All in all, Wisconsin residents have experienced favorable weather during the 2011 fall season - but we are fast approaching winter.
Later in the upcoming winter, some locations in southern Wisconsin will resemble the scene in the picture below! Click on image for a larger version. The picture was taken in January, 2009, at the Sheboygan Airport. Our electronic technicians were serving the NWS's observation equipment..
So, why do we have a Winter Awareness Week campaign? We want to minimize the loss of life and property during winter storms, blizzards, and ice storms. In order to do so, everyone needs to know what winter weather hazards are possible and how to prepare for them. Having a Winter Awareness Week campaign gets us down the road.
Everyone is encouraged to participate in the planned events and become more aware of the dangers of winter weather in Wisconsin.
Winter hazards include the following events...
-light snows that create slippery road surfaces
-heavy snows with or without strong winds
-extreme cold and low wind chills
-widespread high winds
-glazings of freezing drizzle or freezing rain
Other indirectly-related winter hazards include...
-carbon monoxide poisoning from faulty space heaters or stoves used in homes...garages...hunting/fishing shelters.
-carbon monoxide poisoning from clogged vehicle exhaust. If your vehicle becomes stuck in deep snow make sure the exhaust pipe is free from snow.
-swallowing of vehicle anti-freeze solutions which can lead to illness and fatalities in both humans and pets.
Don/t forget about those vehicle accidents...
According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation...an average of about 20,000 vehicle accidents occur in the state each winter when roads are covered with snow...ice...or slush. This results in an average of about 60 deaths and 6,000 injuries each winter season. Many of these accidents can be avoided.
Planned Winter Awareness Week activities include...
- winter weather safety tips and other bits of information which will be broadcast on noaa weather radios that have coverage in Wisconsin.
- periodic public information statements containing winter storm terminology and safety tips sent on the NOAA Weather Wire and NOAA Weather Radio All-hazards.
- broadcast and print media messages and reports.
We encourage the assistance of members of the broadcast and print media to promote winter weather safety. Please contact your local National weather service office or Emergency Manager if you need additional information or would like to conduct an interview.
Remember the Feb 1-2, 2011, Groundhog Blizzard that struck southern Wisconsin? Were you ready for it? What did you do to prepare for it? What did you do during the blizzard? Do you need to do anything different to prepare for winter storms and/or blizzards during the 2011-2012 winter season?
The five NWS offices that service Wisconsin have worked with Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) folks to generate a variety of winter-related information that will help you prepare for the hazards associated with winters in Wisconsin. Information can be found on-line, on various computer circuits, and broadcast on NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards.
On the Wisconsin Emergency Management WEM web site, you'll find a full array of information on the 2011 Winter Awareness Week in Wisconsin. You'll want ot visit the ReadyWisconsin web site that is accessed vie WEM's web site.
We have a local Winter Awareness Page which can be found HERE. On this page you'll find a variety of winter graphics, public information statements, safety tips, and historical accounts.
We also have a winter weather "briefing-summary" page that can be found HERE
To obtain information on the latest winter-related watches, warnings, and advisories for south-central and southeast Wisconsin, click here.
The Hydrometeorological Prediction Center has a winter weather briefing page that you may find useful - click here
Feel free to review Winter Awareness Week material found on the web site of the other offices that service Wisconsin (look in their Top News of the Day section):
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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MILWAUKEE/SULLIVAN WI
213 PM CDT WED NOV 2 2011
...DATES OF FIRST SNOW AND FIRST MEASURABLE SNOW FOR MILWAUKEE AND MADISON...
EARLIEST TRACE...SEP 23 1942 (Milwaukee received its first trace of snow this fall on Nov 9, 2011)
EARLIEST MEASURABLE...OCT 6 1889 /0.1 INCH/ (Milwaukee received its first measurable snow this fall on Nov 10, 2011 - 0.1 inch)
EARLIEST ONE INCH ACCUM...OCT 17 1896 /1.0 INCH/
AVERAGE DATE FOR FIRST TRACE...OCT 28TH
AVERAGE DATE FOR FIRST MEASURABLE...NOV 14TH
AVERAGE DATE FOR FIRST ONE INCH...DEC 2ND
LATEST TRACE...DEC 5 1999
LATEST MEASURABLE...DEC 26 1888 /0.1 INCH/
LATEST ONE INCH ACCUM...JAN 20 1889 /1.0 INCH/
EARLIEST TRACE...SEP 23 1928 (Note: Madison had its first "trace" of snow this fall late on Nov 2, 2011)
EARLIEST MEASURABLE...OCT 6 1964 /0.5 INCH/ (Note: Madison had its first measurable snow this fall on Nov 9, 2011 - 1.5 inches)
EARLIEST ONE INCH ACCUM...OCT 10 1990 /3.0 INCHES/
AVERAGE DATE FOR FIRST TRACE...OCT 25TH
AVERAGE DATE FOR FIRST MEASURABLE...NOV 5TH
AVERAGE DATE FOR FIRST ONE INCH...NOV 18TH
LATEST TRACE...NOV 28 1994
LATEST MEASURABLE...DEC 15 1999 /0.9 INCH/
LATEST ONE INCH ACCUM...DEC 23 2001 /1.1 INCH/
Summary of recent winters for Milwaukee and Madison
BELOW IS A TABLE SHOWING THE SEASONAL TOTAL SNOW AMOUNTS IN INCHES
MEASURED AT THE AIRPORTS IN MILWAUKEE AND MADISON...ALONG WITH THE
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE /F/ FOR JUST THE MONTHS OF DECEMBER...JANUARY...
SEASON SNOW TEMP SEASON SNOW TEMP
2010-11 61.9 23.5 2010-11 73.1 19.5
2009-10 51.6 20.7 2009-10 38.3 25.4
2008-09 76.0 21.8 2008-09 72.0 17.1
2007-08 99.1 23.6 2007-08 101.4 18.5
2006-07 58.1 25.7 2006-07 52.5 22.8
2005-06 37.9 27.6 2005-06 47.6 24.6
2004-05 48.6 26.5 2004-05 43.7 24.9
2003-04 39.2 25.0 2003-04 26.7 22.2
2002-03 34.7 23.9 2002-03 28.8 21.2
2001-02 36.5 31.7 2001-02 31.8 29.7
2000-01 59.6 21.6 2000-01 52.2 17.5
MILWAUKEE NORMAL WINTER SNOWFALL IS 46.9 INCHES /1981-2010/
/WINTER SNOWFALL IS FOR MONTHS OF...OCT-NOV-DEC-JAN-FEB-MAR-APR-MAY/
MILWAUKEE AVERAGE D-J-F TEMPERATURE IS 24.9 F. /1981-2010/
MADISON NORMAL WINTER SNOWFALL 50.9 INCHES /1981-2010/
/WINTER SNOWFALL IS FOR MONTHS OF OCT-NOV-DEC-JAN-FEB-MAR-APR-MAY/
MADISON AVERAGE D-J-F TEMPERATURE IS 19.5 F. /1981-2010/
On average, Wisconsin experiences about 12.5 winter storms each winter season, in which at least one county received 6 inches of snow, or at least 1/4 inch ice accumulations, or blizzard conditions. This based on numbers for 1990 through 2011. If we refer to the period of 1975 through 2011, Wisconsin averages about 9.8 winter storms each winter season. Fore more details, refer to our local Winter Awareness page link - HERE.
The U.S. winter outlook can be found HERE.