It was the 20th coldest January on record in Milwaukee. You have to go back 32 years to find a colder January in Milwaukee which was in 1982. January of 1982 ranks 5th coldest.
It was the 30th coldest January on record in Madison. Other recent Januarys that were colder: January 2009 ranks 23rd, and January 1994 ranks 15th.
Temperature for the month was 7 to 11 degrees below average across southern Wisconsin. Milwaukee's average temperature was 14.1, which is 8.2 degrees below average. Madison's average temperature was 11.4, which is 7.4 degrees below average. In the timeseries below you can see that the majority of days were near or below normal.
Precipitation (liquid equivalent of melted snow) was about a half inch below average across southern Wisconsin. Milwaukee's total precipitation was 1.11 inches, which was 0.65 inches below average. However, snowfall was 4.9 inches above average in Milwaukee. Milwaukee had 19.6 inches of snow. Madison's total precipitation was 0.65 inches, which was 0.58 inches below average. Snowfall was close to average in Madison, totaling 12.4 inches.
Snowfall for the 2013-2014 winter season so far (Oct - Feb 1) ranks as the 16th snowiest in Milwaukee and Madison.
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