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Observations by Gary Fewless for Green Bay WI (Lat.N 44.51° Long. W 88.02° ), except as noted. For flowers lacking conspicuous petals or sepals I define "anthesis" as release of pollen by mature anthers.

November 2011 Mouse-over the photo for the identity of the subjectwhite oak, Nov. 1, 2011

Nov 30

Patchy ice is forming on southern Green Bay, after a night in which temperatures were below freezing from 8 p.m.last night until after 11 a.m. this morning and reached a low temperature of 21° F. That is our lowest temperature of the season to date. We can safely say autumn is over and winter has begun, the calendar notwithstanding.

Temperatures as low as 10° F were reported farther north, Rhinelander 10, Eagle River 12, Florence 15.

ice on bay
Nov 29
The over-night low temperature was 27° F. Winds are consistently 15-20 mph this morning.

UWGB's Prairie Pond is now frozen over completely and probably will remain so until spring. The soil surface is frozen where it is bare or only lightly covered by vegetation.
prairiePond ice
Nov 28

Northeastern Wisconsin has no persisting snow on the ground, though there has been a trace of snow in some areas in the last week and some areas have had up to 8 inches of snow on Nov 10th, and another snowfall of several inches on Nov 20.

Green Bay's high temperature was 32° F.

Nov 26 Green Bay received 0.27 inches of rain today.
Nov 25 The ice cover is off UW-Green Bay's Prairie Pond again. Daily high temperature of 53° F.
Nov 23
Over much of Wisconsin Canada Geese are seen infrequently and often at considerable altitude. One of the many great opportunities in the Green Bay area is the presence of large numbers of Canada Geese from early spring until the Bay freezes over in winter, often at close range. Here's a photo of part of a flock that flew directly over the Kress Events Center this morning. Canada Geese Canada Goose
Nov 17

A thin dusting of powdery snow in Green Bay this morning between about 8 and 9 a.m. The high temperature of 33° F is our coldest high temperature of the season to date and the low of 24° F was our lowest daily low temperature of the season.

Prairie Pond on UW-Green Bay's Cofrin Arboretum was frozen this morning after a cold night with temperatures falling to 28° F by1 a.m. and staying there until about 9 a.m. The ice was made more conspicuous by the light dusting of snow mentioned above. There was also ice along the southern edge of Green Bay this morning.bayshore ice

I saw three more whitetail bucks this morning, out on roadways where I have not been seeing any in months.

A Northern Shrike was observed on the UW-Green Bay campus today. Also Bohemian Waxwings (and Cedar Waxwings) on campus (Tom Erdman).

Nov 16 The breeding season "rut" of whitetail deer has been in progrees for some time, but there was an abrupt increase in activity beginning today.
Nov 15
Another mild day with early morning low of 34° F and rising to 47° by noon. The yellow leaves in the photo are of Norway maple (Acer platanoides), and the green leaves below are of showy bush honeysuckle (Lonicera X bella), both species are alien invaders in our local woods and both keep leaves deep into the Fall. Norway maple
Nov 14 Another mild day in Green Bay with the temperature reaching 50° F by 3 p.m. There were many ducks on Green Bay this morning, as seen here off the shore of UWGB. ducks on Green Bay ducks on GB
Nov 13 A very mild day today with a high temperature of 54° F. Even more remarkable is the low temperature of 47° compared to the "normal" low of 27° for this date. Green Bay received 0.08 inches of rain today.
Nov 12 Green Bay's high temperature reached 55° F today. The "normal" high is 44°. Many Canada Geese flying in the Green Bay area.
Nov 10

There was a thin layer of ice on Prairie Pond at UW-Green Bay this morning, which was a bit surprising since the weather hasn't seemed very cold and the over-night low only fell to 31° F briefly. With warmer weather forecast, the ice will undoubtedly melt quickly [it did melt]. Most of yesterday's snow has melted this morning. The last ice on this pond last spring was April 9.

Laona, 100 miles north received 8.3 inches of snow today. [which quickly melted by the 13th]

new ice
Nov 09

A winter storm entered our area this morning, with rain south of Green Bay and changing through sleet to snow moving to the north. At 9:00 a.m. Green Bay was getting sleet, and higher water in the south end of Green Bay flooded coastal marshes.

The temperature has fallen from 39° F at midnight to 32° at 11:00 a.m. and the GB weather service reports light snow. After about 2:30 the snow was consistent at UWGB. Green Bay received 2.0 inches of snow and the larges amount I found was 8.9 inches of snow at Rhinelander (about 100 miles NW of GB), a record for the date. Green Bay received 1.7 inches of water (rain and snow melted) which was also a record for this date.

storm on Green Baymarsh flooding

Nov 07
In northeastern Wisconsin, the leaves are down for the year, including most needles of tamaracks (Larix laricina; yellow-brown in foreground) as here in Forest County.
Nov 04 Green Bay's morning low temperature of 27° F produced abundant frost, as in the photos below from UW-Green Bay's Cofrin Arboretum. Laona, 80 miles NNW reported 24° F.
frost frost frost
Nov 01

Light mist in the morning in Green Bay and temperature into the mid-40's.

A very unusual early snowstorm struck the northeastern United States during the last days of Oct 2011, with snow depths over 2 feet in places and the greatest snowfall I have seen in reports was 32 inches in a Massachusetts community.

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