MADISON LAKES ICE SUMMARY

Wisconsin State Climatology Office


 

MENDOTA

MONONA

WINGRA

THIS YEAR 2014-15

Date lake froze

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2 Dec

14 Nov

Date lake opened

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16 Dec

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Duration, days

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14

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LAST YEAR 2013-14

Date lake froze

16 Dec

10 Dec

27 Nov

Date lake opened

12 Apr

10 Apr

9 Apr

Duration, days

 117

121

  133

MEDIAN DATES AND DURATION OF ICE COVER

Median Freeze Date

20 Dec

15 Dec

29 Nov

Median Opening Date

4 Apr

30 Mar

25 Mar

Median Duration, days

105

104

115

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

20 Jan 2007

18 Jan 2007

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

1852/53-2012/13

1851/52-2012/13

1877/78-2012/13

Number of closings

159

160

76

Number of openings

159

159

76

Number of durations

158

159

62

Long-term variation in ice duration on Lake Mendota
(figure)

Lake Mendota Ice Records
(table)

Long-term variation in ice duration on Lake Monona
(figure)

Lake Monona Ice Records
(table)

 Long-term variation in ice duration on Lake Wingra
(figure)

Archive of seasonal summaries:
2001-2002 2002-2003

2003-2004

2004-2005

2005-2006

2006-2007 2007-2008 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011
2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014
 

How ice-in, ice-out dates are determined for Madison Lakes

Link to Freezing Degree Day Climatology for Madison

Return to: [Madison Climate Page] [State Climatology Homepage]

Latest revision: 17 December 2014

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