Christmas Day Weather Facts for Milwaukee and Madison Updated 12/26/11 2 PM

 Did we have a white Christmas?

Well, that depended on where you live. There was a general trace to 1 inch of snow on the ground, mainly west and north of Madison, to the Fond du Lac and Sheboygan areas. So, some of these areas did observe a white Christmas. Areas south of here did not have any snow on the ground. See the image below:



A white Christmas is defined as a snow depth of at least 1 inch observed on the ground on Christmas day.  The map below shows the probability of a white Christmas for the Continental United States (from the National Climatic Data Center).  This
probability is computed from snow depth observations on Christmas day for the full period of record for each station.  Note: this is a climatological probability.  For southeast Wisconsin, this map essentially shows that 3 out of 4 Christmases would meet the conditions for a white Christmas.

 

 

Here are Christmas Eve and Christmas Day weather facts for Milwaukee and Madison:

 .MILWAUKEE

RECORDS SHOW THAT THERE HAS BEEN A WHITE CHRISTMAS APPROXIMATELY 48
PERCENT OF THE TIME. OVER THE 118 YEAR PERIOD OF SNOW DEPTH
RECORDS...THERE HAVE BEEN 57 OCCURRENCES OF AN INCH OR MORE OF SNOW
ON THE GROUND ON CHRISTMAS DAY.

BELOW ARE THE LAST 10 YEARS ON RECORD FOR WHEN WE HAD A CHRISTMAS
EVE OR A CHRISTMAS DAY WITHOUT ANY SNOW ON THE GROUND AND NO SNOWFALL
OCCURRING ON THAT DAY...SNOWFALL RECORDS GO BACK TO 1884...AND SNOW
DEPTH RECORDS GO BACK TO 1893...

YEAR

DEC. 24 2011
DEC. 24 2006
DEC. 24 2004
DEC. 24 1998
DEC. 24 1996
DEC. 24 1990
DEC. 24 1986
DEC. 24 1982
DEC. 24 1971
DEC. 24 1946

YEAR

DEC. 25 2011
DEC. 25 2006
DEC. 25 1998
DEC. 25 1995
DEC. 25 1986
DEC. 25 1982
DEC. 25 1955
DEC. 25 1943
DEC. 25 1939
DEC. 25 1938

DATA FOR CHRISTMAS EVE OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS...

YEAR HIGH LOW PRECIP SNOW SNOW ON
FALL THE GROUND
DEC. 24 2011 39 22 0.00 0.0 0
DEC. 24 2010 32 26 T T T
DEC. 24 2009 37 32 0.44 0.1 4
DEC. 24 2008 36 9 0.14 1.4 13
DEC. 24 2007 23 18 0.00 0.0 2
DEC. 24 2006 45 27 0.00 0.0 0
DEC. 24 2005 38 32 T 0.0 3
DEC. 24 2004 10 -4 0.00 0.0 0
DEC. 24 2003 28 16 T T T
DEC. 24 2002 30 20 T 0.1 0

 DATA FOR CHRISTMAS DAY OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS...
 
 YEAR            HIGH    LOW    PRECIP    SNOW     SNOW ON
                                          FALL     THE GROUND
 DEC. 25 2011     42     31      0.00     0.0         0
 DEC. 25 2010     33     28      0.03     0.6         T
 DEC. 25 2009     42     23      0.96      T          2
 DEC. 25 2008     28      0        T       T         13
 DEC. 25 2007     39     18      0.00     0.0         1
 DEC. 25 2006     38     31      0.00     0.0         0
 DEC. 25 2005     36     33      0.00     0.0         2
 DEC. 25 2004     19     10      0.01     0.3         0
 DEC. 25 2003     34     18      0.00     0.0         T
 DEC. 25 2002     30     24        T       T          0

.MILWAUKEE CLIMATE STATISTICS FOR CHRISTMAS DAY...

NORMALS ARE DERIVED FROM 1981-2010 DATA

NORMAL HIGH............30 DEGREES
NORMAL LOW.............18 DEGREES
NORMAL PRECIP........0.06 INCHES
NORMAL SNOWFALL.......0.4 INCHES
WARMEST HIGH...........61 IN 1962
COLDEST LOW...........-12 IN 1983
COLDEST HIGH...........-2 IN 1983 ** THE ONLY CHRISTMAS WITH
WARMEST LOW............45 IN 1936 LOW MAX AT ZERO OR BELOW **
MOST PRECIPITATION...0.96 IN 2009
MOST SNOWFALL.........6.0 IN 1909
HIGHEST SNOW DEPTH.....25 IN 2000

.MADISON

RECORDS SHOW THAT THERE HAS BEEN A WHITE CHRISTMAS APPROXIMATELY 69
PERCENT OF THE TIME. OVER THE 106 YEAR PERIOD OF SNOW DEPTH
RECORDS...THERE HAVE BEEN 73 OCCURRENCES OF AN INCH OR MORE OF SNOW
ON THE GROUND ON CHRISTMAS DAY.

BELOW ARE THE LAST 10 YEARS ON RECORD FOR WHEN WE HAD A CHRISTMAS
EVE OR A CHRISTMAS DAY WITHOUT ANY SNOW ON THE GROUND AND NO SNOWFALL
OCCURRING ON THAT DAY...SNOWFALL RECORDS GO BACK TO 1884...AND SNOW
DEPTH RECORDS GO BACK TO 1905.

YEAR

DEC. 24 2006
DEC. 24 2002
DEC. 24 1982
DEC. 24 1971
DEC. 24 1957
DEC. 24 1943
DEC. 24 1939
DEC. 24 1932
DEC. 24 1917
DEC. 24 1913

YEAR

DEC. 25 2006
DEC. 25 1982
DEC. 25 1979
DEC. 25 1971
DEC. 25 1955
DEC. 25 1943
DEC. 25 1939
DEC. 25 1936
DEC. 25 1931
DEC. 25 1917

DATA FOR CHRISTMAS EVE OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS...

YEAR HIGH LOW PRECIP SNOW SNOW ON
FALL THE GROUND
DEC. 24 2011 39 20 0.00 0.0 T
DEC. 24 2010 28 23 0.01 2.0 7
DEC. 24 2009 35 32 0.46 T 7
DEC. 24 2008 31 4 0.28 2.9 13
DEC. 24 2007 20 15 T T 6
DEC. 24 2006 42 21 0.00 0.0 0
DEC. 24 2005 35 28 T 0.0 5
DEC. 24 2004 12 -6 0.00 0.0 T
DEC. 24 2003 25 12 0.00 0.0 T
DEC. 24 2002 26 11 0.00 0.0 0

 DATA FOR CHRISTMAS DAY OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS...
 
 YEAR            HIGH    LOW    PRECIP    SNOW     SNOW ON
                                          FALL     THE GROUND
 DEC. 25 2011     43     23      0.00     0.0         T
 DEC. 25 2010     30     20        T       T          7
 DEC. 25 2009     40     17      0.49      1          5
 DEC. 25 2008     21     -7      0.01     0.2        15
 DEC. 25 2007     37     20      0.00     0.0         5
 DEC. 25 2006     33     26      0.00     0.0         0
 DEC. 25 2005     36     32        T       T          4
 DEC. 25 2004     20     12      0.05     1.4         1
 DEC. 25 2003     36     12      0.00     0.0         T
 DEC. 25 2002     25     22        T       T          0

 .MADISON CLIMATE STATISTICS FOR CHRISTMAS DAY...

NORMALS ARE DERIVED FROM 1981-2010 DATA

NORMAL HIGH............28 DEGREES
NORMAL LOW.............13 DEGREES
NORMAL PRECIP........0.04 INCHES
NORMAL SNOWFALL.......0.4 INCHES
WARMEST HIGH...........56 IN 1982
COLDEST LOW...........-21 IN 2000
COLDEST HIGH...........-5 IN 1983
WARMEST LOW............45 IN 1936
MOST PRECIPITATION...0.67 IN 1876
MOST SNOWFALL.........3.5 IN 1950
HIGHEST SNOW DEPTH.....16 IN 1985

NWS Milwaukee/Sullivan WI

 



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