Climatological Report (Seasonal)
Issued by NWS La Crosse, WI

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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI
212 AM CST SUN MAR 5 2017

...ANOTHER WARM AND WET WINTER IN LA CROSSE WI...

DURING METEOROLOGICAL WINTER (DECEMBER 1 THROUGH FEBRUARY 28),
LA CROSSE REGIONAL AIRPORT WHAD THEIR 7TH WARMEST AND 6TH WETTEST
WINTER.  THE INFORMATION BELOW PROVIDES MORE DETAILS ON THESE
STATISTICS.

TEMPERATURES -  7TH WARMEST WINTER

FROM DECEMBER 1ST THROUGH FEBRUARY 28TH...THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
AT LA CROSSE REGIONAL AIRPORT WAS 26.7 DEGREES.  THIS WAS
6.2 DEGREES WARMER THAN THE 1981-2010 WINTER NORMAL OF 20.5 DEGREES.
THIS WAS THE 7TH WARMEST WINTER IN LA CROSSE WI.  IT IS INTERESTING
TO NOTE THAT 5 OF THE TEN WARMEST WINTER HAVE OCCURRED SINCE THE
WINTER OF 1997-98, AND THREE OF THEM HAVE OCCURRED IN THIS DECADE.

HERE ARE THE TEN WARMEST WINTERS IN LA CROSSE WI.

           WARMEST WINTERS
           IN LA CROSSE WI

              AVERAGE
   RANK     TEMPERATURE      WINTER
   ----     -----------      ------
     1     34.2 DEGREES     1877-78
     2     29.8 DEGREES     1881-82
     3     29.2 DEGREES     2001-02
     4     29.0 DEGREES     1997-98
     5     27.8 DEGREES     1930-31
     6     27.0 DEGREES     2011-12
     7     26.7 DEGREES     2016-17
     8     26.4 DEGREES     2015-16
           26.4 DEGREES     1931-32
    10     26.1 DEGREES     1943-44

THE AVERAGE MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE WAS 33.7 DEGREES.  THIS WAS
5.0 DEGREES WARMER THAN THE 1981-2010 NORMAL OF 28.7 DEGREES. THIS
WAS THE 11TH WARMEST AND THE WARMEST SINCE THE WINTER OF 2011-12
(34.9 DEGREES - 7TH WARMEST).

THE AVERAGE MINIMUM TEMPERATURE WAS 19.7 DEGREES. THIS WAS
7.5 DEGREES WARMER THAN THE 1981-2010 NORMAL OF 12.2 DEGREES.
THIS WAS THE 6TH WARMEST AND THE WARMEST SINCE THE WINTER OF
2001-02 (21.2 DEGREES - 4TH WARMEST).

THE TABLE BELOW CONTAINS THE MONTHLY TEMPERATURES AND THEIR
DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL FOR THE WINTER OF 2016-17.

          WINTER 2016-17 TEMPERATURES
               IN LA CROSSE WI

                  AVERAGE            DEPARTURE
   MONTH        TEMPERATURE         FROM NORMAL
   -----        -----------         -----------
 DECEMBER       23.5 DEGREES       + 1.9 DEGREES
 JANUARY        24.0 DEGREES       + 6.6 DEGREES - 17TH WARMEST
 FEBRUARY       33.3 DEGREES       +10.8 DEGREES -  5TH WARMEST

 WINTER         26.7 DEGREES       +6.2 DEGREES - 7TH WARMEST

THE WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS 65 DEGREES ON FEBRUARY 19TH.
THE ONLY WINTER WHICH HAD A WARMER TEMPERATURE WAS THE WINTER OF
1998-99 (67 DEGREES).

THE COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS 1 DEGREE ON DECEMBER 18TH.

THE WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE WAS 45 DEGREES ON FEBRUARY 20TH.

THE COLDEST LOW TEMPERATURE WAS -16 DEGREES ON DECEMBER 18TH.

THE DAILY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES WERE ABOVE NORMAL ON 71 DAYS
(78.9 PERCENT), BELOW NORMAL ON 18 DAYS (20.0 PERCENT), AND
NORMAL ON 1 DAY (0.01 PERCENT).

THE TEMPERATURE FELL BELOW ZERO 10 TIMES. NORMALLY...THERE ARE
21 SUB-ZERO TEMPERATURES IN A WINTER.

PRECIPITATION - 6TH WETTEST

FROM DECEMBER 1ST THROUGH FEBRUARY 28TH, LA CROSSE REGIONAL
AIRPORT RECEIVED 6.05 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION.  THIS WAS
2.52 INCHES WETTER THAN THE 1981-2010 WINTER NORMAL OF
3.53 INCHES.  THIS MADE IT THE 6TH WETTEST WINTER IN LA CROSSE.

           WETTEST WINTERS
           IN LA CROSSE WI

           PRECIPITATION
   RANK        TOTAL         WINTER
   ----    -------------     ------
     1      7.47 INCHES     1875-76
     2      6.58 INCHES     2015-16
     3      6.37 INCHES     1921-22
     4      6.24 INCHES     1931-32
     5      6.22 INCHES     1885-86
     6      6.05 INCHES     2016-17
     7      5.94 INCHES     1891-92
     8      5.76 INCHES     1914-15
     9      5.70 INCHES     1928-29
    10      5.64 INCHES     1936-37

THE TABLE BELOW CONTAINS THE MONTHLY PRECIPITATION TOTALS
AND THEIR DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL FOR THE WINTER OF 2015-16.

          WINTER 2016-17 PRECIPITATION
               IN LA CROSSE WI

                PRECIPITATION         DEPARTURE
   MONTH            TOTAL            FROM NORMAL
   -----        ------------         -----------
 DECEMBER        2.19 INCHES        +0.83 INCHES
 JANUARY         2.69 INCHES        +1.57 INCHES - 6TH WETTEST
 FEBRUARY        1.17 INCHES        +0.12 INCHES

 WINTER          6.05 INCHES        +2.52 INCHES - 6TH WETTEST

THE WETTEST DAY WAS ON JANUARY 10TH WHEN 0.81 INCHES OF
PRECIPITATION FELL.

PRECIPITATION FELL ON 53 DAYS (58.9 PERCENT). MEASURABLE
PRECIPITATION FELL ON 28 DAYS (31.1 PERCENT).  TRACE AMOUNTS
OF PRECIPITATION FELL ON 25 DAYS (27.8 PERCENT).

SNOWFALL - SNOWIER-THAN-NORMAL

FROM DECEMBER 1ST THROUGH FEBRUARY 28TH, THE SNOW OBSERVER
NEAR LA CROSSE REGIONAL AIRPORT RECEIVED 34.2 INCHES OF
SNOW.  THIS WAS 4.0 INCHES BELOW THE 1981-2010 NORMAL OF
30.2 INCHES.

THE TABLE BELOW CONTAINS THE MONTHLY SNOWFALL TOTALS AND
THEIR DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL FOR THE WINTER OF 2016-17.

           WINTER 2016-17 SNOWFALL
               IN LA CROSSE WI

                  SNOWFALL            DEPARTURE
   MONTH            TOTAL            FROM NORMAL
   -----        ------------         -----------
 DECEMBER        20.8 INCHES         +9.5 INCHES - 11TH SNOWIEST
 JANUARY          9.5 INCHES         -1.2 INCHES
 FEBRUARY         3.9 INCHES         -4.3 INCHES

 WINTER          34.2 INCHES         +4.0 INCHES

THE SNOWIEST DAY WAS 5.8 INCHES ON DECEMBER 11TH.

SNOW FELL ON 38 DAYS (42.2 PERCENT).  MEASURABLE SNOW
FELL ON 17 DAYS (18.9 PERCENT).  A TRACE OF SNOW FELL
ON ANOTHER 21 DAYS (23.3 PERCENT).

SNOW DEPTH -

FROM DECEMBER 1ST THROUGH FEBRUARY 28TH, THE OFFICIAL
SNOW OBSERVER NEAR LA CROSSE REGIONAL AIRPORT HAD AN
AVERAGE SNOW DEPTH OF 3.6 INCHES. THIS WAS 0.8 INCHES
LOWER THAN THE AVERAGE OF 4.4 INCHES.

THE GREATEST SNOW DEPTH WAS 9 INCHES ON DECEMBER 11TH.

THERE WAS SNOW ON THE GROUND ON 80 DAYS (88.9 PERCENT)
THIS WINTER.  MEASURABLE SNOW WAS ON THE GROUND ON
71 DAYS (78.9 PERCENT) AND TRACE AMOUNTS OF SNOW ON THE
GROUND ON 9 DAYS (10 PERCENT).

...................................

...THE LA CROSSE WI CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE SEASON, FROM
12/1/2016 TO 2/28/2017...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1873 TO 2017

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM
                                          NORMAL
................................................
TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              67   12/05/1998
 LOW              -43   01/18/1873
HIGHEST            65   02/19        MM      MM
LOWEST            -16   12/18        MM      MM
AVG. MAXIMUM     34.0              28.7     5.3
AVG. MINIMUM     19.9              12.2     7.7
MEAN             26.9              20.5     6.4
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0
DAYS MAX <= 32     33              51.8   -18.8
DAYS MIN <= 32     69              85.4   -16.4
DAYS MIN <= 0      10              19.4    -9.4

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM           MM   MM
 MINIMUM           MM   MM
TOTALS           6.05              3.53    2.52
DAILY AVG.       0.07              0.04    0.03
DAYS >= .01        28              26.3     1.7
DAYS >= .10        16              10.4     5.6
DAYS >= .50         3               1.4     1.6
DAYS >= 1.00        0               0.2    -0.2
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.91   MM
 STORM TOTAL       MM
 (MM/DD(HH))            MM

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL             MM   5
 24 HR TOTAL       MM
TOTALS           34.2              30.2     4.0
 LIQUID EQUIV    3.42              3.00    0.42
SINCE 7/1        34.2              34.5    -0.3
 LIQUID 7/1      3.42
DAYS >= TRACE      38              21.2    16.8
DAYS >= 1.0        10               9.6     0.4
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         9   12/11
 24 HR TOTAL      9.8   MM
 STORM TOTAL       MM
 (MM/DD(HH))            MM

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    3421              4009    -588
 SINCE 7/1         MM              5509      MM
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0

FREEZE DATES
RECORD
 EARLIEST     MM
 LATEST       MM
EARLIEST                        MM
LATEST                          MM
.................................................

WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              9.0
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    33/230    DATE  12/26
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    45/250    DATE  12/26

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.50
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           31
NUMBER OF DAYS PC             25
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY         34

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     70

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              1     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                2     RAIN                       5
LIGHT RAIN               23     FREEZING RAIN              1
LT FREEZING RAIN          1     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                1     SNOW                       2
LIGHT SNOW               38     SLEET                      1
FOG                      37     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      5
HAZE                     26

-  INDICATES NEGATIVE NUMBERS.
R  INDICATES RECORD WAS SET OR TIED.
MM INDICATES DATA IS MISSING.
T  INDICATES TRACE AMOUNT.

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BOYNE



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