Milwaukee & Madison Christmas Eve/Christmas Day Weather Facts

Milwaukee

Prior to 2013, there has been a white Christmas approximately 49
percent of the time in Milwaukee since snow depth records began.
Over the 119 year period of snow depth records, there have been
58 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.

 

CHRISTMAS EVE

 

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

CHRISTMAS DAY

 

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 2012 30 23 T T 1

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 2012     31     21        T       T          1
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 1982
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

Prior to 2013, there has been a white Christmas in Madison approximately
69 percent of the time since snow depth records began. Over the 107
year period of snow depth records...There have been 74 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.

 

CHRISTMAS EVE


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

CHRISTMAS DAY

 

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 2012 24 11 T T 9

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 2012     19      8      0.00     0.0         9

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

 

Below is a map showing the likelihood of a white Christmas based on the

1981-2010 U.S. Climate Normals from NOAA's National Climatic Data Center.

Click the map to go directly to the Climate.gov news story "What are your

chances for a white Christmas?

 

 


 

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