Wisconsin State Climatology Office
 John Young, Director & Professor Emeritus
Your climate information resource for Wisconsin
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The Wisconsin State Climatology Office is affiliated  with the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Our mission is to:

  • manage data for climate monitoring,
  • provide climate information to Wisconsin residents, climate scientists and government agencies,
  • develop "value-added" products for users and impact applications,
  • conduct applied climate research.

Detailed annual summaries are found on the AASC web site.

This office is a partner with Midwestern Regional Climate Center in providing climate services to the public.
Collaborations with Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) research on climate impacts are now underway.

If you would like assistance finding the climate data you want, visit our Guide to Wisconsin Weather and Climate Data.
The office staff is currently an all-volunteer operation.
Short initial inquiries for data or staff assistance staff are free. More substantial efforts are covered by our Service Charge statement.

Remembering June 2008 floods in southwest Wisconsin

Ten years ago this month of June torrential rains fell across southwestern Wisconsin, with some locations receiving more than nine inches of rain on 7 and 8 June 2008. This rain resulted in rapid runoff and river rises that created flooding along with extensive damage at Lake Delton, Gays Mills and Rock Springs. Three people were killed.
Storm reports, rainfall totals and hydrographs along area streams are provided by the La Crosse Office of the National Weather Service.
Pictures of the flooding and a description of the state's response are available from the Wisconsin Emergency Management.

Wisconsin Climate Services Summit Meeting Held 6-7 June 2018

A first-time Wisconsin meeting of State, Federal, University, & Tribal providers and users.
An information & networking opportunity for 49 invited representatives from 21 organizations:

Five State of Wisconsin Governmental Departments:

Natural Resources Agriculture, Trade, & Consumer Protection
Health Services Emergency Management Administration

Six Federal Agencies:
National Weather Service National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
U.S. Department of Agriculture U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. Geological Survey National Park Service

Three University of Wisconsin-Madison Groups:
State Climatology Office U.W. Extension Applied Climate Researchers

Three Tribal Groups
Lac du Flambeau Menominee Oneida

Two Regional Planning, Energy, Climate Representatives

Two Conservation Groups

Meeting Objectives
  • Identify climate services needs or gaps within the state
  • Build increased awareness of existing climate tools, data, individuals and expertise
  • Identify opportunities to seek out additional resources
  • Enable climate service providers to better coordinate and collaborate
Held at Pyle Center on Lake Mendota at University of Wisconsin-Madison

Local Co-Host: SCO Director Prof. John A. Young jayoung@wisc.edu
Local Co-Organizer: Rebecca Power, U.W. Extension, North Central Region Water Network

Climate Change

Global Climate Variability & Warming Trend: 2018 Update -- A set of slides from Jan 2018 NOAA/NASA briefing on "Annual Global Analysis for 2017"

The Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4) "Climate Science Special Report" , the most up to date and "final form" for Volume 1 of NCA4.
Report of the National Climate Assessment for the Midwest

IPCC Report: Climate Change 2013  - Six years of new observations and analyses in this most authoritative scientific report. Physical Science Conclusions released in September 2013.  

The American Meteorological Society (AMS) posted an Information Statement on Climate Change on 20 Aug 2012.

Climate Literacy -- Understanding the essential principles.

U.S. Global Change Research Program -- Impacts and regional issues

For additional climate-change information, see our Climate Change page.

To Contact Us: Wisconsin State Climatology Office
1225 W. Dayton St.
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: 608–263–2374
Fax: 608–262–0166
Email: STCLIM@aos.wisc.edu