2nd Wettest Year on Record through April 28th

After a very drought stricken 2012, 2013 has made up for the precipitation deficit and then some.  Through late April, precipitation totals at Milwaukee and Madison are running well above normal for the year.  Below are graphs of precipitation for this year versus 2012, and normal values, for Milwaukee and Madison.  Though 2012 ended up quite dry by fall, it was near normal through this time of the year. 

The precipitation that has fallen this year is at record levels.  This is the second wettest year on record through April 28th at both Madison and Milwaukee.  Below are the top 5 rainfall totals, from January 1st through April 28th, for Milwaukee and Madison:

Total Precipitation
1/1 Through 4/28
Milwaukee

Rank

Inches

Year

1

15.62

1976

2

15.19

2013

3

14.95

1877

4

14.75

1974

5

14.62

1878

Total Precipitation
1/1 Through 4/28
Madison

Rank

Inches

Year

1

14.36

2008

2

13.47

2013

3

13.31

1881

4 

13.30

1973

5

13.24

1998

In addition, April 2013, through April 28th, is the wettest April on record for Milwaukee, and the third wettest April on record at Madison. 

Below are the top 5 rainfall totals, from April 1st through April 28th, for Milwaukee and Madison:

Total Precipitation 
4/1 Through 4/28
Milwaukee

Rank

Inches

Year

1

7.36

2013

2

6.49

1877

3

6.32

1973

4

6.18

1993

5

6.14

1999

Total Precipitation
4/1 Through 4/28
Madison

Rank

Inches

Year

1

6.91

1999

2

6.43

2008

3

5.78

2013

4

5.68

1909

5

5.52

1973


A number of rivers across southern Wisconsin remain swollen and out of their banks after the last round of heavy rain.  The Rock and Fox Rivers in southern Wisconsin are expected to experience long term flooding due to the heavy rainfall.  Check out the latest river stages at the 
Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service website.  


DDV/Davis/Wood/ET/MBK
NWS Milwaukee/Sullivan, WI


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