2007-08 Winter Season Snowfall - One for the Ages! (Updated 4/18)

The 2007-08 winter season has been incredibly snowy...with all locations in south-central and southeast Wisconsin exceeding their normal snowfall for an entire winter season through the end of February, 2008.  Around 70 to 120 inches of snow fell this winter season across south central and southeast Wisconsin through the end of March, 2008.  In West Allis, 121.6" was measured, while 121.3" was measured at Germantown.  Other locations over 100 inches include Madison, Stoughton, Clinton, Racine, Union Grove, Beaver Dam, Holy Hill 2E, and Sullivan 3SE (WFO MKX).  Milwaukee and several other cities are within a few inches of the century mark. Many locations had roughly double a normal winter snowfall.  So we are talking about a good number of all-time winter snowfall records being set this winter....one for the ages!

Below is a graphic showing the 2007-08 winter snowfall through the end of March, 2008.  Some smoothing and estimation was used.  This graphic is very preliminary, and does not include all the possible snowfall totals from the various co-op observers that exist in Wisconsin.  Therefore, your location may have had more or less snow than is shown in the graphic.  When we have collected all of the snowfall totals the graphic will be updated.  This will be accomplished by about April 20th or so.

Wisconsin seasonal snowfall map

Below is a graphic showing the 2007 - 08 winter season snowfall for just south-central and southeast Wisconsin.   Some smoothing and estimation was used.  The exact amount your specific location received this past winter may be different than what you see in the graphic.   This graphic will be updated as more information becomes available.

SC & SE WI snow map

 

Below is a graphic showing the normal winter snowfall across all of Wisconsin.

normal winter snowfall


MADISON HAS A NEW ALL-TIME SEASONAL SNOWFALL RECORD

As of 1 am CDT, April 17th, 101.4 inches of snowfall has been recorded at Dane County Regional Airport.  This amount has made the 2007 - 08 winter season the snowiest on record in Madison.

Below is a list of the top 10 winter season snowfall amounts for Madison...

RANK    AMOUNT    SEASON

*1*        *101.4*         *2007-08*
2             76.1            1978-79
3             75.9            1885-86
4             73.7            1993-94
5             72.4            1985-86
6             71.2            1992-93
7             70.9            1909-10
8             70.7            1897-98
9             67.4            1970-71
10           67.3            1958-59

Below is a line graph of the total winter season snowfall in Madison.  The blue line shows the winter season snowfall.  The 101.4 inches for the 2007- 08 winter season through 1 am CDT, April 17th is included.

MSN snow chart

 

 COMPARISON OF THE 1978-79 WINTER SEASON TO THE 2007-08 SEASON IN MADISON

    ..MONTH..  .    .SEASON..         ..SNOW AMOUNT..          ..PRECIPITATION AMOUNT..

       NOV            1978-79                              6.2                                           3.05
                            2007-08                             1.5                                            0.39

 

   DEC      1978-79           23.0                  1.71
            2007-08           33.5                  3.63
   JAN      1978-79           26.9                  1.69
            2007-08           23.2                  2.17
   FEB      1978-79            8.7                  0.90
            2007-08           31.6      3.30
   MAR      1978-79            4.0                  2.67
            2007-08           10.9  2.47
   APR      1978-79            7.3                  2.46
            2007-08           0.7 /thru 17th/      3.16 /thru 17th/

MILWAUKEE NOW AT 2ND SNOWIEST WINTER ON RECORD

As of  1 am, CDT, April 17th, 99.1 inches of snowfall has been recorded at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee.  This amount ranked as the 2nd snowiest winter season on record at Milwaukee.

Below is a list of the top 10 winter season snowfall amounts for Milwaukee...

RANK   AMOUNT   SEASON

1            109.8         1885-86
*2*         *99.1*      *2007-08*
3              94.2         1897-98
4              93.3         1959-60
5              83.2         1973-74
6              82.9         1978-79
7              82.6         1903-04
8              81.9         1993-94
9              80.8         1922-23
10            80.7         1977-78

Below is a line graph of the total winter season snowfall in Milwaukee.  The blue line shows the winter season snowfall.  The 99.1 inches for the 2007-08 winter season through 1 am CDT, April 17th is included.

  MKE snow chart 

COMPARISON OF THE 1885-86 WINTER SEASON TO THE 2007-08 SEASON IN MILWAUKEE

 ..MONTH....SEASON.. ..SNOW AMOUNT..  ..PRECIPITATION AMOUNT..

   NOV      1885-86        1.4                  1.53
            2007-08        1.3                  0.36

   DEC      1885-86       23.3                  2.71
            2007-08       29.5                  3.49

 

        JAN      1885-86       51.2                  5.02
            2007-08       18.4                  2.07

   FEB      1885-86       15.3                  2.36
            2007-08       31.0      3.32
   MAR      1885-86       16.1                  3.42
            2007-08      18.7 3.11
   APR      1885-86        2.5                  2.77
            2007-08       0.2  /thru 17th/     2.91 /thru 17th/


The totals for Madison and Milwaukee may continue to rise...as snow is still possible during the rest of April.

The winter season in this product is defined from July 1st through June 30th of the following year.  This takes into account the entire cold season. This differs from meteorological winter...which is defined as December...and January and February of the following year.

For an explanation as to why we have had so much snow this winter in southern Wisconsin,
check the following link:  www.crh.noaa.gov/crnews/display_story.php?wfo=mkx&storyid=13029&source=0

During the 2007-08 winter season, there have been 19 winter storms in Wisconsin that left at least 6" of snow in one county.  For the period of 1975 through 2008, Wisconsin averaged 9.3 winter storms per winter season, and for the period of 1990-2008 the average increased to 12.1 winter storms per winter season.  Below is a chart showing the number of storms during each winter season going back to the 1974-75 season.

WI winter storm chart



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