ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS
- 4.7 might seem like just a random number, but it gives us an idea of just how cold it was this year. 4.7 degrees was the average temperature for this winter. It's the coldest winter in more than a century.
It’s common to see these sights and hear these sounds in a typical winter. But this year, we heard them a bit more. The Northwoods fought through it’s snowiest and coldest winter on record. What made it so rare was the persistent cold.
“Day to day, week to week, cold periods that we experienced, no January thaw, no temperatures in the thirties or forties over a couple of days period. Pretty much at or below normal temperatures day-in and day-out since December,” said Jeff Last, National Weather Service Meteorologist.
The difference from normal winters was the location of the Polar Vortex. This cold mass of air moved further south, bringing northwesterly winds to the area.
“That northwest flow allowed for the Canadian air to repeatedly move into Wisconsin...That resulted in the record cold across the area," says Last.
Forecasters expect the colder-than-normal pattern to last through May and June. But despite the rare winter, the National Weather Service says this is a normal part of Wisconsin weather.
“It is part of living in Wisconsin because we do have quite a varied climate. Hot in the summer, cold in the winter, just more of those extremes that we’ve seen," Jeff Last.
Just maybe we can break out of the cold pattern for summer.
|Story By: Melissa Constanzer