Category Archives: Seasons

Was the whole autumn unusually warm, or just November?

If you thought November was warmer than usual around southern Wisconsin, you were exactly right.

Madison averaged 7.6 degrees above normal for the month, which ranked as the third warmest November on record (since 1870). Continue reading

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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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What is a November gale?

A gale is a sustained wind between 39 mph and 54 mph.

Gales are usually caused by large differences in the air pressure between a low pressure system and a strong, high pressure system. 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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