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State Bulletin

A Record Long Winter: Persistent Cold, Snow, & Extremes

Dr. John Young, Director & Dr. Edward Hopkins, Climatologist 10 March 2014

The three meteorological winter months of December 2013-February 2014 have produced a season of persistent, intense cold and extremes that will be long remembered and impact the beginning of the spring season. Some headlines:
Persistent Cold- 50-100 year records for average cold, below normal daily temperatures, below zero days, and hours of extreme wind chill temperatures (below -20 degrees F) were common throughout Wisconsin.
Persistent Snow- Frequent fluffy snowfalls produced long periods of above normal snow coverage, 1-2 feet at the end of February, although the water content was only moderately above normal amounts.
Ice- The Great Lakes ice coverage peaked above 90% for all lakes, a modern record and one which has probably occurred only a few times in the past 100 years. River ice is unusually extensive, and ice thickness on all lakes is much greater than normal. Ground frost has penetrated to 3 feet in many counties, with deeper penetrations under local paved locations.
Spring Outlook- Abnormal cool temperatures are expected for much of March, delaying spring planting, ice break-ups and shipping. Lake temperatures should be unusually chilly throughout the season. The combination of ground frost and ice in rivers and lakes will raise the potential for flooding from spring rains.


Maps of 2014 annual temperature and precipitation data along with their departures from normal are available below.

Weather computer models and the seasonal forecasts of the NOAA Climate Prediction Center are available.

Last 24 Hours - Courtesy of NWS Sullivan

Last 7 Days (Statewide Maps) - updated by 10:30am Central Time

Precipitation (inches)Mean
Temperature (F)
Low Temperature (F)High Temperature (F)
Precipitation Departure (inches)Mean Temperature Departure (F)Low Temperature Departure (F)High Temperature Departure (F)
Precipitation Percent of Average   

Last 30 Days (Statewide Maps) - updated by 10:30am Central Time

Precipitation (inches)Mean
Temperature (F)
Low Temperature (F)High Temperature (F)
Precipitation Departure (inches)Mean Temperature Departure (F)Low Temperature Departure (F)High Temperature Departure (F)
Precipitation Percent of Average   

Last 90 Days (Statewide Maps) - updated by 10:30am Central Time

Precipitation (inches)Mean
Temperature (F)
Low Temperature (F)High Temperature (F)
Precipitation Departure (inches)Mean Temperature Departure (F)Low Temperature Departure (F)High Temperature Departure (F)
Precipitation Percent of Average   

Recent precipitation data from NOAA NWS

  • High-resolution Precipitation Maps from NOAA
    Multi-sensor Precipitation Estimates (from NWS Radar Observations
    and rain gauge data) for:

Monthly 2014 Statewide Maps -
Courtesy of Midwestern Regional Climate Center

  • Precipitation (inches) - and departures from 1981-2010 Normals

    MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec Ann
    ActualAAAAAA A A A A A A A
    DepartureDDDDDD D D D D D D D
    % of normal P P P P P P P P P P P P P

  • Mean Temperature (F) - and departures from 1981-2010 Normals

    MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec Ann
    ActualAAAAAA A A A A A A A
    DepartureDDDDDD D D D D D D D

  • Snowfall (inches) - and departures from 1981-2010 Normals

    MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
    ActualAAAAAA AAAA A A
    DepartureDDDDDD DDDD D D
    % of normal P PPPP P P P P P P P

  •  See archive of statewide monthly precipitation, temperature and snowfall maps for previous years (2001-2013)

Last 12 Months Averages

The data for these products come from the U.S. Cooperative Network, augmented by observations from NWS and FAA sites. These cooperative sites are operated by volunteer observers using approved instruments and observing techniques. Their efforts that provide sufficient data to generate these products are greatly appreciated.

  • Divisional Monthly Averages for Last 12 Months
    • Temperature (and departure from 1981-2010 normals)
      Division NW  NC  NE  WC  C  EC  SW  SC  SE 
      ActualAAAA AAAAA
      DepartureDDDD DDDDD
    • Precipitation (and departure from 1981-2010 normals)
      Division NW  NC  NE  WC  C  EC  SW  SC  SE 
      ActualAAAA AAAAA
      DepartureDDDD DDDDD
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  • See archive of statewide-averaged data  for previous years (2001-2010)

     

Wisconsin Drought Issues

  • See the section in our Water Systems page for current information on Wisconsin soil moisture and potential drought conditions.

Midwest to Global

Tables, maps, other graphics and narratives describing the climate of the Midwest, the United States and the globe over the last week to one year are available.

Record Global Temperatures in 2010 - Report from NOAA

Forecasts & Outlooks