...WISCONSIN WEATHER STORIES OF 2004...
  

...JANUARY 26TH-27TH SNOWSTORM...
A LONG DURATION OF MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW AFFECTED PARTS OF THE STATE AS LOW PRESSURE PROPAGATED NORTH FROM THE OHIO VALLEY INTO LOWER MICHIGAN. WIDESPREAD TOTALS OF 3 TO 10 INCHES OF SNOW WERE REPORTED...WITH THE HIGHEST TOTALS ALONG AND NEAR THE LAKES MICHIGAN AND SUPERIOR SHORELINE DUE TO LAKE- ENHANCEMENT SNOW. SOME SNOW REPORTS INCLUDE 12.0 INCHES AT HURLEY /IRON CO./...10.0 INCHES AT SUPERIOR /DOUGLAS CO./...8.9 INCHES ON THE UW-MILWAUKEE CAMPUS /MILWAUKEE CO./...7.5 INCHES AT TWO RIVERS /MANITOWOC CO./...AND 5.9 INCHES AT A CROSSE /LA CROSSE CO./. COLD EAST TO NORTHEAST WINDS CONTINUED BEHIND THE SYSTEM...CONTINUING LAKE-EFFECT SNOW SHOWERS OFF OF LAKE MICHIGAN. NUMEROUS VEHICLE ACCIDENTS RESULTED.

...JANUARY 28TH-31ST BITTER COLD OVER ALL OF WISCONSIN...
IN THE WAKE OF THE DEPARTING STORM SYSTEM THAT BROUGHT WIDESPREAD AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 10 INCHES OF SNOW TO THE STATE...ARCTIC AIR MIGRATED SOUTH FROM CANADA FROM JANUARY 28TH THROUGH THE 31ST. WITH FRESH SNOW PACK AND CLEAR SKIES...THE ENTIRE STATE EXPERIENCED SEVERAL NIGHTS WITH SUB- ZERO TEMPERATURES.

LOWS RANGED FROM -3 TO -10 AT MILWAUKEE...-6 TO -13 AT MADISON...-14 TO -19 AT LA CROSSE...-8 TO -12 AT GREEN BAY...-10 TO -18 AT WAUSAU ...AND -15 TO -20 AT RHINELANDER DURING THIS TIME PERIOD. LOWS OF -11 TO -30 WERE OBSERVED AT MINONG...-20 TO -29 AT FOXBORO...-10 TO -27 AT DRUMMONDE...AND -3 TO -23 AT PORT WING.

HIGHS STRUGGLED TO REACH ZERO ACROSS MUCH OF THE STATE ON THE 29TH... WITH MODERATING TEMPERATURES THEREAFTER.

...FEBRUARY 1-3...TWO STORMS FROM WEST-CENTRAL TO NORTHERN WISCONSIN...
UP TO 14 INCHES OF SNOW FELL FROM SPOONER TO LORRETTA TO WINTER....WHILE 10 TO 12 INCHES FELL FROM MASON TO BUTTERNUT TO PHILLIPS. UP TO 13 INCHES FELL AT RICE LAKE /BARRON CO./...12 INCHES AT BIG FALLS HYDRO JUST NORTHWEST OF GLEN FLORA IN RUSK COUNTY...11 INCHES AT BOTH CHIPPEWA FALLS AND STANLEY /CHIPPEWA CO./...11.0 INCHES AT GREENWOOD /CLARK CO./...AND 10 INCHES IN ELLSWORTH /PIERCE CO./.

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...FEBRUARY 5TH-6TH WIDESPREAD HEAVY SNOW SWATH FROM SOUTHWEST TO NORTHEAST WISCONSIN...
HEAVY SNOWFALL TOTALS OF 6 TO 11 INCHES OCCURRED FROM A STORM SYSTEM THAT PASSED TO THE SOUTH AND EAST OF THE STATE. SOME SNOW REPORTS INCLUDE 11.0 INCHES AT NORTH BAY /DOOR CO./...10.5 INCHES AT MARINEET /MARINETTE CO./...9.2 INCHES NORTH OF OXFORD /MARQUETTE CO./...8.7 INCHES AT READSTOWN /VERNON CO./...8.0 INCHES AT WISCONSIN DELLS /COLUMBIA CO./ AND PLATTEVILLE /GRANT CO./...AND 7.8 INCHES AT GREEN BAY /DOOR CO./. WINDS GUSTING TO 30 MPH CAUSED CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW...HINDERING TRAVEL. HUNDREDS OF VEHICLE ACCIDENTS RESULTED.

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...MARCH 5TH HEAVY SNOW EVENT...
A STRONG LOW PRESSURE TRACKED ACROSS SOUTHERN WISCONSIN PRODUCING HEAVY SNOW OVER NORTHERN PORTIONS OF THE STATE...AND SEVERE WEATHER TO THE SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF THE STATE ON MARCH 5TH. HEAVY SNOW TOTALS OF 6 TO 10 INCHES WERE REPORTED ACROSS NORTHERN WISCONSIN...ALONG WITH GUSTY WINDS AND BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW. SOME SNOW REPORTS INCLUDE 10.5 INCHES NEAR PHILLIPS /PRICE CO./ ...10.0 INCHES AT ATHELSTANE /MARINETTE CO./...9.0 INCHES AT TOMAHAWK /LINCOLN CO./...8.0 INCHES AT CHIPPEWA FALLS /CHIPPEWA CO./...7.5 INCHES AT DURAND /PEPIN CO./...AND 7.0 INCHES AT OWEN /CLARK CO./. A SWATH OF 7 TO 8 INCHES OCCURRED FROM WINTER IN SAWYER COUNTY TO MONTREAL IN IRON COUNTY.

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ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STORM...TEMPERATURES CLIMBED TO AROUND 60 WHILE A BROKEN LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS MIGRATED ACROSS THE SOUTHERN THIRD OF THE STATE DURING THE EARLY MORNING HOURS. STRAIGHT-LINE WIND GUSTS OF 60 TO 75 MPH WERE REPORTED ACROSS JEFFERSON...ROCK AND WALWORTH COUNTIES IN ASSOCIATION WITH THESE STORMS.

...MARCH-APRIL SNOWMELT...
THE COMBINATION OF MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES IN THE 40S AND 50S AND 0.50 TO 1.00 INCH RAINS SUBSTANTIALLY MELTED THE REMAINING WINTER SNOW PACK IN NORTH-CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST WISCONSIN IN LATE MARCH AND EARLY APRIL. FLOODING OCCURRED ON MOST RIVERS AND STREAMS IN OUTAGAMIE...SOUTHERN MARINETTE...AND SOUTHERN OCONTO COUNTIES...ESPECIALLY ON THE WOLF AND OCONTO RIVERS. THE FLOODING IN ANTIGO WAS THE WORST IN THE PAST 40 YEARS. MANY ROADS WERE CLOSED... AND PROPERTY DAMAGE TOTALED 1.4 MILLION DOLLARS.

...APRIL 17TH-19TH SEVERE WEATHER...
LINES OF THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPED JUST AHEAD OF THE COLD FRONT AND PRODUCED DAMAGING WINDS AND LARGE HAIL STATEWIDE LATE ON APRIL 17TH AND ON APRIL 18TH. THE THUNDERSTORM WINDS GUSTED TO AN ESTIMATED 65 TO 75 MPH AND HAIL STONES RANGED UP TO 3 INCHES IN DIAMETER. THE 3-INCH HAIL STONES WERE REPORTED IN BOTH SAWYER AND BAYFIELD COUNTIES. HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN DAMAGE WAS REPORTED ACROSS THE STATE AS A RESULT. GOLF-BALL SIZE HAIL KILLED 106 GREAT BLUE HERONS AT A CHIPPEWA FLOWAGE ROOKERY IN SAWYER COUNTY.

ON THE 18TH...A WARM FRONT PUSHED NORTH THROUGH MOST OF WISCONSIN... ALLOWING FOR UNSEASONABLY WARM TEMPERATURES AND WINDY CONDITIONS ACROSS THE STATE. TEMPERATURES CLIMBED INTO THE MID 70S ACROSS THE NORTH /AWAY FROM THE GREAT LAKES/...TO THE MID AND UPPER 80S ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST. THE HIGHEST READING WAS 87 DEGREES AT WEST ALLIS /MILWAUKEE CO./. WINDS GUSTING TO AS HIGH AS 65 MPH ACROSS SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN RESULTED IN BUILDING AND TREE DAMAGE. A WOMAN WAS KILLED IN THORP /CLARK CO./ WHEN A TREE SNAPPED AND FELL ON TOP OF HER.

ALSO ON APRIL 18TH...2 WEAK TORNADOES SPUN UP IN TRADE LAKE AREA OF SOUTHERN BURNETT COUNTY.

...MAY-JUNE SEVERE FLOODING...
EXTENSIVE FLOODING OCCURRED ACROSS CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN WISCONSIN DURING MAY AND JUNE. MOST RIVERS AND STREAMS EXCEEDED THEIR BANKS AND FLOODED BOTTOMLANDS. SOME NEW MONTHLY OR ALL-TIME RIVER STAGE LEVELS WERE REPORTED. CONTINUOUS WAVES OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS AND HEAVY RAINS DURING MAY AND EARLY JUNE LED TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF PROBABLY THE MOST SIGNIFICANT WEATHER EVENT OF 2004...THE MAY-JUNE FLOODING.

LYNXVILLE /CRAWFORD CO./ PICKED UP 14.72 INCHES FOR THE MONTH OF MAY. MADISON RECORDED 10.84 INCHES OF RAIN IN MAY OR ABOUT 7.59 INCHES ABOVE AVERAGE...GREEN BAY RECORDED 8.31 INCHES OR ABOUT 5.56 INCHES ABOVE AVERAGE...AND MILWAUKEE RECORDED 8.18 INCHES OR ABOUT 5.12 INCHES ABOVE AVERAGE. NUMEROUS COOP OBSERVERS ACROSS CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN WISCONSIN REPORTED 9 TO 14.5 INCHES OF RAIN IN MAY ALONE.

ON MAY 8TH...FLASH FLOODING OCCURRED IN VERNON AND CRAWFORD COUNTIES IN THE DE SOTO...LYNXVILLE...AND FERRYVILLE AREAS. THREE TO FIVE INCHES OF RAIN FELL WITHIN 2 HOURS...LEADING TO MUD AND ROCK SLIDES ALONG HIGHWAY 35. A WOMEN IN VERNON COUNTY DIED AFTER HER CAR WAS SWEPT AWAY IN AN ATTEMPT TO CROSS A FLOODED STREAM THAT FEEDS THE BAD AXE RIVER.

JUNE FEATURED RAINFALL TOTALS OF 4 TO 7 INCHES ACROSS CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN WISCONSIN...WITH SCATTERED LOCATIONS PICKING UP 8 TO 12+ INCHES. READSTOWN /VERNON CO./ HAD THE GREATEST TOTAL OF 12.72 INCHES IN JUNE. ALTHOUGH THE JUNE RAINS WERE NOT AS HEAVY AS MAY/S...THE ADDITIONAL RAINS OF JUNE FELL ON TOP OF SATURATED GROUND. THIS MADE FLOODING WORSE. THOUSANDS OF HOMES AND BUSINESSES SUSTAINED DAMAGE FROM FLOODING. WIDESPREAD CROP DAMAGE RESULTED AS THE HEAVY RAINS WASHED AWAY MOST OF THE NEWLY PLANTED CROP AND MANY LOW LYING FIELDS BECAME SMALL LAKES. LAKE MICHIGAN WATER LEVELS ROSE 11 INCHES IN THE MONTH OF MAY ALONE...AFTER GRADUALLY FALLING 4 FEET BETWEEN THE YEARS OF 1997 AND 2003.

TOTAL PROPERTY DAMAGE FROM FLOODING IN MAY AND JUNE WAS ESTIMATED AT NEARLY 50 MILLION DOLLARS AND CROP DAMAGE WAS ESTIMATED AT NEARLY 300 MILLION DOLLARS. SOME FLOODED RIVERS AND STANDING WATER IN OPEN FIELDS FINALLY RECEDED OR DRIED UP IN EARLY JULY.

OFFICIAL TOTAL RAINFALL FOR MAY AND JUNE COMBINED WAS AT LEAST 12 INCHES FOR THE SOUTHERN HALF OF WISCONSIN. SOME LOCATIONS IN MONROE ...VERNON...JUNEAU...ADAMS...SAUK...COLUMBIA...DODGE...AND WALWORTH COUNTIES HAD TOTALS IN THE 20 TO 25 INCH RANGE. UNOFFICIALLY...25.60 INCHES OF RAIN FELL IN RANDOLPH /DODGE CO./ BETWEEN MAY 7TH AND JUNE 11TH. THE NORMAL YEARLY LIQUID EQUIVALENT OF PRECIPITATION ACROSS SOUTHERN WISCONSIN IS AROUND 35 INCHES.

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...MAY 23RD TORNADOES...
SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPED AHEAD OF A COLD FRONT DURING THE AFTERNOON OF MAY 23RD. SUFFICIENT SHEAR AND INSTABILITY LEAD TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF TWO WEAK F0 TORNADOES IN DANE COUNTY AND F0 TORNADOES IN BOTH COLUMBIA AND MANITOWOC COUNTIES. MINOR DAMAGE WAS REPORTED FROM THE TORNADOES. ADDITIONAL FUNNEL CLOUD REPORTS WERE COLLECTED FROM COLUMBIA...DANE...ROCK...DODGE AND WAUKESHA COUNTIES. SCATTERED AREAS OF LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WIND REPORTS WERE FOUND ELSEWHERE ACROSS SOUTHERN WISCONSIN.

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...JUNE 23RD MAJOR TORNADO OUTBREAK...
THIS DAY WAS THE MOST ACTIVE SEVERE WEATHER DAY IN SEVERAL YEARS...AS 3 COMPLEXES/LINES OF THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPED IN MINNESOTA AND RACED EAST-SOUTHEAST. WIDESPREAD WIND DAMAGE RESULTED FROM THESE STORMS WITH 17 TORNADOES EMBEDDED WITHIN THE COMPLEXES/LINES...NEARLY THE STATE AVERAGE FOR A YEAR WHICH IS 21. JUNE 23RD WAS RANKED AS THE 4TH ALL TIME HIGHEST TORNADO DAY IN WISCONSIN HAVING FOUR F0 TORNADOES...NINE F1 TORNADOES...TWO F2 TORNADOES AND TWO F3 TORNADOES.

...THE NORTHERN COMPLEX PRODUCED 5 TORNADOES...INCLUDING AN F2 TWISTER THAT STRUCK SOUTHWEST WAUPACA COUNTY. THE OTHER TORNADOES HIT PORTIONS OF PORTAGE...WAUPACA...OUTAGAMIE...AND BROWN COUNTIES. DAMAGE WAS EXTENSIVE ALONG THE TORNADO PATHS...BUT NO ONE WAS KILLED OR INJURED.

...THE CENTRAL COMPLEX FEATURED A STRING OF 9 TORNADOES FROM NEAR TAYLOR IN JACKSON COUNTY TO NEAR JACKSON IN WASHINGTON COUNTY. THE STRONGEST TORNADOES OF THE DAY OCCURRED IN THIS STRING WHERE TWO F3 TORNADOES RIPPED THROUGH GREEN LAKE...FOND DU LAC...AND DODGE COUNTIES. ONE PERSON DIED AND ANOTHER WAS INJURED NEAR LAKE MARIA IN GREEN LAKE COUNTY WHEN THEY WERE SUCKED OUT OF THEIR BASEMENT AS THE TORNADO PASSED RIGHT THROUGH THEIR HOME. STRAIGHT-LINE WINDS WERE ESTIMATED TO HAVE REACHED 80 MPH ACROSS PORTIONS OF COLUMBIA...GREEN LAKE...FOND DU LAC...AND DODGE COUNTIES...FURTHER CONTRIBUTING TO THE EXTENSIVE DAMAGE.

...THE SOUTHERN COMPLEX...ALTHOUGH WEAKER...DID PRODUCE 3 TORNADOES INCLUDING ONE F1 TORNADO ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF MADISON. THIS COMPLEX ALSO PRODUCED STRAIGHT-LINE WIND GUSTS TO 80 MPH.

TOTAL PROPERTY DAMAGE ON JUNE 23RD WAS ESTIMATED TO HAVE REACHED 28.8 MILLION DOLLARS ACROSS WISCONSIN. DUE TO CROPS ALREADY HEAVILY DAMAGED BY SPRING FLOODING...TOTAL CROP DAMAGE FROM THESE STORMS ONLY REACHED ABOUT 3 MILLION DOLLARS.

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...JULY 19TH HAILSTORM...
A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WITH LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS TRACKED FROM THE EAU CLAIRE AREA THROUGH TREMPEALEAU COUNTY THROUGH THE CITY OF LA CROSSE. HAILSTONES UP TO 3 INCHES IN DIAMETER DAMAGED ROOFS AND VEHICLES. DAMAGE TOTALS WERE 14 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN CROP DAMAGE AND 710 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN PROPERTY DAMAGE.

...COOL SUMMER SEASON...
OVERALL...THE STATE EXPERIENCED A COOL AND SOMEWHAT DRY SUMMER. THIS OCCURRED AFTER A COOL AND VERY WET LATE SPRING. THE COOL SUMMER TEMPERATURES WERE DUE TO A PERSISTENT NORTHWEST FLOW IN THE UPPER ATMOSPHERE. THERE WERE ONLY A FEW DAYS IN WHICH LOCALES ACROSS WISCONSIN REACHED 90 DEGREES. THE BIGGER CITIES TO REACH 90 INCLUDED MILWAUKEE WITH A HIGH OF 91 ON JUNE 8TH AND LA CROSSE WITH A HIGH OF 90 ON JUNE 7TH. MADISON DID NOT REACH 90 DEGREES.

...AUGUST FROST IN NORTHWESTERN WISCONSIN...
IN AUGUST...NORTHWESTERN WISCONSIN EXPERIENCED SEVERAL FROSTY MORNINGS WITH TEMPERATURES DIPPING INTO THE 20S AND 30S. ON AUGUST 13TH AND 14TH...LOWS OF 32 TO 37 WERE WIDESPREAD. ON AUGUST 19TH...TEMPERATURES DROPPED INTO THE LOW TO MID 30S. ANOTHER COLD SNAP OCCURRED ON AUGUST 21ST...WITH SIREN/WEBSTER DROPPING TO 28...AND BOTH HAYWARD AND JUMP RIVER DIPPING TO 29 DEGREES...WHILE A 33 WAS NOTED IN STANLEY AND A 34 IN NEW RICHMOND. ON THE MORNING OF AUGUST 29TH...WIDESPREAD LOWS IN THE LOWER TO MID 30S WERE OBSERVED.

...LATE SUMMER DROUGHT...
DESPITE THE OVERALL COOL SUMMER...DROUGHT BEGAN TO DEVELOP ACROSS EASTERN AND SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF THE STATE DURING LATE AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER. ONLY 0.24 INCHES OF RAIN FELL IN MILWAUKEE FOR SEPTEMBER...0.47 INCHES IN GREEN BAY...1.00 INCH IN MADISON...AND 1.98 INCHES AT WAUSAU. BOTH MILWAUKEE AND GREEN BAY RECORDED SEPTEMBER 2004 AS THEIR THIRD DRIEST ON RECORD...AND WAUSAU RECORDED THEIR FOURTH DRIEST ON RECORD. CONTRAST THAT WITH 3.48 INCHES OF RAIN REPORTED AT LA CROSSE AND 3.15 INCHES AT RHINELANDER.

...WARM SEPTEMBER...
DRY WEATHER AND SUNSHINE ALLOWED TEMPERATURES ACROSS THE STATE TO END UP 3 TO 5 DEGREES ABOVE AVERAGE...MAKING SEPTEMBER 2004 RANK IN THE TOP 15 WARMEST SEPTEMBERS ACROSS MANY LOCATIONS. THE WARMER TEMPERATURES AND SUNSHINE HELPED SOME CROPS RECOVER OR CATCH UP...THUS MINIMIZING SOME OF THE CROP LOSSES DUE TO FLOODING IN MAY AND JUNE. TEMPERATURES REMAINED SLIGHTLY ABOVE AVERAGE THROUGH OCTOBER.

...OCTOBER 29TH SEVERE WEATHER OVER SOUTHERN WISCONSIN...
SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN EXPERIENCED AN UNUSUALLY LATE ROUND OF SEVERE WEATHER ON OCTOBER 29TH. A COMPLEX OF THUNDERSTORMS ALONG AND AHEAD OF A COLD FRONT TRIGGERED SCATTERED DOWNBURSTS WITH WIND GUSTS OF 55 TO 65 MPH WHICH TOPPLED LARGE TREES AND POWER LINES IN THE COUNTIES OF LAFAYETTE...ROCK...JEFFERSON AND KENOSHA.

...DELAYED SNOW...
A LATE START TO THE 2004-2005 SNOW SEASON ACROSS THE STATE WAS THE RESULT FROM A COMBINATION OF A GENERAL LACK OF COLD AIR AND STORMS TRACKING WELL TO THE SOUTH. LOCALES ACROSS SOUTHERN WISCOSNIN WERE 4 TO 9 INCHES BELOW NORMAL SNOWFALL TOTALS THROUGH MID-DECEMBER.

THE FIRST MEASURABLE SNOW EVENT FOR SOUTHERN WISCONSIN OCCURRED ON NOVEMBER 24TH...WHEN 0.1 TO AROUND 2.5 INCHES FELL OVER THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE STATE. THE SNOW WAS CONFINED TO AREAS SOUTHEAST OF INTERSTATE 43. THE 0.1 INCHES MEASURED AT MILWAUKEE OCCURRED 10 DAYS AFTER THE AVERAGE FIRST DATE OF MEASURABLE SNOWFALL. THIS WAS THE FIRST TRACE EVENT OF THE FALL SEASON FOR MILWAUKEE...WELL AFTER THE AVERAGE DATE OF OCTOBER 28TH.

...DECEMBER 11TH-13TH WIDESPREAD SNOW ACROSS NORTHERN WISCONSIN...
THE FIRST WIDESPREAD SNOW FOR NORTHERN WISCONSIN WAS STARTED OFF AS SYSTEM SNOW FOLLOWED BY LAKE-EFFECT SNOWSTORM OVER A 3-DAY PERIOD. THE GREATEST SNOW TOTALS OCCURRED IN THE IRON COUNTY SNOWBELT WHERE 20 TO 26 INCHES FELL FROM UPSON TO HURLEY.

...DECEMBER 12TH STRONG WINDS...
STRONG WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS RAKED MOST OF WISCONSIN ON DECEMBER 12TH AFTER A COLD FRONT MOVED THROUGH THE STATE. PEAK GUSTS WERE 62 MPH AT SISTER BAY /DOOR CO./ ...56 MPH AT THE WTMJ-TV STATION IN MILWAUKEE...AND 54 MPH IN FOUR CORNERS /LA CROSSE CO./. MOST GUST VALUES WERE IN THE 45 TO 52 MPH RANGE. SMALL TREE BRANCHES WERE KNOCKED DOWN AND THERE WERE SCATTERED POWER OUTAGES AS TREE DEBRIS LANDED ON POWER-LINES.

...DECEMBER 19-21 WINTER STORM CENTRAL WISCONSIN...See Graphic
THE 1ST WIDESPREAD WINTER STORM TO AFFECT CENTRAL THROUGH NORTHEAST WISCONSIN DEPOSITED 6 TO 11 INCHES FROM THE LA CROSSE AREA TO DOOR COUNTY. BAILEYS HARBOR IN DOOR COUNTY PICKED UP 11.4 INCHES. MOST OF THE AFFECTED AREA HAD 6 TO 8 INCHES.


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...NOT IN ORDER OF OCCURRENCE OR IMPORTANCE...

...2003-2004 WINTER SNOWFALL...See Graphic
WELL BELOW AVERAGE WINTER SNOWFALL WAS REPORTED ACROSS CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN WISCONSIN FOR THE THIRD YEAR IN A ROW. MILWAUKEE...MADISON...LA CROSSE...AND GREEN BAY REPORTED BELOW NORMAL SEASONAL SNOWFALL. SNOWFALL ACROSS THE NORTHERN THIRD OF THE STATE WAS ABOVE NORMAL DUE TO SEVERAL WINTER STORMS. WINTER SNOWFALL TOTALS RANGED FROM 15.2 INCHES AT BELOIT COLLEGE TO 191.1 INCHES AT HURLEY IN IRON COUNTY.

THE WINTER SNOW-COVER OVER NORTHERN WISCONSIN FINALLY MELTED FOR GOOD ON APRIL 16TH...ALTHOUGH SOME PATCHES OF SNOW PROBABLY REMAINED IN SHADED WOODED SPOTS UNTIL LATE APRIL.

...2004 WISCONSIN MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM TEMPERATURES...
THE COLDEST TEMPERATURE WAS OBSERVED ON FEBRUARY 16TH...WITH A -31F AT BIG FALLS HYDRO...JUST NORTHWEST OF GLEN FLORA IN RUSK COUNTY. THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE OF 98 DEGREES WAS RECORDED AT ST. CROIX FALLS /ST. CROIX CO./ ON JULY 23 2004.

...TOTAL MONETARY DAMAGE FOR ALL OF WISCONSIN FROM SEVERE WEATHER EVENTS DURING 2004 TOTALED AN ESTIMATED 91.8 MILLION DOLLARS FROM PROPERTY DAMAGE AND AN ESTIMATED 246.6 MILLION DOLLARS FROM CROP DAMAGE...

...A TOTAL OF 36 TORNADOES SPUN UP IN WISCONSIN DURING 2004...See Graphics and Details
COMPARTED TO AN AVERAGE OF 21. MOST OF THEM OCCURRED IN SOUTHERN WISCONSIN. HERE/S THE BREAKDOWN BY FUJITA-SCALE RATINGS... F0...22    F1...10    F2...2    F3...2    F4...0    F5...0

...2004 WEATHER-RELATED INJURIES AND FATALITIES...

INJURIES  FATALITIES

TORNADO                 17         1
THUNDERSTORM WIND        6         0
HIGH/STRONG WINDS        0         1
FLASH FLOOD              0         1
HEAVY RAIN               2         0
LIGHTNING                1         0
DENSE FOG                2         0
EXTREME HEAT             -         0
WINTER STORMS            0         0
COLD WAVE                0         0
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TOTAL                   28         3

 


                    
...JANUARY 4TH WIDESPREAD SNOW...
THE FIRST WIDESPREAD SNOW OF THE 2003-04 WINTER SEASON TO AFFECT SOUTHERN WISCONSIN LEFT ACCUMULATIONS OF 3 TO 6 INCHES...INCLUDING 4.8 INCHES AT MILWAUKEE AND 3.8 INCHES AT MADISON. BEING THE FIRST SNOW OF THE SEASON...MANY PEOPLE WEREN/T YET ADJUSTED TO WINTER DRIVING AND AS A RESULT...300 TO 400 VEHICLE ACCIDENTS OCCURRED ACROSS THE STATE. ONE MULTI-CAR PILE-UP INVOLVING 44 VEHICLES AND ANOTHER INVOLVING 17 VEHICLES OCCURRED ON I-90/94 EAST OF MADISON. THIRTY FLIGHTS WERE DELAYED AND 10 WERE CANCELLED AT MILWAUKEE GENERAL MITCHELL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
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