Updated With Graphics and More Listings -- Record Wet Period/Start to 2008 Continues

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI
220 AM CDT TUE JUL 22 2008

...RECORD WET PERIOD ACROSS THE ENTIRE AREA OVER THE LAST YEAR...

BEGINNING ABOUT THIS TIME LAST YEAR /LATE JULY 2007/ THE PATTERN
SHIFTED TO ONE OF UNPRECEDENTED WETNESS OVER MUCH OF EASTERN
IOWA...SOUTHERN WISCONSIN...INTO EXTREME SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA.
MULTIPLE ROUNDS OF HEAVY PRECIPITATION HAVE OCCURRED...WITH HISTORIC
AND RECORD BREAKING RAINFALL AND FLOODING EVENTS EMBEDDED WITHIN THE
LARGER SCALE WET PERIOD. ADDED TO THAT...WAS A RECORD TO NEAR RECORD
WINTER IN TERMS OF SNOWFALL FOR PORTIONS OF THE AREA.

IN THE TABLE BELOW IS A LISTING OF THE TOTAL PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS
AT VARIOUS OBSERVING SITES IN THE NWS LA CROSSE COUNTY WARNING AREA
/CWA/ FOR THE PERIOD OF JULY 21 2007 THROUGH JULY 20 2008...OR 365
DAYS. THE PRECIPITATION FOR THIS PERIOD IS GIVEN...FOLLOWED BY THE
RECORD /OR PREVIOUS RECORD IF ALREADY BROKEN/ AND THE NUMBER OF
YEARS IN THE RECORDED HISTORY FOR THAT PARTICULAR LOCATION.
THE 12 MONTH TOTAL IS COLORED RED IF IT HAS BROKEN THE RECORD.


IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THE AVERAGE PRECIPITATION DURING THIS
TIME PERIOD RANGES FROM 30 TO 33 INCHES...AND SOME OF THE VALUES
AT THE TOP OF THIS TABLE EXCEED THE NORMAL PRECIPITATION BY 25 TO
30 INCHES OVER THE LAST YEAR.

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LOCATION          LAST 12 MONTHS (IN)  RECORD (IN) YEAR   PD OF RECORD
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WAUKON (IA)             67.96           46.10    1940-1941   74 YEARS
DORCHESTER (IA)         65.03           50.55    1982-1983   61 YEARS
VIROQUA (WI)            65.45           49.68    1980-1981  115 YEARS
LANCASTER (WI)          63.88           55.26    1992-1993  115 YEARS
WESTBY  (WI)            63.40           50.94    1959-1960   52 YEARS
GAYS MILLS (WI)         62.92           48.91    1992-1993   52 YEARS
PLATTEVILLE (WI)        62.82           55.20    1992-1993   72 YEARS
ELKADER (IA)            62.44           50.71    1961-1962  115 YEARS
ONTARIO (WI)            61.63           47.14    1992-1993   33 YEARS
LA CRESCENT L/D 7 (MN)  60.71           46.57    1972-1973   69 YEARS
GENOA L/D 8  (WI)       60.62           49.13    1959-1960   72 YEARS
DECORAH (IA)            59.62           49.01    1992-1993  115 YEARS
RICHLAND CENTER (WI)    59.35           54.24    1992-1993  100 YEARS
HILLSBORO (WI)          59.02           45.38    1992-1993   60 YEARS
NEW HAMPTON (IA)        58.65           50.19    1992-1993  111 YEARS
CALEDONIA (MN)          58.59           47.69    1959-1960  116 YEARS
GUTTENBERG L/D 10 (IA)  58.45           48.79    1961-1962   71 YEARS
FAYETTE (IA)            58.20           52.89    1961-1962  115 YEARS
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN (WI)   58.49           50.85    1992-1993  115 YEARS
LANESBORO (MN)          57.15           49.22    1982-1983   69 YEARS
WINONA (MN)             56.24           51.16    1972-1973  123 YEARS
HOKAH (MN)              53.30           50.76    1980-1981   60 YEARS
CHARLES CITY (IA)       53.20           46.54    1998-1999  115 YEARS
PRESTON (MN)            53.10           49.65    1982-1983   56 YEARS
LA CROSSE               52.98           48.44    1972-1973  136 YEARS
LYNXVILLE L/D 9 (WI)    51.58           45.47    1992-1993   72 YEARS
WAUCOMA (IA)            52.27           45.05    1990-1991   54 YEARS
OSAGE (IA)              51.55           51.62    1980-1981  115 YEARS
POSTVILLE (IA)          51.29           50.47    1992-1993  115 YEARS
NECEDAH (WI)            50.25           42.29    1959-1960   55 YEARS
GALESVILLE  (WI)        48.94           45.49    1972-1973   70 YEARS
ELGIN (MN)              48.19           45.11    1973-1974   69 YEARS
HARMONY (MN)            48.13           47.07    1983-1984   69 YEARS
WINONA L/D 5A (MN)      47.84           44.48    1972-1973   69 YEARS
THEILMAN (MN)           47.72           42.03    1997-1998   70 YEARS
GRAND MEADOW (MN)       47.71           51.70    1911-1912  121 YEARS
SPARTA (WI)             47.51           44.53    1972-1973  115 YEARS
ROCHESTER (MN)          46.69           39.98    1999-2000  122 YEARS
MINNESOTA CITY L/D (MN) 46.53           46.76    1972-1973   69 YEARS
ALMA (WI)               46.36           48.31    1992-1993   72 YEARS
TREMPEALEAU L/D 6 (WI)  44.68           46.07    1972-1973   72 YEARS
MONDOVI (WI)            44.35           44.84    1992-1993  100 YEARS
LAKE CITY (MN)          43.84           40.10    1997-1998  112 YEARS
HATFIELD (WI)           42.61           48.91    1972-1973  112 YEARS
WABASHA (MN)            42.20           45.04    1992-1993  116 YEARS
BLAIR (WI)              39.38           46.31    1992-1993  112 YEARS
OWEN (WI)               33.62           42.61    1972-1973   62 YEARS
MEDFORD (WI)            32.25           52.65    1904-1905  119 YEARS

THE DATA IN THE TABLE ABOVE MAY NOT BE ENTIRELY COMPLETE...AS SEVERAL
LOCATIONS HAD MISSING ENTRIES FOR PRECIPITATION ON VARIOUS DAYS
THROUGHOUT THE LAST 12 MONTHS.


FOR THE PERIOD JANUARY 1ST 2008 TO JULY 19TH 2008...LA CROSSE
HAS HAD 28.60 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION. THIS IS THE 2ND HIGHEST
PRECIPITATION TOTAL FOR THIS PERIOD...SECOND ONLY TO THE 29.80
INCHES THAT FELL IN 1993.

THE JANUARY 1ST 2008 TO JULY 19TH 2008 PERIOD HAS NOT BEEN QUITE SO
WET AT ROCHESTER. THE 19.98 INCHES THAT HAS FALLEN AT ROCHESTER SO
FAR THIS YEAR IS TIED WITH 1915 AND 1942 FOR 16TH PLACE. THE RECORD
PRECIPITATION FOR THIS PERIOD AT ROCHESTER IS 28.72 INCHES IN 1990.
$$

BINAU/RRS

Graphics - Courtesy of Midwest Regional Climate Center

Below is a graphic of total precipitation (left) as described in the table above, and the departure from normal (right) during this time period. Click the images for a higher resolution image!

Total Precipitation July 21 2007 - July 20 2008Total Precipitation July 21 2007 - July 20 2008 Departure from Normal



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