Consecutive Days With Snow Cover Streaks Have Ended (Updated 3/19)

The streaks for consecutive days of snow cover 1 inch or more recently ended at Milwaukee and Madison.  Snow cover observations are taken at 6 am CST/7 am CDT on the observation day.

Here are the rankings for snow cover:

Milwaukee (The streak has ended)

  • 92 consecutive days with a snow depth of 1 inch or more (December 9th, 2013 to March 10th, 2014).
  • This is the 2nd longest streak.
  • The record is 112 days in 1978-1979.
  • The average number of days since the early 1900s with snow cover per season is 62 (not necessarily consecutive days).
  • The 1981-2010 Climatology (30 year mean) is 59 days (not necessarily consecutive) with snow cover per season.
  • The record number of days (non consecutive) with snow cover in a season is 117 in 1978-1979.
  • The record fewest number of days is 17 in 1953-1954.
  • There were 79 consecutive days with a snow depth of 4 inches or more since December 22nd, 2013.  That number is tied for 1st.  There were also 79 days during the 78-79 winter.
  • There were 51 consecutive days with a snow depth of 6 inches or more since January 18th, 2014.  This ranks 2nd.  There were 74 days during the 78-79 winter.
  • There were 72 days (not consecutive) with snow depth of at least 6 inches. This ranks 2nd. The record is 74 during the 78-79 winter.

Madison (The streak has ended)

  • 99 consecutive days with a snow depth 1 inch or more (December 9th, 2013 to March 17th, 2014).
  • This is the 5th longest streak.
  • The record is 118 days in 1978-1979.
  • This is the longest streak since 2009-2010 when there was 93 days.
  • 110 consecutive days occurred during 2007-2008.
  • The average number of days since the early 1900s with snow cover per season is 61 (not necessarily consecutive days).
  • The 1981-2010 Climatology (30 year mean) is 76 days (not necessarily consecutive) with snow cover per season.
  • The record number of days (non consecutive) with snow cover in a season is 125 in 1978-1979.
  • The record fewest number of days is 23 in 1953-1954.
  • There were 80 consecutive days with snow depth of 4 inches or more from December 22, 2013 to March 11, 2014. This is the 6th longest streak. There were 104 days during the 1985-1986 winter.
  • There were 31 consecutive days with a snow depth of 6 inches or more, from January 26th to February 25, 2014.  That number is tied for 23rd.  There were 103 days during the 1985-1986 winter.
  • There were 64 days (not consecutive) with snow depth of at least 6 inches.  This is tied for 14th.  There were 105 days during the 1985-1986 winter.

Jeff Craven,  Science and Operations Officer
Sarah Marquardt, Meteorologist
J. J. Wood, Meteorologist
National Weather Service Milwaukee/Sullivan, WI


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