2018 One of Wettest Years in State History
Milwaukee had third wettest year in history, part of upward trend in annual rainfall.
As snow and rain fell across much of southern Wisconsin on New Year’s Eve, 2018 ended in keeping with precipitation totals throughout the year.
Madison experienced its second wettest year on record. Its 50.64 inches fell about 2 inches shy of the record set in 1881, according to data from the Wisconsin State Climatology Office. Milwaukee had its third wettest year, with 45.08 inches this past year, and La Crosse, with 42.59 inches, had its fifth wettest.
“There were certain areas in southern Wisconsin that were extremely wet, but you look up to northern Wisconsin, and while it was not drought conditions, it was below average precipitation for the year,” he said.
Hopkins said that, overall, the state has experienced a marked, upward trend in annual precipitation, which he partially attributes to a warming climate. Since the 1960s, annual totals have increased by about six tenths of an inch every decade.
Listen to the WPR report here.
2018 Closes As One Of The Wettest On Record For Southern Wisconsin was originally published by Wisconsin Public Radio.