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000 NOUS43 KARX 021036 PNSARX IAZ008>011-018-019-029-030-MNZ079-086>088-094>096-WIZ017-029-032>034- 041>044-053>055-061-022203- Public Information Statement National Weather Service La Crosse WI 435 AM CST Tue Mar 2 2021 ...Meteorological Winter was Slightly Warmer and Drier-than-Normal at La Crosse WI... ...Meteorological Winter was Slightly Colder and Drier-than-Normal at Rochester MN... Here are more details on the winter for La Crosse WI and Rochester MN... La Crosse WI... Meteorological winter (December 1 through February 28) was slightly warmer- and drier-than-normal at La Crosse Regional Airport. The information below provides more details on these statistics. Temperatures - Slightly Warmer-than-Normal From December 1st through February 28th, the average temperature at La Crosse Regional Airport was 21.2 degrees. This was 0.7 degrees warmer than the 1981-2010 winter normal of 20.5 degrees. The average maximum temperature was 29.5 degrees. This was 0.8 degrees warmer than the 1981-2010 normal of 28.7 degrees. The average minimum temperature was 13.0 degrees. This was 0.8 degrees warmer than the 1981-2010 normal of 12.2 degrees. The table below contains the monthly temperatures and their departures from normal for the winter of 2020-21. Winter 2020-21 Temperatures in La Crosse WI Average Departure Month Temperature from Normal ----- ----------- ----------- December 27.6 degrees + 6.0 degrees January 23.4 degrees + 6.0 degrees - Tied for 17th Warmest February 12.8 degrees - 9.7 degrees - Tied for 18th Coldest Winter 21.2 degrees + 0.7 degrees The warmest high temperature was 54 degrees on December 10. The coldest high temperature was -2 degrees on February 14. The warmest low temperature was 34 degrees on January 15. The coldest low temperature was -21 degrees on February 15. The daily average temperatures were above normal on 59 days (65.6 percent), below normal on 30 days (33.3 percent), and normal on 1 day (1.1 percent). The temperature fell below zero 13 times. Normally, there are 18 sub- zero temperatures in a winter. Precipitation - Drier-than-Normal From December 1st through February 28th, La Crosse Regional Airport received 1.98 inches of precipitation. This was 1.55 inches drier than the 1981-2010 winter normal of 3.53 inches. The table below contains the monthly precipitation totals and their departures from normal for the winter of 2020-21. Winter 2020-21 Precipitation in La Crosse WI Precipitation Departure Month Total from Normal ----- -------------- ----------- December 0.36 inches -1.00 inch - Tied for 11th Driest January 0.89 inches -0.23 inches February 0.73 inches -0.32 inches Winter 1.98 inches -1.55 inches The wettest day was on February 4 when 0.35 inches of precipitation fell. Precipitation fell on 36 days (40 percent). Measurable precipitation fell on 18 days (20 percent). Trace amounts of precipitation fell on 18 days (20 percent). Snowfall - Less-than-Normal From December 1st through February 28th, the snow observer near La Crosse Regional Airport received 25.7 inches of snow. This was 5.5 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 2020-21. Winter 2020-21 Snowfall in La Crosse WI Snowfall Departure Month Total from Normal ----- -------- ----------- December 4.6 inches -6.7 inches January 9.0 inches -1.7 inches February 12.1 inches +3.9 inches Winter 25.7 inches -5.5 inches The snowiest day was 5.8 inches on February 4. Snow fell on 31 days (34.4 percent). Measurable snow fell on 17 days (18.9 percent). A trace of snow fell on another 14 days (15.6 percent). Snow Depth - From December 1st through February 28th, the official snow observer near La Crosse Regional Airport had an average snow depth of 4.4 inches. This was the same as the long-term average. The greatest snow depth was 14 inches on February 22. Measurable snow on the ground on 67 days (74.4 percent), no snow on the ground 23 days (25.6 percent), and trace amounts of snow on the ground 0 days (0 percent). Rochester MN... Meteorological winter (December 1 through February 28) was slightly colder- and drier-than-normal at Rochester International Airport. The information below provides more details on these statistics. Temperatures...Slightly Colder-than-Normal From December 1st through February 28th, Rochester International Airport had an average temperature of 17.9 degrees. This was 0.6 degrees colder than the 1981-2010 winter normal of 18.5 degrees. The average maximum temperature was 25.4 degrees. This was 0.8 degrees colder than the 1981-2010 normal of 26.2 degrees. The average minimum temperature was 10.4 degrees. This was 0.4 degrees colder than the 1981-2010 normal of 10.8 degrees. The table below contains the monthly temperatures and their departures from normal for the winter of 2020-21. Winter 2020-21 Temperatures in Rochester MN Average Departure Month Temperature from Normal ----- ----------- ----------- December 24.7 degrees + 5.0 degrees - 20th Warmest January 20.7 degrees + 5.0 degrees - 15th Warmest February 8.3 degrees -12.0 degrees - Tied for 6th Coldest Winter 17.9 degrees -0.6 degrees The warmest high temperature was 52 degrees on December 9. The coldest high temperature was -8 degrees on February 14. The warmest low temperature was 31 degrees on January 15. The coldest low temperature was -23 degrees on February 15. The daily average temperatures were above normal on 54 days (60 percent), below normal on 32 days (35.6 percent), and near normal on 5 days (5.5 percent). The temperature fell below zero on 20 days. Normally, there are 23 sub-zero temperatures in a winter. Precipitation - Drier-than-Normal From December 1st through February 28th, Rochester International Airport received 1.99 inches of precipitation. This was 0.93 inches drier than the 1981-2010 winter normal of 2.92 inches. The table below contains the monthly precipitation totals and their departures from normal for the winter of 2020-21. Winter 2020-21 Precipitation in Rochester MN Precipitation Departure Month Total from Normal ----- -------------- ----------- December 0.20 inches -1.03 inch - 5th Driest January 1.14 inches +0.28 inches February 0.65 inches -0.18 inches Winter 1.99 inches -0.93 inches The wettest day was on January 14 when 0.52 inches of precipitation fell. Precipitation fell on 40 days (44.4 percent). Measurable precipitation fell on 19 days (21.1 percent). Trace amounts of precipitation fell on 21 days (23.3 percent). Snowfall - Below-Normal From December 1st through February 28th, the snow observer near Rochester International Airport received 24.2 inches of snow. This was 8.8 inches lower than the 1981-2010 normal of 33.0 inches. The table below contains the monthly snowfall totals and their departures from normal for the winter of 2020-21. Winter 2020-21 Snowfall in Rochester MN Snowfall Departure Month Total from Normal ----- -------- ----------- December 3.9 inches -8.6 inches January 11.6 inches -0.4 inches February 8.7 inches +0.2 inches Winter 24.2 inches -8.8 inches Snow fell on 37 days (41.1 percent). Measurable snow fell on 19 days (21.1 percent). A trace of snow fell on another 18 days (20 percent). Snow Depth - Less than the Long-Term Average From December 1st through February 28th, the official snow observer near Rochester International Airport had an average snow depth of 3.6 inches. This was 1.6 inches lower than the long-term average of 5.2 inches. The greatest snow depth for the winter was 11 inches on February 22. There was snow on the ground on 66 days (73.3 percent) this winter. Measurable snow was on the ground on 59 days (65.6 percent), no snow on the ground 24 days (26.7 percent), and trace amounts of snow on the ground 7 days (7.8 percent). $$ Boyne

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