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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 2015
Green Bay shoreline from UWGB

Jan 31
  Green Bay's average monthly temperature was 17.5° F, which is 0.9° above the modern average. Precipitation (as water equivalent) was 0.56 inches which was about half of "normal" for the month. There was 8.8 inches of snow.
Jan 23
I photographed this "wooly bear" caterpillar out and about today on a board walk along the East River trail in Bellevue, Brown County. The temperature at the time was about 30° F and he was very sluggish, but alive. GF
Jan 15
  During the previous 11 days (Jan. 4 through 14) The temperature remained continuously below freezing and in fact 10 of the 11 days fell below zero for the low temperature. Throughout this period there were strong winds producing "chill factor" tempertures of -20 to -35° F. GF
Jan 8
  Green Bay received 3.1 inches of new snow today. GF
Jan 5
Green Bay's morning low temperature was -12° F and the winds are consistently 12 to 18 m.p.h. with stronger gusts, bringing "chill factors" of -25 to -35 m.p.h. At 2:00 p.m. the temperature is still -1° F. The cold air is predicted to stay for the next 3-5 days. GF
Jan 4

Another view of our new snow, this time from Green Isle Park in Allouez, looking at the foot bridge over the East River. We received another 0.8 inches of snow today. A large mass of cold air slid into our area from the north, and the temperature fell all day to reach the daily low of -7° F shortly before midnight. GF

Jan 3
Green Bay received 2.0 inches of snow today, bringing our first snow cover since about Dec 22. The photo is of the East River north of the Allouez Ave. bridge, in town of Bellevue. Yesterday this ice was completely snow-free and a perfect skating surface (though only one skater that we saw). The water along the near edge is also new today and was apparently forced up as the snow increased the weight of the ice. GF
Jan 2
Here's a photo from UW-Green Bay's Cofrin Arboretum, to illustrate the lack of snow cover in the Green Bay area. GF
This Red-tailed Hawk came down on the mowed lawn along one of UWGB's campus roads, to catch a small rodent. It was much more approachable than it would have been if it wasn't hungry. If you look closely you can see a small rodent in its beak as it flew away. GF
Jan 1
January began in Green Bay with a low temperature of 14° F, a high of 26° and trace of snow, but virtually no snow cover on the ground. Snow cover has been essentially 0 since Dec 22 (see photo for tomorows entry for an example). GF

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