Warm & Wet Winter at La Crosse and Rochester

It was a warm and wet winter for both La Crosse, WI and Rochester, MN.  More details on the 2012-13 meteorological winter can be found below.

La Crosse WI...

During meteorological winter (December 1 through February 28)...La Crosse Municipal Airport was warmer than normal...and both the precipitation and snowfall were above normal.  The information below provides more details on these statistics.

Temperatures -

From December 1st through February 28th...the average temperature at La Crosse Municipal Airport was 22.0 degrees.  This was 1.5 degrees warmer than the 1981-2010 normal of 20.5 degrees.  The average maximum temperature was 30.3 degrees.  This was 1.6 degrees warmer than the 1981-2010 normal of 28.7 degrees. The average minimum temperature was 13.8 degrees.  This was 1.6 degrees warmer than the 1981-2010 normal of 12.2 degrees.

The warmest temperature was 64 degrees on December 3rd.
The coldest temperature was -10 degrees on January 1st.

The table below contains the monthly temperatures and their departures from normal for the winter of 2012-13.

          Winter 2012-13 Temperatures
               in La Crosse WI

                  Average            Departure
   Month        Temperature         from Normal
   -----        -----------         -----------
 December       26.0 degrees        +4.4 degrees
 January        19.8 degrees        +2.4 degrees
 February       20.3 degrees        -2.2 degrees
 
 Winter         22.0 degrees        +1.5 degrees

Precipitation - 

From December 1st through February 28th...La Crosse Municipal Airport received 4.38 inches of precipitation.  This was 0.85 inches above the 1981-2010 normal of 3.53 inches.

The wettest day was December 20th when 0.61 inches of precipitation fell.

Precipitation was reported on 19 consecutive days from January 27th through February 14th.  This tied similar streaks in 1887-88 /December 14-January 1/ and 1939 /January 8-26/.  It was the longest stretch of days with precipitation since 1969-70 /December 16-January 4/.  The longest stretch of days with precipitation was 21 days in 1962 /February 7-27/.

The table below contains the monthly precipitation totals and their departures from normal for the winter of 2012-13.

          Winter 2012-13 Precipitation
               in La Crosse WI

                Precipitation         Departure
   Month            Total            from Normal
   -----        ------------         -----------
 December        1.98 inches        +0.62 inches
 January         1.09 inches        -0.03 inches
 February        1.31 inches        +0.26 inches
 
 Winter          4.38 inches        +0.85 inches

There was 50 days with measurable precipitation.  Here is a breakdown of this precipitation.

0.01 inches or more       36 days
0.10 inches or more       13 days
0.50 inches or more        1 days
1.00 inches or more        0 days

Snowfall -

From December 1st through February 28th...the snow observer near La Crosse Municipal Airport received 39.9 inches of snow.  This was 9.7 inches above the 1981-2010 normal of 30.2 inches.

The snowiest day was 6.7 inches on December 9th.

Snowfall was reported on 16 consecutive days from January 30th through February 14th.  This was the second longest stretch of days with snowfall.  The longest stretch of days was 18 days in 1969-70 /December 18-January 4/.

The table below contains the monthly snowfall totals and their departures from normal for the winter of 2012-13.

           Winter 2012-13 Snowfall
               in La Crosse WI

                  Snowfall            Departure
   Month            Total            from Normal
   -----        ------------         -----------
 December        18.3 inches        + 7.0 inches
 January          6.5 inches        - 4.2 inches
 February        15.1 inches        + 6.9 inches
 
 Winter          39.9 inches        + 9.7 inches

Snow Depth -

From December 1st through February 28th...the official snow observer near La Crosse Municipal Airport had an average snow depth of 4.1 inches. This was 0.3 inches less than the 1893-2013 average of 4.4 inches.

The greatest snow depth was 10 inches from February 6th through February 10th.

Wind -

Average wind speed was 8.1 mph.

Highest sustained wind speed was 38.0 mph from the west on January 19th.

Highest wind gust was 51 mph from the west on January 19th.

Rochester MN...

During meteorological winter /December 1 through February 28/...Rochester International Airport was warmer and wetter than normal.  Despite seeing above-normal precipitation...snowfall was below normal. The information below provides more details on these statistics.

Temperatures...

From December 1st through February 28th...Rochester International Airport had an average temperature of 20.3 degrees.  This was 1.8 degrees warmer than the 1981-2010 normal of 18.5 degrees.  The average maximum temperature was 28.2 degrees.  This was 2.0 degrees warmer than the 1981-2010 normal of 26.2 degrees. The average minimum temperature was 12.5 degrees.  This was 1.7 degrees warmer than the 1981-2010 normal of 10.8 degrees.

The warmest temperature was 62 degrees on December 3rd.
The coldest temperature was -10 degrees on January 1st and February 1st.

The table below contains the monthly temperatures and their departures from normal for the winter of 2012-13.

          Winter 2012-13 Temperatures
               in Rochester MN

                  Average            Departure
   Month        Temperature         from Normal
   -----        -----------         -----------
 December       24.0 degrees        +4.3 degrees
 January        17.5 degrees        +1.8 degrees
 February       19.4 degrees        -0.9 degrees
 
 Winter         20.3 degrees        +1.8 degrees

Precipitation...

From December 1st through February 28th...Rochester International Airport received 3.79 inches of precipitation.  This was 0.87 inches above the 1981-2010 normal of 2.92 inches.

The wettest day was December 15th when 0.37 inches of precipitation fell.

The table below contains the monthly precipitation totals and their departures from normal for the winter of 2012-13.

          Winter 2012-13 Precipitation
               in Rochester MN

                Precipitation         Departure
   Month            Total            from Normal
   -----        ------------         -----------
 December        1.79 inches        +0.56 inches
 January         0.78 inches        -0.08 inches
 February        1.22 inches        +0.39 inches
 
 Winter          5.29 inches        +2.58 inches

There was 47 days with measurable precipitation.  Here is a breakdown of this precipitation.

0.01 inches or more       35 days
0.10 inches or more       12 days
0.50 inches or more        0 days
1.00 inches or more        0 days

Snowfall...

From December 1st through February 28th...the snow observer near Rochester International Airport received 31.7 inches of snow.  This was 1.3 inches below the 1981-2010 normal of 33.0 inches.

The snowiest day was 6.2 inches on February 22nd.

The table below contains the monthly snowfall totals and their departures from normal for the winter of 2012-13.

           Winter 2012-13 Snowfall
               in Rochester MN

                  Snowfall            Departure
   Month            Total            from Normal
   -----        ------------         -----------
 December        14.4 inches        + 1.9 inches
 January          1.9 inches        -10.1 inches -  4th Least
 February        15.4 inches        + 6.9 inches - 10th Snowiest
 
 Winter          31.7 inches        - 1.3 inches

Snow Depth...

From December 1st through February 28th...the official snow observer near Rochester International Airport had an average snow depth of 3.1 inches.  This was 2.3 inches less than the long-term average of 5.4 inches. 

The greatest snow depth was 9 inches on February 23rd and February 24th.

Wind...

Average wind speed was 12.1 mph.

Highest sustained wind speed was 47.0 mph from the west northwest on January 19th.

Highest wind gust was 56 mph from the northwest on January 19th.



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