||Observation (Click on links for photos)
and Robins return; local Canada geese
very active for the first time this year, Manitowoc County, Town
of Cooperstown (Joel Trick).
Leap year day (leap day?). High temperature of 50°
F in Green Bay is the warmest since November 30. Conspicuous
decrease in snowcover.
Multicolored Asian Ladybird Beetles
were active outdoors today, City of Green Bay (Mike Draney).
Flocks of Red-winged
Blackbirds return to the Green Bay area, along with Starlings,
Cowbirds, Grackles, Robins and Killdeer, Allouez and City of Green
Sand Hill Cranes, Calumet
County (Katie Hemauer).
Brown County (Katie Hemauer).
Some flower buds of silver
maple are beginning to swell in the Green Bay area.
For the last 3-4 days there have been cautious reports
of small numbers of singing Red-winged Blackbirds in southern Wisconsin
and a few reports of Sandhill Cranes too.
The earliest skunk
cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) plants are in
flower (anthesis), Brown County. These are the earliest plants
on spring-fed sites that don't freeze. Plants on less favorable
sites may not flower for several weeks. There is still about 6 inches
of heavy, wet snow on the ground on UWGB, but the high temperature
has been above freezing since the 18th so it is melting steadily,
and mid-30's to low 40's are predicted through the weekend (28th-29th).
Dense fog in the Green Bay area in the morning.
||Today's high temperature
of 37 F and low of 33 resulted in the first day that did not fall
below freezing since Dec 28 (low of 36) and only the 3rd day that
did not fall below freezing since November 22.
out and about on UWGB (Bob Howe). High temperature of 37 F in Green
Bay today (and yesterday too) and some melting of snow.
We received 3.1 inches of snow in Green Bay since
the 19th and enough rain and sleet to produce a total of 0.78 inches
of precipitation (total rain and snow as water).
||Over the last week or so singing
Cardinals have become conspicuous in the City of Green Bay.
Today's high temperature
of 40° F in Green Bay is the first day that rose above
freezing since Jan 12th (37 days) and it is the highest temperature
since December 30th. The high temperature of 48 F in Wausau tied
the record for this date.
Chipmunks out and about, Pensaukee (Tom Erdman).
Winter is still in force,
but if averages count for anything it is nearing its end. On average
the main snow cover is off the ground in Green Bay by the end of
the first week in March--about 3 weeks from now. Of course if you
live in Wisconsin you know that the melting of the winter snow does
not mean we will not have more new snow in March. Last year we received
7 inches of new snow in the first 8 days of March and another 2.1
inches before the end of the month. In 2002 we received 17.1 inches
of snow in March. Still, there is reason to
hope and if it doesn't work out the skiing should be good.
||Green Bay has not been
above freezing for the last 35 days, since January 12th (although
the high temperature did reach 32 F twice during that time). Rhinelander
has not been above freezing since January 3rd.
||This morning's low temperature
of -13 F is the 16th day of zero or below this winter.
||Snow cover is 14 inches in
Green Bay . The peak was 15 inches on Feb 7.
||Wisconsin DNR reports that
2003 produced the third largest deer harvest--a total of 483,000
deer. The estimate before the Fall deer season placed the total number
of deer in Wisconsin at 1.4 million, so there are still nearly 1 million
deer left at the end of the year. The extremely high deer population
is put in perspective by noting that the second highest harvest was
in 1999 and the highest in 2000. Fear over chronic wasting disease
(CWD) reduced the number of hunters and the harvest in 2002.
||Green Bay received 7.8
inches of snow last night and this morning. Snow was heavier to
the south and lighter to the north--Rhinelander received only 1 inch.
Winter sports enthusiasts are taking advantage of the best snow conditions
of the winter.
water level in Lake Michigan was up
about 2.5 inches in January 2004, compared to January 2003. That is
still about 1.6 feet below the long-term average.
January was a fairly
cold month in Green Bay. The temperature did not rise above
freezing from Jan 17 (when the high reached 32° F) through the
end of the month. January 22 was arguably the coldest day, when
the daily high temperature was 0° F. Eleven days fell
below 0 for the low temperature and the lowest temperature was
-14 F. There was a total of 16.3 inches of snow.