Winter 2011-12 Versus 2012-13 Winter - Days With a Snow Cover

It should be obvious to everyone that southern Wisconsin experienced many more days with a snow cover during the 2012-13 winter season compared to the 2011-12 winter season.  So we took a look into the record books to get the exact number of days.

Months of November through March

Days with 1 inch snow cover at 12Z (6 am CST or 7 am CDT) 2011-2012 2012-2013
Milwaukee 25 69
Madison 38 106

Longest streak of days with 1 inch snow cover at 12Z (6 am CST or 7 am CDT) 2011-2012 2012-2013
Milwaukee 11 31
Madison 23 60

Milwaukee's longest streak in 2012-2013 was 31 days from Feb 22nd through March 24th, while Madison's longest streak in 2012-2013 was 60 days from Jan 31st through March 31st. 

Milwaukee's longest streak in 2011-2012 was 11 days from Jan 13th through Jan 23rd, while Madison's longest streak in 2011-2012 was 23 days from Jan 13th through February 4th.

Even more impressive were the total number of days with an inch or more for March and the first three months of 2013. This past March was the first on record where there was at least an inch of snow on the ground every day of the month in Madison. Also, 88 of 90 days during the first three months of 2013 had at least an inch of snow on the ground in Madison...a new record! Below are tables showing the top totals on record for Madison and Milwaukee.

 

March Snow Cover Days

Madison

Rank

Number of Days

Year

1

31

2013

2

30

1959

3

27

1960

4

26

   1993    1940
6 25

1962

7

24

2008 1979 1932

10

23

1971 1912

 

March Snow Cover Days

Milwaukee

Rank

Number of Days

Year

1

29

1960

2

24

2013
1962

4

23

2008 1979

6

22

  1965
7 17

1971

8

16

1978 1975 1959

 

Jan-Mar Snow Cover Days

           Madison

Rank

Number of Days

Year

1

88

2013

2

84

2008 1962 1959

5

83

1979

6

82

  1971
7 80

1940

8

79

1978 1924 1912

 

Jan-Mar Snow Cover Days

Milwaukee

Rank

Number of Days

Year

1

82

1979

2

81

1962

3

77

1960

4

75

  1978    1971
6 74

1982

7

71

1959

8

67

2008

9 65 1951
10 61

1994 1967

15 58 2013
2005
1974

 

Here are a couple related stories comparing the 2011-12 and 2012-13 winter/spring seasons:

April Satellite Pictures

Comparing March 

 

 


Kapela/DDV

 

WFO Milwaukee/Sullivan

 



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