Confirmed: 14 Wisconsin cities observe coldest winter on record
The winter of 2013-2014 was the coldest season in recorded history at Rhinelander, and the second coldest at Wausau.
That's according to records kept by the National Weather Service office in Green Bay. Observations have been kept for the city of Wausau since 1895, and since 1908 for Rhinelander.
Rhinelander joins 13 other locations in central and eastern Wisconsin setting new record low average temperatures for winter.
The records reflect the average air temperature during the three months that constitute meteorological winter. Meteorologists define winter as the coldest months of the year. That makes December, January and February the meteorological winter season.
March, April and May make up meteorological spring.
With the data from this winter, the average temperature at Rhinelander between December, January and February ended up being 4.7 degrees. That beats the previous coldest winter season record of 5.7 degrees observed during the winter of 1916-1917.
The average temperature during this winter at Wausau was 7.7 degrees, making it the second coldest in recorded history. The coldest winter on record remains the 7.3 degree average temperature placeholder held by the winter of 1903-1904.
This winter's average temperature beat the third coldest winter at Wausau of 8.5 degrees not seen during the winter of 1916-1917.
Numerous locations in central and eastern Wisconsin observed their coldest winter on record this year. That includes Clintonville which had an average temperature of 9.3 degrees, Kewaunee with an average temperature of 11.9 degrees, Marshfield with an average temperature of 7.5 degrees, Laona with an average temperature of 5.6 degrees, Merrill with an average temperature of 4.9 degrees and Shawano with an average winter temperature of 7.7 degrees.
Cities observing their second coldest winter on record this year include Appleton, Chilton, New London and Waupaca.
This data comes on the same day that records indicate Rhinelander also recorded its 4th coldest February on record as well. The average temperature at Rhinelander during the month was 4.3 degrees.
The coldest February on record for the city is -0.8 degrees, observed during the month of February 1936.
Wausau finished the month of February with an average temperature of 6.3 degrees, making it the 5th coldest February on record for the city. The coldest February Wausau has seen in recorded history came in 1936. That's when the city's February average temperature was 3.7 degrees.
On the morning of Feb. 28th, at least 11 new record low temperatures were observed across central and eastern Wisconsin, according to the National Weather Service.
The coldest temperature recorded that morning was -30 degrees at Antigo. That temperature beat the previous record low for the date of Feb. 28th of -17 degrees which had stood since 2009.