||Heavy frost in the Green Bay area this morning
with temperatures in low 20's. UWGB Cofrin Arboretum's
prairie pond is still frozen--perhaps for the duration
||Prairie Pond is frozen, UWGB.
||Today is the last day of the Wisconsin (gun)
Ice melted on prairie pond (UWGB).
A winter storm bypassed Brown County, but deposited up to 9
inches of snow in northern Wisconsin.
Warmer temperatures today deposited some melt water on top of the
ice on prairie pond (UWGB).
A pair of Bald Eagles
were noted along the Green Bay shore on the UWGB Cofrin Arboretum.
There are still a few plants flowering in protected spaces, including
Berteroa incana (hoary alyssum) (UWGB).
||The low temperature of 16° F this morning
is the coldest of the season so far. Thin ice formed on UWGB's
||Unseasonably warm weather today. Green Bay's
high temperature was 61° F (record high is 67). In spite
of the very cold temps on Nov. 11 and 12 there are still some flowering
plants to be seen. During a brief walk I saw several weedy species
still in flower, including Sinapsis arvensis (charlock),
(hoary alyssum) and Erysimum cheiranthoides ( worm-seed
mustard). I also saw a few plants of Thlaspi arvense (field
pennycress), ordinarily a spring flowering species. All four are
in the mustard family, Brassicaceae.
||I saw about 150 Tundra Swans today
at Peshtigo Harbor, Marinette County and there are other reports from
several locations along Green Bay's west shore. WISBIRDNET reports
a flock of 6,000 - 10,000 Tundra Swans on the Mississippi River near
Even after the recent very cold temperatures some plants still
have green leaves. One prominent example is the invasive species
You can find more photos and information about Rhamnus chathartica
and other invasive plants at our
invasive species site.
UWGB praire pond is ice-free again.
Canada geese are now visiting the fields in Allouez along
the East River in large numbers--at least 300-400 together. Last
year this level of feeding began Oct 04, but this is the first time
we have seen the large flocks this year.
||Green Bay's temperature fell to 20° F
this morning, our lowest temperature of the season so far.
UWGB's prairie pond
is completely frozen over this morning (we had a little ice
around the edges Nov 8).
||The high temperature in Green Bay was 39
F today and it fell rapidly as the sun started to go down. By 7:00
p.m. we had hard frost on the grass in Allouez and the temperature
fell to 23 F by midnight.
||Wis DNR reports that the deer rut is at
about peak now. Many people report near collisions with deer on
||Prairie pond has a little ice around the
||Snow flurries were reported widely
in northern Wisconsin today (e.g. Rhinelander).
||The weather remains relatively mild, but
we have clearly moved from the green season into a season of browns
and grays. The paired
photos show the same site on Sep 14 when the goldenrods were
near peak, and again on Nov 5.
||Last weekend's 4 day special hunting season
recorded approximately 64,500 deer killed. Last year's pre-hunting
season deer herd was estimated at about 1.3 million deer, so 64,500
is roughly 5% of the total herd. The traditional gun deer season begins
Nov 20. [late note: the Wis DNR estimates the 2004 deer herd at 1.7
||Wis DNR reports the deer herd is entering
the active breeding period--an especially dangerous time for deer/auto
Temperatures for October were about 2.6 °F above average and
precipitation was about 3.71 inches (1.54 inches above average).