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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.

January 2014

Jan 31
January 2014 in Green Bay, Wisconsin was a cold month by recent standards. The temperature fell below zero for at least part of the day on 19 of the 31 days, on 3 days the temperature did not rise above zero at all, and on 27 of the 31 days the temperature did not rise above freezing. The average monthly temperature was 7.9 degrees below "normal". There were 17 inches of snowfall in Green Bay during January and there were about 15 inches of snow on the ground at month's end. Wisconsin experienced a shortage of propane due to high usage in the cold weather and many customers depending on propane for heating are reported to be at or near exhaustion of their supply.  
white pine White pine (Pinus strobus) on UW-Green Bay's Cofrin Arboretum
Jan 30
snow About 2.6 inches of snow fell in Green Bay today. A large mass of cold air that spread as far as the "deep south" in the last couple of days left many areas with traffic problems, including Atlanta, Georgia where thousands of motorists were stranded on icy highways made worse by many of the cars eventually abandoned by dangerously cold occupants.
Jan 28
Baird Creek frozen Photo of Baird Creek completely frozen, above the little "falls". Green Bay's morning low temperature was about -16° F with wind chills running -30° to -35°. Rhinelander (about 100 miles NW) reported a temperature of -22° this morning. The National Weather Service station at Green Bay reports about 14 inches of snow on the ground. Lac Vieux Desert (125 miles NNW) reports 30 inches of snow on the ground. I'll try to summarize at the end of the month. but to this date we are running about 7° F below "normal" for the month.
  Many schools closed again today.
  Yesterday's high temperature was actually +4° F, but it happened shortly after midnight and daytime temperatures were mostly in the -6° to -7° range and eventually fell to -12 before the end of the day, with wind chills about -30.
Ja rangen 27
uwgb panorama A view WNW across frozen Green Bay. The high temperature today is predicted to be about -7°F. Many schools are close today due to anticipated "wind chill" of -30-40°.
frost Frost on the window of UW-Green Bay Cofrin Library
Jan 24 On average, Green Bay's winter temperatures reach minimum in the period from Jan 12 through Jan 23, based on daily mean temperature. The "normal" lowest low and lowest high do not coincide exactly, but to the nearest degree they both should fall in this range. The lowest of the lows, -36° F, fell on Jan. 21, 1888.
Jan 23
eagle There were at least 5 eagles near the mouth of the Fox River this morning, near the small area of open water at the discharge from the Pulliam power plant (4 shown here).
CommonGoldeneye Common Goldeneye on the small area of open water near the mouth of the Fox River in Green Bay.
Jan 22 NOAA reports that 2013 was the 4th hottest year on record worldwide, although it was not so extreme in the USA (only 37th hottest). Nine of the 10 hottest years globally have fallen since 2000.
Jan 21
  Green Bay's morning low temperature was -11° F and the high temperature was 5°.
red-tailed Hawk This Red-tailed Hawk was sitting on UW-Green Bay's Mary Ann Cofrin Hall today (photo by Nancy Nabak).
Jan 20
turkey There were 8-10 wild turkeys in the trees this morning in UW-Green Bay's Cofrin Arboretum. They are a relatively recent introduction in northern Wisconsin and I still can't get used to seeing such a big bird up in the canopy. [the blue branches are just a photographic artifact of my trying to cope with the strong contrast of bright sky behind very dark trees and turkeys]
Jan 18 Green Bay's low temperature was -5° F.
Jan 14
snow Green Bay received 7.5 inches of snow with winds averaging 20+ mph and gusts in the 30's.
Jan 13
Mahon Creek We've had no significant snow since Christmas day, but there is still good snow cover--about 10 inches at the NWS station in Green Bay. The photo is of Mahon Creek in UW-Green Bay's Cofrin Arboretum.
Jan 10 Green Bay's high temperature reached 35° F, our warmest since Dec 29.
Jan 9 Green Bay's morning low temperature was -21° F, but the high rose to at least 14°, and therefore our highest temperature of the last 4 days.
Jan 8 The morning low temperature was -17° F in Green Bay and the high temperature was +6°!!
Jan 7 Green Bay's low temperature was -18° F and it is still only -10° F at about 11:00 a.m. The high temperature was -2°. The Green Bay public schools and the schools of many other locations in northern Wisconsin were closed yesterday and today because of the very cold "wind chill". The bitter cold reached far into the U.S.A. with +6° F in Atlanta Georgia, 4° in Huntsville Alabama and -1° in Asheville North Carolina.
Jan 6

Green Bay's low temperature was -17° F, but the high temperature was only -5° F. The "wind chill" has hovered in the range of -40 to -50 F, making outdoor activities dangerous.

In 2012 on this date, Green Bay's high temperature was 47° F!

Jan 4 The high temperature in Green Bay was 31° F, but a large mass of arctic air is headed our way and is predicted to bring the coldest weather since 1986.
Jan 3 The low temperature was -18° F, the lowest for the winter to date, but the temperature rose to a high of +19 and the forecast is for a high near 32 tomorrow.
Jan 2 Cold weather continues with a low temperature of -14° F.
Jan 1
The new year begins with a low temperature of -12° F in Green Bay.


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