Wisconsin #13 for Most Extreme Weather
By Donnelly Clare
The highest temperate ever recorded in Wisconsin was in July 1936. Wisconsin Dells hit 114 degrees that month.
Combined with a negative 55 temperature measured in Couderay in 1996 and that makes the Badger State #13 for most extreme weather in the country.
This past Wednesday marked the 100th anniversary of the official record-high air temperature on the planet Earth, which took place in Death Valley National Park, when in 1913 the mercury hit 134 degrees.
The coldest temperature recorded by the NWS was 80 below zero in Prospect Creek, Alaska in 1971.
According to The National Weather Service, recent years have also been harsh in the state. During 2011, nine people were killed and another 124 were injured during extreme weather. That year brought the state a major snow storm in early February with record snowfall, but near- record heat in July and a total of 38 tornados for the year- well above the average 25.
Last year was no treat, either- the weather service reported 178 “record-breaking extreme weather events” during 2012, including a large wildfire, record- breaking heat for some cities, major rainfall for others, but overall drought and a massive heat wave during most of the summer.
The drought of 2012 was the worst to hit the state in 50 years.
Meteorologists from the NWS predict cooler- than- average temperatures during July and August for Wisconsin.