Little snow this winter: How does it rank?

                        Issued 11:40 am CST Mon Jan 9 2011

     So far this winter season, less than 5 inches of snow has fallen about both Madison and Milwaukee official observation sites at the airports.  Looking back into the 1800s, these both rank in the top 20 for least snowfall from July 1st to Jan 9th of a snow season.   Milwaukee ranks 3rd with just 1.7" so far, and Madison 11th with 4.4".

Although this is uncommon, keep in mind that only 10 years ago Milwaukee saw just 2.6" during that 193 day period.   And for Madison, during that same period, there was 2.3" of snow 10 years ago and 4.2" 9 years ago.  So similar low snow totals through early January has happened within the last decade across southern Wisconsin. 

Milwaukee

Rank  Snow (in.)    Ending Date
  1          1.1            1/ 9/1889
  2         1.3            1/ 9/1907 
  3     1.7        1/ 9/2012

  4        2.6            1/ 9/2002
  5        2.8            1/ 9/1949,  1/ 9/1890
  7        2.9            1/ 9/1940
  8        3.5            1/ 9/1983,  1/ 9/1914
  10       3.9           1/ 9/1928 

Madison

Rank  Snow (in.)    Ending Date
  1         0.7          1/ 9/1914,  1/ 9/1900
  3        0.9          1/ 9/1940 
  4        1.8          1/ 9/1902
  5        2.3         1/ 9/2002
  6        3.4         1/ 9/1916
  7        3.6         1/ 9/1933
  8        3.8         1/ 9/1983
  9        4.2         1/ 9/2003,  1/ 9/1907
 11     4.4      1/ 9/2012


Jeff Craven,  Science and Operations Officer

National Weather Service Milwaukee/Sullivan WI



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