August and Summer Wrap Up

August

Southern Wisconsin ended up with a pretty typical August in terms of average temperature. However, we were a bit on the dry side in terms of precipitation. Madison ended up with about 36% of the normal amount of rainfall and Milwaukee, 82%.

The maps below show from left to right: the average temperature this August, the departure from the normal average temperature, the total accumulated precipitation, and the percent of normal accumulated precipitation. Click each image for a larger version. (Maps courtesy of the Midwestern Regional Climate Center)

August 2013 Average Temperature August 2013 Average Temperature Departure From Normal August 2013 Precipitation Total

August 2013 Precipitation Percent of Normal

The next two images show a high detail, zoomed in version of the August precipitation analyses. The map on the left shows the observed precipitation and the map on the right shows the percent of normal precipitation. Click each image for a larger version.

August 2013 Precipitation Total Zoomed

August 2013 Precipitation Total Zoomed

Click below for the:

Milwaukee Monthly Climate Summary

Madison Monthly Climate Summary

Summer

This summer southern Wisconsin experienced heat waves, cool spells, and extended periods of both wet and dry weather. Temperatures ended up evening out to around normal in both Milwaukee and Madison. However, Madison had the 13th wettest summer on record received, while Milwaukee ended up with about an inch less precipitation than normal. 

The maps below show from left to right: the average temperature this summer, the departure from the normal average temperature, the total accumulated precipitation, and the percent of normal accumulated precipitation. Click each image for a larger version. (Maps courtesy of the Midwestern Regional Climate Center)

Summer 2013 Average Temperature Summer 2013 Average Temperature Departure From Normal Summer 2013 Precipitation Total

Summer 2013 Precipitation Percent of Normal

The video below shows the movement of high and low pressure systems at the mid-levels (500 mb) of our atmosphere this summer. Highlights in the video include when southern Wisconsin experienced a week of torrential rainfall, a heat wave, and a cool spell. In addition, here are a few write ups about the highlights from this summer: torrential rainfall, the tornado drought ends, June wrap up, heat wave, heavy rainfall July 21st and 22nd, cool spell, and July wrap up.

Click below for the:

Milwaukee Seasonal Climate Summary

Madison Seasonal Climate Summary

Year-To-Date

2013 remains a very wet year, largely due to our wet spring and June. In Milwaukee this is the 9th wettest year-to-date on record (30.13") and in Madison this is the 3rd wettest year-to-date (36.48"), behind 1880 (37.76") and 1993 (36.79"). Click each image for a larger version.

Milwaukee Year To Date Precipitation Graph Madison Year To Date Precipitation Graph


Brooks

NWS Milwaukee/Sullivan



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