Coldest or 2nd Coldest Winter on Record at Most Locations

For meteorological and climatological record keeping purposes, "winter" is defined as the months of December, January, and February.  As such, we've just closed the record books on the winter of 2013-2014.  It was a very cold winter across north-central and northeast Wisconsin. Many locations reported the 1st or 2nd coldest winter on record.  Here are the frigid stats for Green Bay, Rhinelander and Wausau. At the bottom of the page, you will find data from other locations across north-central and northeast Wisconsin.

At Green Bay:

The average temperature for the winter was 10.6 degrees or 8.8 degrees below normal. The winter of 2013-14 will go down in the record books as the 2nd coldest winter on record.  Records date back to 1886.  There were 4,870 heating degree days which ranks as the 3rd most for the winter months of December, January and February.  The following winters had more heating degree days:  4,992 in 1903-04 and 4,902 in 1976-77.   The total snowfall for the winter months of December, January and February was 61.1 inches, or 7th snowiest on record. The record is 77.1 inches set back in 2007-08.

 

Coldest Average

 

 Rank

Winter Temperature

Winter 

 

 

 

1

10.0

1903-04 

2

10.6

2013-14

3

10.8

1976-77

4

11.1

1978-79

5

11.9

1916-17

 

 At Rhinelander:

The average temperature for the winter was 4.7 degrees or 10.4 degrees below normal. The winter of 2013-14 will go down in the record books as the coldest winter on record.  Records date back to 1908.  There were 5,395 heating degree days which ranks as the most ever for the winter months of December, January and February.  The previous record for heating degree days was 5,362 in 1919-20. The snowfall total for the months of December, January and February was 62.7 inches, or 5th snowiest on record. The record is 79.0 inches set in 1968-69.

 

 

Coldest Average

 

 Rank

Winter Temperature

 Winter

 

 

 

1

4.7

2013-14

2

5.7

1916-17

3

6.1

1919-20

4

6.3

1917-18

5

7.7

1935-36

 

At Wausau:

The average temperature for the winter was 7.7 degrees or 9.8 degrees below normal. The winter of 2013-14 will go down in the record books as the 2nd coldest winter on record.  Records date back to 1895.  There were 5,137  heating degree days which ranks as the 2nd most.  Only the winter (December, January and February) of 1903-04 had more with 5,237.  Snowfall for the months of December, January and February was 64.5 inches, which set a new record. The previous snowfall record was 64.1 inches set in 1961-62.

  

 

Coldest Average

 

Rank 

Winter Temperature

 Winter

 

 

 

1

7.3

1903-04

2

7.7

2013-14

3

8.5

1916-17

4

9.4

1917-18

5

9.5

1919-20

 

 Other locations across north-central and northeast Wisconsin (based on best available data). 

 

Records Date

2013-14 Ave

 

Coldest or

 

Location

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Winter Temp

Rank

Previous Coldest

Winter

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appleton

1901

11.4

2nd

11.2 

1917-18 

Chilton

1945

11.5

2nd 

 9.4 

1903-04 

Clintonville

1952

 9.3 

1st 

10.4 

1978-79 

Hancock

1903

10.9

 3rd

 8.0 

1903-04 

Kewaunee

1909

11.9

1st

14.4 

1976-77 

Laona

1927

 5.6

1st 

8.3

1976-77

Manitowoc

1893

15.6

8th

12.7

1903-04 

Marinette

1919

11.5

1st

14.5

1978-79

Marshfield (coop site)

1912

 7.5

1st 

8.5 

1978-79 

Merrill

1906

 4.9

1st 

5.5 

1976-77 

New London

1896

 9.7

2nd 

7.6 

1903-04 

Oconto

1893

 8.9

1st 

10.1 

1919-20 

Oshkosh (coop site)

1893

11.4 

1st 

11.8 

1935-36 

Shawano

1925

 7.7 

1st 

10.9 

1978-79 

Stevens Point

1893

 8.4 

3rd

 7.4 

1903-04 

Sturgeon Bay

1905

11.4 

1st 

12.5  

1916-17 

Two Rivers

1950

12.5 

1st 

15.0 

1976-77 

Washington Island

1944

11.9 

1st 

12.7 

1976-77 

Waupaca

1896 

 9.4 

2nd

7.7

1903-04 

Wisconsin Rapids (coop site)

1903

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Note: coop site is the cooperative observer site.

NA = Data not available as of March 1st.



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