December 2007 has been a snowy month in south-central and southeast Wisconsin. Through December 18th, Milwuakee has measured 23.0" and Madison has measured 23.6", both 17 inches above normal to date. These totals are currently the 6th greatest December snowfalls for both cities. Obvioiusly, more snow will fall across Wisconsin during the remainder of December, 2007, so these totals will go up. Milwaukee’s snowiest month ever was January, 1918 with 52.6", and for Madison it was February, 1934 with 37.0"
Some folks remember December, 2000 as a snowy month, and in fact, many December snowfall records were established in that month. Gurney came in with 81.6" for the month, Port Washington had 55.5", Milwaukee registered 49.5", Madison measured 35.0", and Green Bay picked up 28.9". In order to help you remember December, 2000, below is a snow map showing total snowfall for that month:
For comparative purposes, Wisconsin’s snowiest month ever was January, 1997 when 103.5" was measured in Hurley (Iron County). Hurley would ultimately receive 301.8" of snow in the 1996-97 winter season - a Wisconsin record. Milwaukee’s snowiest winter was 1885-86 when 109.8" fell, and Madison’s snowiest winter was 1978-79 when 76.1" of snow fell from the sky.
On a side note, through December 18th, Madison has had 42.93" of precipitation, making 2007 the 5th wettest year ever. The wettest year in Madison was 1881 with 52.91". Madison normally receives 32.95" of precipitation in a calendar year. Milwaukee has picked up 32.37" of precipitation through December 18th, and it normally has 34.81" of prepitation each year.