record for that date (previous record 43!). There is
a large area of open water at
the mouth of the Fox River (Gary Fewless).
A second day of unseasonably
warm weather has melted most of the little snow we had (high temperature
of 41 yesterday). The ground is basically snow-free
at UWGB, although the ponds remain frozen. Even most of
northern Wisconsin is reporting no more than 2-3 inches of snow
and many areas are essentially snow-free(Gary Fewless).
The warm weather has also resulted in thinner
ice than usual and 5 people have drowned on Wisconsin lakes
in the last week or so. The WIDNR urges extreme caution.
The water level of
Lake Michigan (and Green Bay) normally rises and falls about
1 foot over the course of each year, reaching a peak in about July
and a low point in February. The decline this year was about 70%
greater than the long term average for the period of July-Dec (15.5
inches versus 9 inches). The December water level is only about
4 inches above the December level of 2001, the year in which Lake
Michigan later reached the lowest water level in over 30 years.
Lack of ice cover on the lake and warmer winter temperatures increase
the loss of water through evaporation, and precipitation in the
Lake Michigan Basin in 2002 was about 2 inches (6%) lower than the
long term annual average.
About 225,000 Canada Geese (not a typo) reported
from the Christmas bird count (Jan 4) on Green Lake!! (wisbirdnet).
The high temperature for today was 41F (the
record high is 44) and the low was 27, compared to the averages
of 24 and 6 respectively.
||Green Bay received a total
of about 1.5 inches of snow on Saturday and Sunday.
||It seems to me that there
are more Canade Geese than usual this winter in the Green Bay Area
(Gary Fewless). Canada Geese
at the mouth of the Fox River.
Cormorants have been reported in the Fox River below the Depere
December 2002 temperatures
were a little above average. See the attached graph
of Green Bay high and low temperatures for 2002 and the
long term average highs and lows. Both highs and lows were above
average every day after the 9th.