...2006 WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS IN SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN...

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WINTER SEASON...DECEMBER 2005 THROUGH FEBRUARY 2006:

TEMPERATURES:

THE WINTER 2005 TO 2006 SEASON IN SOUTHERN WISCONSIN SAW FAIRLY MILD
TEMPERATURES. AVERAGE TEMPERATURES ACROSS THE AREA GENERALLY RANGED
FROM 45.0 TO 50.0 DEGREES. OFFICIALLY...MILWAUKEE HAD AN AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE OF 27.6 DEGREES...WHICH WAS 3.5 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.
MADISON HAD AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 24.6 DEGREES...WHICH WAS 3.6
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.

JANUARY WAS A VERY MILD MONTH ACROSS SOUTHERN WISCONSIN. AVERAGE
TEMPERATURES GENERALLY RANGED FROM 30.0 TO 34.5 DEGREES. MILWAUKEE
HAD AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 34.0 DEGREES...WHICH WAS 13.3 DEGREES
ABOVE NORMAL. THIS MADE JANUARY 2006 THE SECOND WARMEST JANUARY ON
RECORD FOR MILWAUKEE. IN ADDITION...MADISON HAD AN AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE OF 31.6 DEGREES...WHICH WAS 14.3 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.
THIS MADE JANUARY 2006 THE SECOND WARMEST JANUARY ON RECORD FOR
MADISON.

DECEMBER 2005 WAS ON THE COOL SIDE. AVERAGE TEMPERATURES GENERALLY
RANGED FROM 17.5 TO 23.5 DEGREES. OFFICIALLY...MILWAUKEE HAD AN
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 23.1 DEGREES...WHICH WAS 3.1 DEGREES BELOW
NORMAL. MADISON OBSERVED AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 19.9
DEGREES...ALSO 3.1 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. COOL TEMPERATURES OCCURRED
FROM DECEMBER 1 TO DECEMBER 9...AND AGAIN FROM DECEMBER 17 TO
DECEMBER 22...WHERE LOWS DIPPED NEAR OR BELOW ZERO AT TIMES.

FEBRUARY WAS NEAR NORMAL. AVERAGE TEMPERATURES GENERALLY RANGED FROM
19.0 TO 27.0 DEGREES. OFFICIALLY...MILWAUKEE HAD AN AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE OF 25.8 DEGREES...WHICH WAS 0.4 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.
MADISON OBSERVED AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 22.2 DEGREES...WHICH WAS
0.4 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THE FEBRUARY 17 TO 19 PERIOD FEATURED AN
ARCTIC AIRMASS ACROSS THE AREA...WITH LOW TEMPERATURES FALLING WELL
BELOW ZERO IN SOME LOCATIONS. THIS PERIOD WAS OFFSET BY MILD
TEMPERATURES IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE MONTH.

THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE RECORDED FOR THIS THREE MONTH PERIOD WAS 59
DEGREES AT BOTH DELAVAN AND JANESVILLE ON FEBRUARY 14. THE LOWEST
TEMPERATURE RECORDED WAS -22 DEGREES AT POYNETTE ON FEBRUARY
18...AND ARGYLE ON FEBRUARY 19.

MILWAUKEE AND MADISON BROKE THE RECORDS FOR THE MOST CONSECUTIVE
DAYS WITH HIGH TEMPERATURES AT OR ABOVE 30 DEGREES DURING THE WINTER
SEASON. MILWAUKEE RECORDED 57 DAYS...MUCH MORE THAN THE OLD RECORD
OF 31 DAYS. MADISON HAD 44 DAYS...ALSO MUCH MORE THAN THE OLD RECORD
OF 29 DAYS. MILWAUKEE ALSO ESTABLISHED THE MOST CONSECUTIVE DAYS
WITH CLOUDY SKIES...WITH 17 DAYS.

WEATHER:

THE 2005 TO 2006 WINTER SEASON IN SOUTHERN WISCONSIN SAW LIQUID
PRECIPITATION TOTALS SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL. THE SEASONAL AVERAGE
TOTAL PRECIPITATION WAS AROUND 4.26 INCHES. OFFICIALLY...MILWAUKEE
OBSERVED 5.01 INCHES...WHICH WAS 0.71 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. MADISON
OBSERVED 3.76 INCHES...WHICH WAS 0.43 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. WATERTOWN
RECORDED 3.37 INCHES OF LIQUID PRECIPITATION IN JANUARY...THE
GREATEST MONTHLY AMOUNT RECORDED AT A SINGLE LOCATION.

THE SEASONAL SNOWFALL TOTALS FOR THE 2005 TO 2006 WINTER SEASON
ACROSS SOUTHERN WISCONSIN WERE ALSO BELOW NORMAL. THE SEASONAL
AVERAGE TOTAL SNOWFALL WAS AROUND 25.9 INCHES ACROSS THE AREA.
OFFICIALLY...MILWAUKEE OBSERVED 25.8 INCHES...WHICH WAS 12.4 INCHES
BELOW NORMAL. MADISON OBSERVED 32.0 INCHES...WHICH WAS 2.1 INCHES
BELOW NORMAL. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE NEAR SULLIVAN
RECORDED 18.4 INCHES OF SNOWFALL IN DECEMBER 2005...THE GREATEST
MONTHLY AMOUNT RECORDED AT A SINGLE LOCATION.

THIS PERIOD WAS HIGHLIGHTED BY A MAJOR WINTER STORM...WHICH AFFECTED
SOUTHERN WISCONSIN ON FEBRUARY 15 AND 16. WIDESPREAD HEAVY SNOW
OCCURRED MAINLY NORTH OF A JANESVILLE TO MILWAUKEE LINE. TOTAL SNOW
ACCUMULATIONS GENERALLY RANGED FROM 6.0 TO 14.0 INCHES ACROSS MOST
OF THE AREA.

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SPRING SEASON...MARCH THROUGH MAY 2006:

TEMPERATURES:

THE SPRING 2006 SEASON IN SOUTHERN WISCONSIN SAW FAIRLY MILD
TEMPERATURES. AVERAGE TEMPERATURES ACROSS THE AREA GENERALLY RANGED
FROM 45.0 TO 50.0 DEGREES. OFFICIALLY...MILWAUKEE HAD AN AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE OF 47.8 DEGREES...WHICH WAS 2.4 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.
MADISON HAD AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 48.0 DEGREES...WHICH WAS 2.3
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.

THE SPRING 2006 SEASON IN SOUTHERN WISCONSIN SAW NEAR AVERAGE
MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES. MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES AVERAGED AROUND 57.3
DEGREES ACROSS THE AREA...COMPARED TO SEASONAL AVERAGES OF 56.0
DEGREES FOR MILWAUKEE...AND 58.0 DEGREES FOR MADISON. MONTHLY
AVERAGE MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES ACROSS SOUTHERN WISCONSIN RANGED FROM
AROUND 42.7 DEGREES IN MARCH...TO 67.3 DEGREES IN MAY. THE MAXIMUM
TEMPERATURE RECORDED FOR THE SPRING 2006 SEASON WAS 97.0 DEGREES AT
WEST ALLIS ON MAY 30.

MEANWHILE...AVERAGE MINIMUM TEMPERATURES FOR SPRING 2006 WERE
SLIGHTLY COOLER THAN NORMAL. MINIMUM TEMPERATURES AVERAGED AROUND
37.7 DEGREES ACROSS THE AREA...COMPARED TO SEASONAL AVERAGES OF 39.7
DEGREES IN MILWAUKEE...AND 38.2 DEGREES IN MADISON. MONTHLY AVERAGE
MINIMUM TEMPERATURES RANGED FROM 25.8 DEGREES IN MARCH...TO 48.2
DEGREES IN MAY. THE MINIMUM TEMPERATURE RECORDED FOR THE SPRING 2006
SEASON WAS 5.0 DEGREES AT GERMANTOWN ON MARCH 4.

WEATHER:

THE SPRING 2006 SEASON IN SOUTHERN WISCONSIN SAW LIQUID
PRECIPITATION TOTALS WETTER THAN NORMAL. THE SEASONAL AVERAGE TOTAL
PRECIPITATION WAS AROUND 11.37 INCHES ACROSS THE AREA.
OFFICIALLY...MILWAUKEE OBSERVED 11.66 INCHES...WHICH WAS 2.23 INCHES
ABOVE NORMAL. MADISON OBSERVED 11.99 INCHES...WHICH WAS 3.11 INCHES
ABOVE NORMAL. SHEBOYGAN RECORDED 8.66 INCHES OF LIQUID PRECIPITATION
IN MAY...THE GREATEST MONTHLY RAINFALL RECORDED AT A SINGLE LOCATION.

THE SEASONAL SNOWFALL TOTALS FOR SPRING 2006 ACROSS SOUTHERN
WISCONSIN WERE BELOW NORMAL. THE SEASONAL AVERAGE TOTAL SNOWFALL WAS
AROUND 6.3 INCHES ACROSS THE AREA. OFFICIALLY...MILWAUKEE OBSERVED
7.5 INCHES...WHICH WAS 2.6 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. MADISON OBSERVED
10.1 INCHES...WHICH WAS 0.6 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. MIDDLETON RECORDED
10.4 INCHES OF SNOWFALL IN MARCH...THE GREATEST MONTHLY SNOWFALL
RECORDED AT A SINGLE LOCATION.

THE SPRING 2006 SEASON WAS HIGHLIGHTED BY ONE MAIN SNOWFALL EVENT ON
MARCH 5. THIS EVENT BROUGHT AROUND 4.0 INCHES OF SNOW TO IOWA...SAUK
AND DANE COUNTIES. SEVERAL OTHER AMOUNTS OF UP TO 4.0 INCHES WERE
FOUND ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS OCCURRED ON BOTH MARCH 11 AND APRIL 13. THE
MARCH 11 EVENT WAS THE FIRST ORGANIZED SEVERE WEATHER EVENT OF THE
SPRING SEASON...WITH MAINLY HAIL UP TO 1.00 INCH IN DIAMETER OVER
MAINLY DANE...WALWORTH AND FOND DU LAC COUNTIES.

THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM EVENT ON APRIL 13 WAS THE COSTLIEST STORM
DAY IN WISCONSIN HISTORY...AMOUNTING TO DAMAGE OF OVER 160 MILLION
DOLLARS. THIS EVENT WAS HIGHLIGHTED BY A COUPLE OF LONG LIVED
SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORMS. THESE STORMS TRACKED FROM FAR NORTHEASTERN
IOWA...INTO SOUTHERN IOWA AND NORTHERN LAFAYETTE COUNTIES...ACROSS
THE MADISON METROPOLITAN AREA...AND ALL THE WAY TO SOUTHERN OZAUKEE
AND NORTHERN MILWAUKEE COUNTIES. THESE STORMS ALSO AFFECTED NORTHERN
PORTIONS OF THE MILWAUKEE METROPOLITAN AREA. THESE STORMS DROPPED
HAIL AS LARGE AS 4.25 INCHES IN DIAMETER ALONG THE WAY...WITH MANY
REPORTS OF GOLFBALL TO BASEBALL SIZE HAIL.

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SUMMER SEASON...JUNE THROUGH AUGUST 2006:

TEMPERATURES:

TEMPERATURES AVERAGED SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL DURING THE SUMMER
SEASON. OFFICIALLY...MILWAUKEE HAD AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 71.0
DEGREES...WHICH WAS 1.4 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. MADISON HAD AN AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE OF 70.2 DEGREES...WHICH WAS 1.0 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.

JUNE BROUGHT NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES...WHILE JULY SAW AVERAGE
TEMPERATURES THAT GENERALLY RANGED BETWEEN 2.0 TO 3.0 DEGREES ABOVE
MONTHLY NORMALS. THIS WAS DUE TO A PROLONGED PERIOD OF VERY HOT
WEATHER THAT DEVELOPED DURING THE MIDDLE AND LATE PORTIONS OF JULY.
SOME LOCATIONS IN THE STATE RECORDED THEIR FIRST 100.0 DEGREE HIGH
TEMPERATURES IN SEVERAL YEARS. ACROSS WISCONSIN...HEAT INDEX
READINGS RANGED FROM 100.0 TO 110.0 DEGREES DURING THE HOTTEST
AFTERNOONS. OVERNIGHT TEMPERATURES FOR THE MILWAUKEE METRO AREA ON
JULY 31 AND AUGUST 1 FELL ONLY INTO THE LOWER 80S. THE HOT WEATHER
FINALLY BROKE ON AUGUST 2. FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST...TEMPERATURES
WERE GENERALLY NEAR NORMAL.

LOCATIONS ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN WERE ABLE TO
BREAK THE 90.0 DEGREE MARK ON MULTIPLE OCCASIONS DURING THE
YEAR...WITH MOST OCCURRING DURING THE SUMMER SEASON. OFFICIALLY FOR
THE YEAR...MILWAUKEE REACHED 90.0 DEGREES OR HIGHER ON 14
DAYS...WHICH WAS 5 DAYS ABOVE NORMAL. MADISON REACHED 90.0 DEGREES
OR HIGHER ON 9 DAYS...WHICH WAS 3 DAYS BELOW NORMAL. 13 OUT OF THE
14 DAYS OCCURRED DURING SUMMER FOR MILWAUKEE...AND 8 OUT OF THE 9
DAYS OCCURRED DURING SUMMER FOR MADISON.

WEATHER:

PRECIPITATION ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN FOR
SUMMER 2006 WAS NEAR OR SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL.
OFFICIALLY...MILWAUKEE HAD 9.95 INCHES OF RAINFALL...WHICH WAS 1.22
INCHES BELOW NORMAL. MADISON HAD 12.17 INCHES OF RAINFALL...WHICH
WAS 0.14 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

THE SUMMER SEVERE WEATHER SEASON WAS VERY ACTIVE ACROSS SOUTH
CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN IN 2006. THIS INCLUDED A RECORD
NUMBER OF SEVERE WEATHER EVENTS DURING THE MONTH OF JULY.
HOWEVER...THE TOTAL NUMBER OF TORNADOES ACROSS WISCONSIN WAS
SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER THAN IN 2005. ONLY 13 TORNADOES AFFECTED THE
STATE THIS PAST YEAR...WITH 10 OF THOSE TORNADOES OCCURRING IN THE
MILWAUKEE/SULLIVAN COUNTY WARNING AREA. THE NORMAL NUMBER OF
TORNADOES FOR WISCONSIN FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR IS 21.

A BROKEN LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS...WITH EMBEDDED SUPERCELLS...MOVED
EAST SOUTHEAST ACROSS WISCONSIN DURING THE EVENING HOURS OF JUNE 6.
FOUR TORNADOES SPUN UP IN THE MILWAUKEE/SULLIVAN COUNTY WARNING
AREA...THREE F0 TORNADOES IN IOWA COUNTY...AND ONE F1 TORNADO IN
COLUMBIA COUNTY.

THE COLUMBIA/SAUK COUNTY F1 TORNADO SPUN UP 3 MILES EAST OF
WISCONSIN DELLS AT 654 PM. IT MOVED SOUTHEAST...TO 1 MILE SOUTHWEST
OF DEKORRA...AND ENDED AT ABOUT 740 PM. MAXIMUM DAMAGE WIDTH WAS
ABOUT 200 YARDS...WITH A PATH LENGTH OF 16.8 MILES. AROUND 1.6 MILES
OF THAT WAS IN SAUK COUNTY. IN COLUMBIA COUNTY...ABOUT 20 HOMES WERE
DAMAGED...12 BARNS OR POLE SHEDS AND DETACHED GARAGES WERE DAMAGED
OR DESTROYED...6 MOBILE TRAILERS WERE DESTROYED...AND 15 MOBILE
TRAILERS WERE DAMAGED. PROPERTY DAMAGE AND CLEANING COSTS WERE
ESTIMATED AT ONE MILLION DOLLARS. IN SAUK COUNTY...THE TORNADO
CAUSED ROOF DAMAGE TO ONE HOME FROM A TOPPLED TREE...AS WELL AS
OTHER MINOR TREE DAMAGE ALONG THE WISCONSIN RIVER.

IN IOWA COUNTY...A BRIEF F0 TORNADO FORMED ON OR NEAR THE WISCONSIN
RIVER...WHERE STATE HIGHWAY 23 CROSSES. IT SPUN UP AT 653 PM...AND
MOVED SLOWLY FOR ABOUT 2 OR 3 MINUTES. THE TORNADO SUCKED UP WATER
OUT OF THE WISCONSIN RIVER...AND CAUSED MINOR TREE DAMAGE.

AN F0 TORNADO FORMED 5.6 MILES NORTH NORTHWEST OF RIDGEWAY AT 714
PM. THE TORNADO MOVED SOUTHEAST ALMOST THREE MILES...AND DISSIPATED
3.3 MILES NORTH NORTHEAST OF RIDGEWAY AT 725 PM. NO DAMAGE WAS
REPORTED.

ANOTHER BRIEF F0 TORNADO SPUN UP ABOUT 1.5 MILES WEST OF BARNEVELD
AT 733 PM. IT DAMAGED ONE HOME...TORE UP SOME TREES...AND MOVED SOME
FARM EQUIPMENT...BEFORE CROSSING STATE HIGHWAY 18/151 AND
DISSIPATING.

ON JUNE 18...A RAPIDLY DEVELOPING...BUT RATHER SMALL
THUNDERSTORM...PRODUCED A BRIEF F1 TORNADO THAT TOUCHED DOWN NEAR
THE CITY OF RUBICON AT ABOUT 227 PM. THE TORNADO THEN MOVED INTO THE
WESTERN CITY LIMITS OF HARTFORD BY 230 PM...AND THE SOUTH SIDE OF
HARTFORD BY 236 PM. THE WORST DAMAGE WAS ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF
HARTFORD...WHERE A MOTEL AND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SUFFERED SIGNIFICANT
ROOF DAMAGE. ALSO ON THIS DATE...AN F0 TORNADO BRIEFLY TOUCHED DOWN
3.4 MILES SOUTHWEST OF STOUGHTON IN DANE COUNTY AT 222 PM...CAUSING
NO DAMAGE.

ONLY THREE OTHER TORNADOES...ALL RATED F0...OCCURRED DURING THE
REMAINDER OF THE SUMMER MONTHS...

JUL 3 AT 128 PM....0.7 MILES WEST OF ALTA IN FOND DU LAC COUNTY
AUG 23 AT 902 PM...2.0 MILES SOUTH SOUTHEAST OF LELAND IN SAUK COUNTY
AUG 26 AT 633 PM...3.8 MILES WEST SOUTHWEST OF CLINTON IN ROCK COUNTY

THESE TORNADOES ONLY BRIEFLY TOUCHED DOWN...AND ONLY ONE CAUSED
DAMAGE. THE CLINTON F0 CAUSED MINIMAL DAMAGE THAT WAS ESTIMATED AT
TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS.

DURING THE EARLY MORNING HOURS ON JULY 20TH...AN INTENSE AND SEVERE
SQUALL LINE TRAVERSED ACROSS SOUTHERN WISCONSIN. THE INITIAL
THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPED OVER SOUTHERN MINNESOTA WEDNESDAY
EVENING...THEN QUICKLY INTENSIFIED AND MERGED INTO A BOW ECHO/SQUALL
LINE OVER WESTERN WISCONSIN THE FOLLOWING MORNING. THE BOW ECHO THEN
RACED ACROSS SOUTHERN WISCONSIN...RESULTING IN NUMEROUS REPORTS OF
DOWNED TREES. POWER LINES WERE ALSO REPORTED DOWN...ALONG WITH AN
IMPRESSIVE 82 MPH WIND GUST MEASURED 0.4 MILES NORTHEAST OF MONONA
IN DANE COUNTY. IN ADDITION...THERE WERE SCATTERED REPORTS OF HAIL
UP TO ONE INCH IN DIAMETER.

MAJOR FLASH FLOODING OCCURRED OVER THE MADISON METROPOLITAN AREA ON
JULY 27...WHERE RAINFALL AMOUNTS OVER 3.00 INCHES FELL. THE
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN MADISON CAMPUS SAW SOME OF THE WORST
FLOODING...AS DOZENS OF BUILDINGS SUSTAINED DAMAGE. MANY VEHICLES
WERE ALSO DAMAGED...AS WATER REACHED 4 TO 5 FEET IN DEPTH IN LOW
SPOTS. THIS WAS CONSIDERED A ONE IN A HUNDRED YEAR FLOOD.

HEAVY RAIN ALSO FELL OVER SOUTHERN DANE COUNTY...BETWEEN VERONA AND
BELLEVILLE. RADAR ESTIMATED PRECIPITATION RANGED FROM 4.00 TO 6.00
INCHES IN THIS AREA. ADDITIONALLY...FLASH FLOODING OCCURRED OVER
CENTRAL WAUKESHA COUNTY...AND IN AND AROUND THE CITY OF WAUKESHA.
3.00 TO 5.00 INCHES OF RAIN FELL THERE...RESULTING IN FLOODED ROADS
AND BUILDINGS. THE FOX RIVER IN DOWNTOWN WAUKESHA ALSO EXCEEDED
FLOOD STAGE FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS...AFTER A RAPID RISE IN RIVER
LEVELS.

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AUTUMN SEASON...SEPTEMBER THROUGH NOVEMBER 2006:

TEMPERATURES:

TEMPERATURES WERE NEAR TO SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL ACROSS SOUTHERN
WISCONSIN DURING THE AUTUMN SEASON. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURES ACROSS
SOUTHERN WISCONSIN WERE GENERALLY AROUND 49.1 DEGREES.
OFFICIALLY...THE MILWAUKEE AIRPORT RECORDED AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
OF 50.5 DEGREES...WHICH WAS 0.4 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THE MADISON
AIRPORT RECORDED AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 47.6 DEGREES...WHICH WAS
0.9 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.

SEPTEMBER WAS A COOL MONTH. A STRETCH OF WARM TEMPERATURES FROM
SEPTEMBER 5 TO SEPTEMBER 8 DID OCCUR. HIGH TEMPERATURES FROM THE
UPPER 70S TO MID 80S WERE COMMON ACROSS SOUTHERN WISCONSIN.
HOWEVER...ESPECIALLY AFTER SEPTEMBER 18...HIGH TEMPERATURES REMAINED
MAINLY IN THE 60S. FOR SEPTEMBER...MILWAUKEE HAD AN AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE OF 61.9 DEGREES...WHICH WAS 1.1 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. IN
MADISON...IT WAS 58.2 DEGREES...WHICH WAS 2.5 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.
THIS TIED FOR THE NINTH COOLEST SEPTEMBER ON RECORD FOR MADISON.

OCTOBER WAS ALSO ON THE COOL SIDE. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AT
MILWAUKEE WAS 47.9 DEGREES...WHICH WAS 3.5 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. IN
MADISON...IT WAS 45.2 DEGREES...WHICH WAS 4.1 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.
THIS WAS THE NINTH COOLEST OCTOBER ON RECORD FOR MADISON. HIGH
TEMPERATURES REMAINED MAINLY IN THE 40S AND 50S AFTER OCTOBER
5...WHICH CONTRIBUTED TO THE COOL AVERAGE TEMPERATURES.

NOVEMBER WAS THE ONLY MONTH OF THE AUTUMN SEASON TO EXPERIENCE ABOVE
NORMAL AVERAGE TEMPERATURES. MILWAUKEE HAD AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF
41.8 DEGREES...WHICH WAS 3.4 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. IN MADISON...IT
WAS 39.3 DEGREES...WHICH WAS 3.8 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. HIGHS FOR THE
MONTH REMAINED IN THE 40S AND 50S ACROSS MOST OF SOUTH CENTRAL AND
SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN...ESPECIALLY TOWARD THE END OF THE MONTH. THIS
HELPED KEEP THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURES MILD FOR NOVEMBER.

THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE RECORDED WAS 86.0 DEGREES AT SEVERAL SITES
IN THE SEPTEMBER 5 TO 8 PERIOD. THE COLDEST TEMPERATURE RECORDED WAS
11.0 DEGREES ABOVE ZERO AT THE LONE ROCK AIRPORT IN SAUK COUNTY ON
NOVEMBER 3.

THE FIRST FREEZE OCCURRED ON OCTOBER 12 AT MILWAUKEE...WHICH WAS 5
DAYS EARLIER THAN NORMAL. THE FIRST FREEZE OCCURRED ON OCTOBER 6 AT
MADISON...WHICH WAS ALSO 5 DAYS EARLIER THAN NORMAL.

WEATHER:

RAINFALL AND LIQUID EQUIVALENT PRECIPITATION WAS NEAR TO SLIGHTLY
ABOVE NORMAL ACROSS SOUTHERN WISCONSIN DURING THE AUTUMN SEASON.
GENERALLY...ABOUT 5.50 TO 13.00 INCHES OF RAINFALL AND LIQUID
EQUIVALENT PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS OCCURRED. NORTHERN JEFFERSON COUNTY
SAW THE MOST PRECIPITATION...WITH AMOUNTS BETWEEN 11.50 AND 24.00
INCHES. OFFICIALLY...THE MILWAUKEE AIRPORT RECEIVED 9.59
INCHES...WHICH WAS 1.10 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. THE MADISON AIRPORT
RECEIVED 8.45 INCHES...WHICH WAS 0.88 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.

MONTHLY RAINFALL AND LIQUID EQUIVALENT PRECIPITATION WERE NEAR TO
SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL ACROSS SOUTHERN WISCONSIN AS WELL. SEPTEMBER
SAW GENERALLY BETWEEN 2.00 AND 5.00 INCHES OF RAINFALL...WITH
AMOUNTS OF 5.00 TO 11.00 INCHES ACROSS MAINLY NORTHERN JEFFERSON AND
FAR SOUTHWEST DODGE COUNTIES. OFFICIALLY...THE MILWAUKEE AIRPORT WAS
0.27 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL FOR SEPTEMBER...AND THE MADISON AIRPORT WAS
0.26 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.

OCTOBER WAS NEAR TO SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL...WITH ABOUT 2.00 TO 5.00
INCHES OF PRECIPITATION. JEFFERSON COUNTY AGAIN SAW THE HIGHEST
AMOUNTS...IN THE 5.00 TO 10.00 INCH RANGE. OFFICIALLY...THE
MILWAUKEE AIRPORT WAS 0.81 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL...AND THE MADISON
AIRPORT MEASURED 0.69 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL FOR OCTOBER.

NOVEMBER CONTINUED THE NEAR TO SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION
TREND ACROSS SOUTHERN WISCONSIN...WITH A GENERAL 1.50 TO 3.00 INCHES
OBSERVED. OFFICIALLY...THE MILWAUKEE AIRPORT WAS 0.02 INCHES ABOVE
NORMAL...AND THE MADISON AIRPORT WAS 0.07 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

SNOWFALL FOR THE AUTUMN SEASON VARIED ACROSS SOUTHERN WISCONSIN. SNOW
AMOUNTS IN THE 1.0 TO 3.5 INCH RANGE WERE FOUND ACROSS MOST OF THE
AREA. THE HIGHEST AMOUNTS WERE LOCATED MAINLY ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL
WISCONSIN. OFFICIALLY...THE MILWAUKEE AIRPORT RECEIVED 0.2
INCHES...WHICH WAS 3.9 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. NOVEMBER TIED FOR THE
FOURTH LEAST SNOWIEST ON RECORD AT MILWAUKEE. THE MADISON AIRPORT
RECEIVED 5.0 INCHES...WHICH WAS 0.1 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

MARGINALLY SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN ON
SEPTEMBER 6 AND 8...AND ACROSS COLUMBIA AND JEFFERSON COUNTIES ON
SEPTEMBER 30...PRODUCED HAIL FROM 0.75 TO 1.00 INCH IN DIAMETER.

SEVERAL ROUNDS OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS AFFECTED PORTIONS OF SOUTH
CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN ON OCTOBER 1...2 AND 4. LARGE HAIL
TO GOLFBALL SIZE AND WIND GUSTS TO 65 MPH WERE OBSERVED IN
SPOTS...WITH SOME TREES DOWNED.

A SERIES OF SLOW MOVING CLUSTERS OF THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCED HEAVY
RAINFALL ACROSS PORTIONS OF SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN ON
SEPTEMBER 12...WHICH RESULTED IN FLASH FLOODING. THE WORST FLASH
FLOODING WAS OBSERVED AROUND WATERTOWN AND NORTHERN JEFFERSON
COUNTY...THE BROOKFIELD AND ELM GROVE AREA OF EASTERN WAUKESHA
COUNTY...WAUWATOSA IN WESTERN MILWAUKEE COUNTY...NORTHERN AND
EASTERN RACINE COUNTY...AND EASTERN KENOSHA COUNTY. ROADS WERE
CLOSED DUE TO SEVERAL FEET OF STANDING WATER...BASEMENTS WERE
FLOODED...AND GRAVEL SHOULDERS WERE WASHED OUT IN THESE AREAS.
RAINFALL AMOUNTS IN THESE AREAS GENERALLY MEASURED BETWEEN 2.00 AND
6.00 INCHES FOR THE 24 HOUR PERIOD ENDING ABOUT 7 AM SEPTEMBER 13.
THE HIGHEST MEASURED AMOUNT WAS 6.21 INCHES AT AN AUTOMATED RAIN
GAGE AT MILFORD IN NORTHERN JEFFERSON COUNTY.

ANOTHER PERIOD OF HEAVY RAINFALL OCCURRED FROM NOVEMBER 27 TO
NOVEMBER 29. A GENERAL 1.00 TO 1.50 INCHES OF RAIN FELL DURING THIS
PERIOD ACROSS MOST OF SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN.

DENSE FOG OCCURRED DURING THE OVERNIGHT AND EARLY MORNING HOURS ON
SEPTEMBER 14...15 AND 23. SEVERAL AIRPLANE FLIGHTS WERE DELAYED OR
CANCELLED AS A RESULT OF WIDESPREAD VISIBILITIES OF ONE QUARTER MILE
OR LESS.

THE FIRST MEASURABLE SNOWFALL AT THE MILWAUKEE AIRPORT OCCURRED ON
OCTOBER 12...WITH 0.2 INCHES. THE REST OF SOUTH CENTRAL AND
SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN MAINLY SAW TRACE PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS.

THE FIRST WIDESPREAD MEASURABLE SNOWFALL OCCURRED ACROSS MAINLY
SOUTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN ON OCTOBER 21. SNOW AMOUNTS OF UP TO 1.0
INCH WERE COMMON...WITH SOME 1.0 TO 2.0 INCH REPORTS AROUND THE
MADISON AREA. OFFICIALLY...THE MADISON AIRPORT RECEIVED 2.3 INCHES
OF SNOW.

IN ADDITION...A GENERAL 1.0 TO 3.0 INCH SNOWFALL...MIXED WITH SLEET
IN SPOTS...OCCURRED ON NOVEMBER 10 ACROSS PORTIONS OF SOUTH CENTRAL
AND SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN. LIGHTNING AND THUNDER ACCOMPANIED THE SNOW
AND SLEET NORTH OF INTERSTATE 94.

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WINTER SEASON SO FAR...DECEMBER 2006:

TEMPERATURES:

OVERALL...DECEMBER WAS MILD ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST
WISCONSIN. THE FIRST NINE DAYS OF DECEMBER WERE COLD...WITH HIGH
TEMPERATURES GENERALLY AT OR BELOW 35 DEGREES...AND FOUR OF THE NINE
NIGHTS HAVING SINGLE DIGIT LOW TEMPERATURES. HOWEVER...TEMPERATURES
REBOUNDED AFTER DECEMBER 10. HIGHS WERE GENERALLY IN THE 40S TO
LOWER 50S...WITH LOWS IN THE 20S AND 30S. OVERALL...AVERAGE
TEMPERATURES RANGED FROM ABOUT 29.0 TO 32.0 DEGREES.
OFFICIALLY...THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AT MILWAUKEE WAS 32.6
DEGREES...WHICH WAS 6.4 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. IN MADISON...IT WAS
30.5 DEGREES...WHICH WAS 7.5 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.

WEATHER:

RAINFALL AND LIQUID EQUIVALENT TOTALS FOR DECEMBER GENERALLY RANGED
FROM 1.50 TO 3.00 INCHES. THE HIGHEST AMOUNTS WERE FOUND ACROSS
MAINLY SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN. OFFICIALLY...MILWAUKEE HAD 2.91
INCHES...WHICH WAS 0.69 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. MADISON HAD 1.36
INCHES...WHICH WAS 0.30 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

SNOWFALL AMOUNTS VARIED ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN
IN DECEMBER. OFFICIALLY...MILWAUKEE RECEIVED 11.0 INCHES OF
SNOW...WITH 10.1 INCHES FALLING DURING THE MAJOR WINTER STORM
DESCRIBED BELOW. THIS IS SLIGHTLY BELOW THE AVERAGE OF 11.7 INCHES
FOR DECEMBER. MADISON RECEIVED ONLY 2.6 INCHES OF SNOW...WELL BELOW
THE AVERAGE OF 12.6 INCHES FOR DECEMBER.

A MAJOR WINTER STORM AFFECTED MAINLY SOUTHEAST AND PORTIONS OF SOUTH
CENTRAL WISCONSIN ON DECEMBER 1. 6.0 INCHES OR MORE OF SNOW FELL
SOUTHEAST OF A BRODHEAD...TO JUNEAU...TO FOND DU LAC LINE...WITH
SMALLER AMOUNTS TO THE NORTHWEST. 10.0 TO 16.0 INCHES OF SNOW FELL
ACROSS WAUKESHA...MILWAUKEE...WALWORTH...RACINE AND KENOSHA
COUNTIES. A MAXIMUM OF 17.0 INCHES FELL AT THE KENOSHA COAST GUARD
STATION. OFFICIALLY...THE MILWAUKEE AIRPORT SET A NEW SNOWFALL
RECORD OF 10.1 INCHES FOR DECEMBER 1. BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WERE
OBSERVED NEAR LAKE MICHIGAN ACROSS MILWAUKEE...RACINE AND KENOSHA
COUNTIES...WITH WIND GUSTS TO 40 MPH REDUCING VISIBILITIES TO ONE
QUARTER MILE OR LESS. LIGHTNING AND THUNDER WERE OBSERVED WITH THIS
STORM IN THESE AREAS. MANY SCHOOLS AND BUSINESSES WERE CLOSED...AND
TRAVEL WAS HAZARDOUS. PORTIONS OF MARQUETTE...GREEN
LAKE...SAUK...COLUMBIA AND IOWA COUNTIES DID NOT RECEIVE MEASURABLE
SNOW WITH THIS STORM.

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THE SULLIVAN NWS COVERAGE AREA INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING 20 COUNTIES:

COLUMBIA                              JEFFERSON                     ROCK
DANE                                       KENOSHA                          SAUK
DODGE                                   LAFAYETTE                        SHEBOYGAN
FOND DU LAC                       MARQUETTE                     WALWORTH
GREEN                                    MILWAUKEE                      WASHINGTON
GREEN LAKE                         OZAUKEE                           WAUKESHA
IOWA                                        RACINE

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HERE ARE SOME PRELIMINARY STATISTICS COVERING THESE 20 COUNTIES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE..... 100 DEGREES AT SEVERAL LOCATIONS ON JULY
18...AND AGAIN ON AUGUST 1.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE...... -22 DEGREES AT POYNETTE ON FEBRUARY
18...AND ARGYLE ON FEBRUARY 19.

MOST RAIN IN 24 HOURS... 6.21 INCHES AT MILFORD ON SEPTEMBER 12 AND
13.

MOST SNOW IN 24 HOURS... 17.0 INCHES AT KENOSHA COAST GUARD ON
DECEMBER 1 2006.

MOST RAIN IN 1 MONTH.... 10.84 INCHES AT MILFORD FOR SEPTEMBER.

MOST SNOW IN 1 MONTH.... 18.4 INCHES AT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
OFFICE NEAR SULLIVAN FOR DECEMBER 2005.

REPORTED TORNADOES:

TOTAL = 10

BY F-SCALE INTENSITY:

F0 = 8
F1 = 2
F2 = 0
F3 = 0
F4 = 0
F5 = 0

BY COUNTY:

COLUMBIA = 1
DANE = 1
DODGE = 1
FOND DU LAC = 1
GREEN = 0
GREEN LAKE = 0
IOWA = 3
JEFFERSON = 0
KENOSHA = 0
LAFAYETTE = 0
MARQUETTE = 0
MILWAUKEE = 0
OZAUKEE = 0
RACINE = 0
ROCK = 1
SAUK = 3
SHEBOYGAN = 0
WALWORTH = 0
WASHINGTON = 1
WAUKESHA = 0

NOTE: COUNTY TOTAL IS GREATER THAN 10 DUE TO SOME TORNADOES CROSSING
COUNTY BORDERS.

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NOTE...THE PRELIMINARY DATA LISTED IN THIS PRODUCT WERE TAKEN FROM
THE FOLLOWING SOURCES:

1. THE OFFICIAL OBSERVATIONAL DATA FROM GENERAL MITCHELL
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN MILWAUKEE...AND DANE COUNTY REGIONAL
AIRPORT IN MADISON.

2. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE COOPERATIVE OBSERVER NETWORK IN
SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN.

3. PRELIMINARY STORM DATA INFORMATION...FOR SEVERE WEATHER
STATISTICS.

FOR THE COOPERATIVE OBSERVER NETWORK...DATA WAS USED IF THE STATION
HAD REPORTED DAILY OBSERVATIONS AT LEAST 90 PERCENT OF THE TIME FOR
A GIVEN MONTH.

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SPECIFIC 2006 CLIMATE SUMMARIES FOR MILWAUKEE AND MADISON WERE
ISSUED ON JANUARY 8 2007.

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