Spring: Warm, Little Snow Across Southeast Wisconsin

The meteorological spring period, March through May, was well above normal across southeast Wisconsin. Both Milwaukee and Madison finished the period with average temperatures ranking in the top 5 all time. Milwaukee's average temperature of 50.0 was 4.6 degrees above normal.  Madison had an average temperature of 50.3 degrees which was 4.5 degrees above normal.

Milwaukee

 

Average Temperature

Year

1

50.3

1991

2

50.0

2010

3

49.8

1977

4

49.1

1921

 

49.1

1985

6

48.6

1987

7

48.1

2000

8

47.8

2006

9

47.7

2007

 

47.7

1938

 Madison

 

Average Temperature

Year

1

52.3

1977

2

50.4

1878

3

50.3

2010

4

50.2

1985

5

49.9

1991

6

49.8

1946

7

49.4

1921

8

49.2

1987

9

49.0

1910

10

48.8

1880

Much of the north central and northeast US were above normal for this period.

Across southern Wisconsin, temperature departures were mostly 4 to 5 degrees, with higher departures in the north.

Spring was also on the light side for snowfall. 

Milwaukee had only 1.1 inches of snow from March 1 through May 31.  This is 9.0 inches below normal, and ranks 3rd all time for least snowfall in the period.  Madison recorded 2.7 inches of snow through the period, which was 8.0 inches below normal.

The graph below shows that the entire state of Wisconsin saw snowfall totals below 50% of normal.  Much of southern Wisconsin was less than 25%.  Some parts of western Wisconsin recorded less than 2% of normal snowfall.

 



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