A Very Cold and Snowy Start to the Winter of 2013-14

The winter of 2013-14, through the first two months of the season (December-January), ranks as one of the colder starts to winter of the last 120 years--but nowhere near the coldest on record. Just recently in Green Bay, the winter of 2008-09 was colder at this point in the season. Even so, the season's average temperature (through January 31) is 8 to 10 degrees colder than average across the state.

 Green Bay Wausau
December-January
Rank Winter Avg Temp °F

1

1976-1977

6.1

2

1886-1887

10.4

3

1917-1918

10.5

4

1919-1920

10.6

5

2008-2009

11.3

6

1983-1984

11.6

7

1903-1904

11.7

8T

2013-2014

11.9

8T

1958-1959

11.9

10

1978-1979 12.0

11

1892-1893

12.1

12

1950-1951

12.7

13

1985-1986

13.1

14

1970-1971 13.3
Data back to 1886
December-January
Rank Winter Avg Temp °F

1

1976-1977

5.3

2

1919-1920

6.9

3

1917-1918

7.2

4

2013-2014

8.3

5

2008-2009

8.7

6

1958-1959

8.8

7

1978-1979

9.6

8T

1983-1984

10.1

8T

1962-1963

10.1

10

1950-1951

10.2

11

1916-1917

10.4

12

1958-1959

11.1

13

1985-1986

11.5

14

1981-1982

11.9
(Preliminary data)
Data back to 1895

 

December-January Temperature Departure from Mean
Temperature departure map - Click for larger view

 

In addition to the cold, it's been snowy this season. Snowfall is running about ten inches above the long-term average (1981-2010) across the area. Much of northeast Wisconsin has seen 35 to 45 inches of snow (measured October 1 through January 31), with higher amounts in the Lake Superior snowbelt.

October-January Snowfall Departure from Mean



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