||Observation (Click on links for photos)
||A total of 3.3 inches
of snow for the month of December 2002 in Green Bay. Over the
last 30 years Green Bay has averaged 12.7 inches of snow in December.
Most of the state has little to no snow cover on the ground at the
end of the year.
||Green Bay received 2.6
inches of snow today.
||The Fox River is iced over
at the Highway 172
bridge and south
of the DePere Dam (Gary Fewless).
||Still no snow cover in Brown
County and none forecast for the near future. Here's a view
of the City of Green Bay area from Scray's Hill (Gary Fewless).
The Green Bay area has
had warm temperatures over the last several days (high temperature
on 8 of the last 9 days falling between 37 and 49F) and we have
also had about 1/2 inch of rain. The Fox River, which was largely
ice-covered at the Highway 172 bridge, is now completely open. The
East River and the ponds
at UWGB are still ice-covered, but the ice is thin and it
is covered with a layer of water (Gary Fewless).
We have had about 0.2 inches of snow in December
to date and there is
no snow cover on the ground.
Wisconsin DNR reports
that the late "T zone" harvest of antlerless deer
(Dec 12-15) recorded 2658 deer taken, for a total t zone harvest
of 30,334. The number is lower than that for last year, but is not
easily comparable, because the area of the t zone hunt is not the
same each year.
Wisconsin DNR reports
that most of Wisconsin is snow-free, with some exceptions
in the far north and Door County. Northern counties report that
Snowshow Hares have turned white.
WIDNR also reports that ice depth on lakes is
highly variable, ranging from 0 to 6 inches (to 10 inches in
far north). People are urged to use caution and expect that ice
depth may be variable, even on different areas of the same lake.
There are still reports
of the Brant (an unusual goose for our area) in the Depere
and Green Bay areas near the Fox River. High temperature of 46F.
This insect was
flying on the UWGB campus today. It is the
same insect shown in our "photo of the week"
in November 2000.
A high temperature of
47F in Green Bay. Average high temperature for this date is
31 and the record high temp is 51.
The warm weather has brought out a true bug
(Hemiptera) on the sidewalk (Matt Welter) Neville Public Museum.
With the onset of the recent coldspell, cedar
waxwings have established their winter flock near between the
railroad track and the veteran's park, Broadway District, Green
Bay (Matt Welter).
There were several other reports of (unnamed)
insects flying today in the City of Green Bay.
Much of lower Green Bay
is ice-covered. The mouth
of the Fox River remains open and attracts numerous Canada Geese
and various ducks, including Common Mergansers and Lesser Scaup
(the last shown in the linked photo).
Last year the high temperature on this date was
WIDNR reports that approximately
10% fewer deer were harvested during this year's gun deer season
as compared to last year's hunt. Among the early returns of information
is one deer testing positive for CWD in Grant County, adjacent to
the area already known to be infected. A correction from early reports
lists the number of deer submitted for sampling as 36,000.
Sports enthusiasts are reminded that although many
lakes are now ice-covered, none are likely to be safe for vehicles
and even those venturing out on foot should exercise caution. There
is no snow cover in the Green Bay area and generally thin cover
elsewhere, except in the far north and in a few areas along Lake
Michigan where lake effect snows fell recently.
||Today's low temperature
of 3 F is the lowest of the winter, and is about 13 degrees below
average for this date. Last year (a very mild winter) the low temperature
on Dec 3 was 34 F! (Gary Fewless).
The Wisconsin gun
deer season ended yesterday. License sales were only about 10%
below last year's level and therefore much better than predicted,
as game managers feared that concerns over CWD (chronic wasting
disease) would dramatically reduce the number of hunters. The number
of deer taken by hunters is not yet known, but appears to be lower
than last year. Results from tests of about 32,000 deer will provide
insight into the prevalence and distribution of CWD in Wisconsin.