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Records fall as big spring storm hits Madison

April 20, 2011

madison.com

Snow, rain and cold combined to give Madison a trio of new weather records on Tuesday as a wicked spring storm whipped through the state.

The National Weather Service said 1.13 inches of precipitation (rain plus snow converted to liquid) fell at the Dane County Regional Airport on Tuesday, breaking the old mark of 0.93 inches for April 19, set in 1993.

The precipitation included 1.3 inches of snow, which broke the old record of 0.3 inches of snow for April 19, set in 1953.

And to top (or bottom) it off, the coldest high temperature ever for April 19 of 36 degrees was recorded at the airport, breaking the old mark of 38 for the day, set in 1928.

Madison wasn’t the only locale to set new records.

The Weather Service said 9.9 inches of snow fell in Green Bay on Tuesday, the greatest daily snowfall ever in Titletown so late in the snow season (starting July 1). The total also smashed the previous mark of 1.5 inches of snow for April 19, set in 1898.

The big snow boosted the season total in Green Bay to 92.4 inches, the third highest snowfall total on record and the most since 1889-90.

Record snows also were recorded in Wausau, La Crosse and Milwaukee.

The snow pushed off to the east overnight, but icy roads still could  be a problem in parts of the state early Wednesday morning, especially on secondary roads, bridges and overpasses, the Weather Service warned.

27 Storm Track meteorologist Laurie Mercurio said some lingering flurries could fall Wednesday morning, especially to the north of Madison, with mostly cloudy skies in the afternoon and a chilly high of 40.

Temperatures should drop to the mid- to upper 20s overnight as skies clear.

Thursday should start out fairly nice with sunshine, but clouds are expected to build in the afternoon, bringing light rain by evening that should continue into the night. The high should top out around 50.

Good Friday won’t be good weather-wise.

The Weather Service said showers and thunderstorms are likely on Friday, with up to three-quarters of an inch of rain (but no snow!) falling before it ends late at night. The high should be in the upper 40s.

On Saturday, conditions should improve with partly sunny skies and a high in the mid-50s.

Easter Sunday looks good for an egg hunt, with mostly to partly sunny skies and a high in the upper 50s expected.

Rain comes back to south central Wisconsin on Monday and Tuesday, but temperatures are forecast to warm to around 60 on Monday and close to 70 on Tuesday.

Tuesday’s high of 36 in Madison was 22 degrees below normal and 48 degrees below the record high of 84 for April 19, set in 1985.

The low on Tuesday was 32, 4 degrees below normal and 16 degrees above the record low of 16 for the day, set in 1983.

The record 1.13 inches of rain on Tuesday hiked the precipitation total for April to 2.28 inches, or 0.17 inches above normal.

For meteorological (March through May), Madison has received 5.24 inches of precipitation, or 0.85 inches above normal.

For the year, Madison has received 8.11 inches of precipitation, or 1.19 inches above normal.

The record 1.3 inches of snow Tuesday increased Madison’s April snowfall total to 2.0 inches, or 0.5 inches below normal.

For meteorological spring, Madison has received 8.4 inches of snow, or 1.2 inches below normal. And for the snow season, the total is 73.1 inches, or 24.3 inches above normal.


  1. September 26, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    wow that floor is cute with snow.

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