||Observation (Click on links for photos)
||October ended with a total
of 1.05 inches of precipitation. That is 1.12 inches below average
for the month. The temperature was about average (0.6 degrees
||Over 1000 sandhill cranes
reported at Navarino Wildlife Area (wisbirdnet).
||Wisconsin DNR reports that
the Whitetail Deer "rut" has begun and reminds everyone
that the potential for car/deer collisions is even higher now
||Many plants still flowering
in the Brown County area, as in this charlock
mustard (Brassica kaber), on UWGB's Cofrin Arboretum.
(Gentianopsis procera) still flowering, Door County.
The seeds of common
milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) are at the peak of their
annual dispersal in the Green Bay area.
mane mushrooms (Coprinus sp.) are conspicuous on
UWGB's Cofrin Arboretum.
||The very low water levels
of Lake Michigan have exposed
large areas of lakebed on Green Bay. With the water levels falling
and 16 days left in October, the current level of about 577 feet is
within about 7 inches of the record low level of 576.44 for October,
set in 1964. Before that the water level had not been below 577 ft
in October since 1936. The record low for any month was 576.05 ft.
in March 1964.
||Wis DNR reports leaf fall
is occurring rapidly in northern Wisconsin and Fall colors are at
about peak in most of the southern portion of the state.
are turning quickly in the Green Bay
area. Although there are differences from one location to the next,
in general the ashes are all past peak and either brown or falling.
Paper birches (Betula papyrifera) and apens (Populus
spp.) are yellow and sugar
maple (Acer saccharum)
is in good color, mostly yellow this year, rather than the characteristic
orange. Most of the oaks (Quercus spp.) are just beginning
to change color, with some
red and white oaks showing strong red coloration.
||Warm temperatures continue
(77F). The leaves have turned color very quickly since
about the 7th. North of Green Bay the leaves are at about their best,
and north of U.S. Highway 8 they are past peak and falling conspicuously.
||This is the third consectutive
day of very warm temperatures in Green Bay--78F today.
of 80F (the record for today is 83). There are still many plant
species in flower, including many asters (Aster), a
few goldenrods (Solidago) and greater
fringed gentians (Gentianopsis crinita).
| Oct 07
||Unseasonably warm at 73F and
a great Fall day. The Multicolored
Asian Lady Beetles are out in great numbers.
at my feeders, Elton, Langlade County (Steve Janke).
This mornings low temperature of 24F in Green
Bay is yet another landmark low for the season (the record low for
this date is 21F and the long term average low temperature for the
date is 42)
have been coming to the fields along the East River in Allouez for
a couple of weeks, but the numbers are clearly much greater now, with
500+ geese present regularly in morning and evening in the field near
||A low temperature of 26F
is the lowest of the season so far in Green Bay. Today was my first
episode of scraping frost from my windshield (not my favorite
phenology item). A few snow flakes reported around the City of Green
Bay. Temperatures for the last 5 days have been running about 10-15
degrees F below average for this time of year.
creeper (Parthenocissus vitacea) has mostly turned
a conspicuous reddish color on the UWGB campus.
Snow reported in northeastern
Wisconsin and the upper peninsula of Michigan.