Category Archives: Meteorology

What is the status of the Arctic sea ice?

The year 2016 will go down as one with below-normal Arctic sea ice coverage.

While not quite a record-setting year like 2012, throughout much of 2016 the extent of sea ice was more than two standard deviations below the average. At the end of October the Arctic sea ice was at its lowest coverage for the month since satellite-based data records started in 1978. Continue reading

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Is Madison’s all-time latest freeze record in jeopardy?

With all the beautiful fall weather we enjoyed through October and the first week of November, it may have escaped notice that Madison’s temperature has not reached or dropped below the freezing point of 32 degrees yet this season.

In fact, by not having done so this morning, we are now tied for the second-latest first freeze ever, dating back to 1938. Continue reading

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What is our Halloween weather usually like?

As the end of October arrives, the weather in Madison becomes increasingly subject to large variations, especially when measured from one year to the next.

The city’s record high temperature on Oct. 31 is 77 degrees, recorded in 1950, while the lowest temperature for the day is 16, recorded in 1925. Continue reading

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Are fall colors related to the weather?

The season of autumn color is beginning with tints of yellow and orange in southern Wisconsin.

Sunny days and cool nights are the key weather ingredient for brilliant fall colors. The best weather conditions are bright sunny days and cool, but not frosty, nights. A drab autumn has lots of cloudy days and warm nights. Continue reading

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When will the first snow arrive?

The first cold mornings of the season visited southern Wisconsin last week with the morning low temperatures dipping to 34 and 33 degrees on Thursday and Friday mornings, respectively.

The first chill of the year has the tendency to turn our attention to the prospects of snow and when it might first arrive in Madison. Continue reading

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