||Observation (Click on links for photos)
||Here's the daily
high and low temperatures for this winter so far and
the longterm average highs and lows, Nov 1 thru Jan 31. There was
a total of 12 inches of snow for the month (another several
inches that fell after midnight will count toward February's total.
The total for the entire winter so far is 13.8 inches at the
Green Bay weather station.
||The water level of
Lake Michigan was expected to fall dramatically this winter due to
warm temperatures and the lack of ice cover on the lake. However,
as of Jan 29 the water level has only fallen about 0.4 feet (4.8 inches)
since the end of September. The water level is actually about 8.5
inches higher than last year at this time.
||A skunk was out and
about on UWGB today. The colder weather moving in should put an end
to the unusual sightings of the last few days.
The high temperature
of 46 F is a new record for this date. The previous record
of 45 was set in 1944. There is still some snow where it was piled
up and in shady sites, but most open areas are snow free.
There are still 26 Tundra Swans along Green
Bay's west shore in Oconto County (Tom Erdman). Although one or
two winter stragglers have been spotted there over the years, a
flock of this size overwintering here is unheard of.
A report of an unknown frog in a flowing
spring on UWGB.
An unseasonably warm
day with high temperature of 45 F in Green Bay. Many people out
walking and jogging and even a few on motorcycles.
Two Double-crested Cormorants reported at
the mouth of the Fox River and two (immature) Black-crowned Night
Herons north of the Depere Dam (Ida Bauman via Wisbirdnet).
Midges flying in deciduous woods in southern Brown
There is still a Double-crested
Cormorant near the mouth of the Fox River (from Wisbirdnet).
Presumably this is the same bird that has been here all winter.
Another individual has been reported overwintering in the Fox Cities
A couple of reports of Skunks out and about
in Door (Jan 21) and Brown County (Jan 24) (Pete Wolter).
First report of a Redtailed
Hawk on nest in Green Bay (Wisbirdnet).
WI DNR reports some Black Bears temporarily
out of hibernation in northern Wisconsin.
||High temperature of 38. Streets
are mostly clear and dry in Green Bay.
||Todays high temperature of
44 F is 21 degrees above the average for this date. The little snow
we had is rapidly melting. The grass of even well-kept lawns is showing
through the snow in Green Bay.
||A warming trend since the
morning of the19th. This is a slow period for plant and animal phenology
observations. It's a good time of year to have backyard bird feeders.
Check out our "photo of the week" for photos of a Short-tailed
||A low temperature of -6 F
yesterday was the coldest day of the winter so far, and this morning
was a close second at -5. Only a dusting of snow in the last few days.
Warmer air is approaching, so it appears to be a brief cold period.
of 4 F in Green Bay is the coldest temperature of this winter
so far (the average low for today is 5 F).
Mild weather continues
in spite of a little new snow. WI DNR still is reporting unsafe
ice conditions in the south and even in northern WI the ice is unpredictable
and there are reports of thin ice, in some cases with water or slush
on top. There are virtually no cars or trucks on the ice and even
snowmobiles and walkers are cautious. Some reports of ice shanties
being removed from lakes due to recent warm weather and deteriorating
Another 3.4 inches of
snow fell yesterday. The total for the entire winter in Green
Bay is 6.3 inches. By my estimation northern Door County has about
5-6 inches of snow on the ground. Sturgeon
Bay has only a little ice at the edges.
have persisted since about the 4th of January. Note that there have
been only 4 days since Nov 20 for which the low temperature was
below the average for that date, and then by only a single degree
in each case. You can also see on the graph that we have nearly
reached the low point of the annual temperature cycle. The average
high and low for Green Bay go no lower than todays values of 22
and 5 F respectively. The daylight reaches its minimum about Dec
21 each year, but the temperature lags behind by about a month.
If we disregard fractional degrees, the average high temperatures
begin to rise Jan 20 and the lows on Jan 26. Shouldn't that be some
kind of holiday?
||Snow began yesterday and
continued today for a total of 1.1 inches at Green Bay.
||The mild weather feels more
like early March. There is not a trace of snow left in the Green Bay
area, unless you really hunt for places where it was piled up in shady
spots. The water at the mouth of the Fox River is open to Cat Island
and Lone Tree Island.
Unless you want to ski,
this is about as nice
a January day as you could wish for. As of 2 pm,
the National Weather Service in Green Bay is reporting
52 degrees! Marinette 55! The previous GB record high
for this date was 49F.
Some colder nights in late December and the first
few days of January helped to establish ice cover over most inland
lakes, but many are still not safe to drive or even walk on. The
current warming trend will make the risk even higher. WIDNR reports
"dozens" of instances of snowmobilers and ATV users going
through the ice, including two fatalities.
Winter sports are still severely limited in Wisconsin,
except in the Lake Superior "snow belt". There are reports
that pressure on ski and snowmobile trails is very heavy in Michigan's
upper peninsula where there is more snow.
Report of a flock of
250-300 Robins in Columbia County (wisbirdnet). Several people
have reported spring-like behavior in local birds, singing cardinals,
etc., plus red-tail hawks have been checking out nest sites.
High temperature of 40 F and low of 21 (record
high was 43 in 1949). The averages are 23 and 6 respectively. The
forecast for tomorrow is low to mid 40's, but the record is 49.
||Warmer weather and perhaps
winds of recent days have resulted in large open areas in the ice-cover
in Green Bay (Tom Erdman).
The ground is nearly
free of snow in many places throughout Wisconsin, except for
the Lake Superior snow belt.
There are still large flocks of Canada Geese
in the Horicon Marsh area, seen flying overhead and feeding in fields
adjacent to Hiway 151 (Gary Fewless). Tens of thousands of geese
were reported in the marshes at Horicon yesterday (wisbirdnet).
There were 6 Trumpeter
Swans sighted on the Wolf River at Shawano, and 2 Mute swans
||A single Double-crested
Cormorant is still being seen at the mouth of the Fox River (wisbirdnet).
||Single digit cold again this morning
and heavy frost.
Most of Green Bay is
now frozen over and even most of the slower reaches of the Fox River
are frozen, although there is a little open water at the mouth.
Click here for the view
from the mouth of the Fox River (tip of Longtail Point at right
in distance) or here for the Fox
R at Main St. Tom Erdman reports birds on the water of Green
Bay at Pensaukee 12/31, but today is frozen.
About 200 Bohemian Waxwings reported near Chute
Pond area of Oconto County (John Woodcock via wisbirdnet).