MADISON LAKES ICE SUMMARY

State Climatology Office


 

MENDOTA

MONONA

WINGRA

THIS YEAR 2005-06

Date lake froze

19 Dec

8 Dec

25 Nov,  3 Dec

Date lake opened

24 Mar

12 Mar

28 Nov, 14 Mar

Duration, days

95

94

104

LAST YEAR 2004-05

Date lake froze

25 Dec

24 Dec

14 Dec

Date lake opened

5 Apr

31 Mar

3 Apr

Duration, days

101

97

110

MEDIAN DATES AND DURATION OF ICE COVER

Median Freeze Date

20 Dec

15 Dec

29 Nov

Median Opening Date

5 Apr

31 Mar

25 Mar

Median Duration, days

105

104

116

RECORD DATES FOR LAKE TO FREEZE

Earliest Freeze Date

23 Nov 1880

22 Nov 1880

2 Nov 1913

   Second Earliest

25 Nov 1857

23 Nov 1857

5 Nov 1991

Latest Freeze Date

30 Jan 1932

30 Jan 1932

29 Dec 1877

   Second Latest

14 Jan 1890, 2000

14 Jan 1890, 2000

24 Dec 2001

RECORD DATES FOR LAKE TO OPEN

Earliest Opening Date

27 Feb 1998

26 Feb 2002

26 Feb 1998

   Second Earliest

7 Mar 2000

27 Feb 1998

2 Mar 1882

Latest Opening Date

6 May 1857

4 May 1857

29 Apr 1881

   Second Latest

3 May 1881

1 May 1881

19 Apr 1975

RECORDS FOR DURATION OF ICE COVER, NUMBER OF DAYS AND SEASON

Shortest Duration

21, 2001–02

49, 1997–98

70, 1877–78

   Second Shortest

47, 1997–98

52, 1999–00

77, 1999–00

Longest Duration

161, 1880–81

160, 1880–81

164, 1880–81

   Second Longest

151, 1856–57

151, 1856–57

145, 1887–88

RECORDS FOR DURATION OF ICE COVER, NUMBER OF DAYS AND SEASON

Range of Seasons

1852/53-2005/06

1851/52-2005/06

1877/78-2005/06

Number of closings

152

153

68

Number of openings

152

152

69

Number of durations

151

152

55

Long-term variation in ice duration on Lake Mendota

Lake Mendota Ice Records

Long-term variation in ice duration on Lake Monona

Lake Monona Ice Records

 Long-term variation in ice duration on Lake Wingra

Archive of seasonal summaries:
 
2001-2002 2002-2003

2003-2004

2004-2005

2005-2006

2006-2007 2007-2008      

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