...WISCONSIN WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2001...A YEAR OF EXTREMES...

JAN 29-30...ICE STORM WEST-CENTRAL TO NORTHEAST COUNTIES. ICE
THICKNESS 1/4 TO 3/4 INCH.

FEB 11-12...UPSON /IRON CO./ TEMPERATURE DROPS TO -29 BOTH DAYS.

FEB 24-25...HEAVY SNOW NORTHEAST DOUGLAS COUNTY...20 INCHES.

APRIL 1-18...NEAR RECORD RIVER FLOODING ALONG MISSISSIPPI RIVER DUE
TO RAINS AND SNOW-MELT.  6.5 MILLION IN DAMAGE.

APRIL...NEAR RECORD RIVER FLOODING NORTHWEST COUNTIES DUE TO RAINS
AND SNOW-MELT.  10 MILLION IN DAMAGE.

APRIL 7...SEVERE THUNDERSTORM DOWN-BURST STRAIGHT-LINE WINDS OF 90
MPH STRIKE PARTS OF NORTHERN SHEBOYGAN COUNTY.


JUNE 11...SQUALL LINES MOVE THROUGH 53 COUNTIES FROM NORTHWEST TO SOUTHEAST CORNER. FOUR TORNADOES...AND DOWN-BURST WINDS OF 60 TO 88 MPH AND LARGE HAIL RESULT IN 26.6 MILLION IN PROPERTY AND CROP DAMAGE. JUNE 18...STRONG TORNADO...RATED F3...TRAVELS 34 MILES ACROSS BURNETT AND WASHBURN COUNTIES. 2 FATALITIES AND 16 INJURIES. VILLAGE OF SIREN SUSTAINED SEVERE DAMAGE. TOTAL PROPERTY DAMAGE WAS ABOUT 10 MILLION. JUNE 15 - JULY 16...VERY DRY PERIOD ACROSS STATE..LESS THAN 1 INCH OF RAIN MOST OF STATE. COMBO OF HEAT AND DRY WEATHER HURTS CROPS. JULY 20-AUG 9...SERIES OF HEAT WAVES RESULT IN 10 HEAT-RELATED DEATHS. HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE GIVEN HOSPITAL TREATMENT FOR HEAT EXHAUSTION. MAXIMUM AIR TEMPERATURES IN 9MID TO UPPER 90S SEVERAL DAYS AT MANY LOCATIONS. AUG 2-3...SERIES OF THUNDERSTORMS DUMP OVER 11 INCHES OF RAIN IN BLACK EARTH /DANE CO./ OVER A PERIOD OF 8 HOURS. FLASH FLOODING OF BLACK EARTH CREEK AND NEARBY AREAS. AUG 7...MT. MARY COLLEGE IN MILWAUKEE COUNTY PEAKS AT 102. SEVERAL LOCATIONS JUST NORTHWEST OF LA CROSSE REACH 101 DEGREES. OCT 23-24...OVERNIGHT SERIES OF HAIL-STORMS STRIKE SOUTHERN GREEN... SOUTHERN ROCK...CENTRAL WALWORTH...AND SOUTHERN RACINE COUNTIES WITH HAIL STONES OF GOLF-BALL TO BASEBALL SIZE HAIL. RESIDENTS IN SOUTHERN PART OF CITY OF RACINE HAVE TO SHOVEL THE HAIL THAT URBAN FLOODING CONCENTRATED IN LOW SPOTS. A ROAD HAD TO BE PLOWED. NOV 26-28...HEAVY SNOW OF 12 TO 20 INCHES FALLS FROM NORTHWEST TO NORTH-CENTRAL COUNTIES. NOVEMBER...WARMEST NOVEMBER ON RECORD ACROSS MUCH OF STATE. WELL BELOW NORMAL SNOWFALLS STATEWIDE...EXCEPT FOR NORTHERN COUNTIES. DEC 1-22...VERY WARM AND NEARLY SNOW-LESS ACROSS MOST OF STATE. TEMPERATURES WERE 10 TO 14 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL FOR THIS PERIOD. VERY LITTLE OR NO ICE COVER ON LAKES AND RIVERS. DEC 5...RECORD-HIGH MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES IN 50S ACROSS NORTHERN WISCONSIN...AND 60S ELSEWHERE...EXCEPT FOR 70 IN JANESVILLE, KENOSHA...AND WAUKESHA. SOME PEOPLE STILL GOLFING AND SOME FLOWERS STILL BUDDING/BLOOMING. DEC 23...MADISON SETS NEW RECORD OF LATEST ONSET OF MEASURABLE SNOW...BREAKING OLD RECORD SET ON DEC 15, 1999. DEC 23-31...COLD AIR SETTLES IN OVER STATE WITH BELOW-NORMAL TEMPERATURES. SERIES OF LAKE-EFFECT SNOWS NEAR LAKE SUPERIOR DUMP FROM 1 TO 4 FEET OF SNOW FROM DOUGLAS TO VILAS COUNTY. ENTIRE YEAR...LEAST SNOWIEST CALENDAR YEAR AT MILWAUKEE WITH 9.4 INCHES IN 2001...BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 14.5 INCHES SET IN 1922. ONLY 10 TO 20 INCHES ACROSS REST OF SOUTHERN WISCONSIN. ENTIRE YEAR...ONLY 12 TORNADOES DOCUMENTED...OF WHICH 4 OCCURRED ON JUNE 11TH AND 3 ON MAY 1ST. YEARLY AVERAGE IS 20.


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