Most below zero days in Milwaukee in 20 years

So far this 2013-2014 winter season (through Jan 24th), the following are the total number of days with low temperatures of zero or below: 

Milwaukee:  16 days

  • This is the most days at or below zero since 16 days in the 1993-1994 winter season.
  • The normal for a season based on 1981-2010 climatology is 8 days per season
  • The average since records began in 1871 is 12 days per season
  • The record for most days is 41 in 1884-1885;  the record for least days is zero in 2009-2010 (the lowest temperature was +1F)
  • Current forecasts call for 4 more zero or below days in the next week.  This would bring the season total to 20, which would be the most since 23 days during the 1981-1982 winter.

Madison:  22 days 

  • This is the most days at or below zero since 24 days in the 2008-2009 winter season
  • The normal for a season based on 1981-2010 climatology is 17 days per season
  • The average since records began in 1869 is 20 days per season
  • The record for most days is 51 in 1884-1885;  the record for least days is 2 in 1997-1998
  • Current forecasts call for 5 more zero or below days in the next week.  This would bring the season total to 27, which would tie 2007-2008 for the most days since 31 in the 1995-1996 winter season.

So far this winter (Dec 1 - Jan 24), Milwaukee ranks 17th coldest and Madison ranks 16th coldest. Records start in 1871 for Milwaukee and 1869 for Madison.

The following years were not included due to incomplete data: 1893 for Milwaukee and 1873, 1875, and 1877 for Madison.


 

Jeff Craven,  Science and Operations Officer

Marcia Cronce, Forecaster

Sarah Marquardt, Forecaster

National Weather Service Milwaukee/Sullivan WI



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