The Wisconsin State Climatology Office is affiliated with the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
is to manage data for climate monitoring, to provide
climate information to Wisconsin residents and government agencies,
to develop "value-added" products for users and impact applications, and
to conduct applied
This office is a partner with Midwestern Regional Climate Center in providing climate services to the public.
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.
Short initial inquiries for data or staff assistance staff are free. More substantial efforts are covered by our Service Charge statement.
Winter maintains icy grip on Wisconsin
Below average temperatures were found across Wisconsin through the first eight weeks of meteorological winter (December through February). The statewide average temperature for this span has been nearly 7 Fahrenheit degrees below
Wind Chill Events-The unusual cold surges of this winter have caused several days of severe wind chill conditions. The Wind Chill Climatology for the North Central States [courtesy of the National Weather Service Office in La Crosse]
indicates that -35 degree F events have occurred an average of about 8 hours/winter (1 typical event per winter) at Madison and Milwaukee, with more frequent occurrences in northwestern counties.
A long-term view of past winter seasons can be found on our Winter Page. Related graphs and links may be found on the Climate Watch and Climate Impacts pages.
New! 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.
-- Understanding the essential principles.
IPCC 2007 Report -- Six years of new observations and analyses in this most authoritative scientific report..
U.S. Global Change Research Program (2009) -- Impacts and regional issues.
For additional climate-change information, see our Climate Change page.