Historic December Snowstorm

On December 11th and 12th, a major snowstorm impacted North Central Wisconsin and for that matter most of the Badger State with hefty amounts of snow and wind.  Blizzard conditions occurred in Green Bay, while near whiteout conditions were observed across the region during the brunt of the storm.  When all was said and done locally, snowfall totals ranged from 6" to as much as 21". For detailed recaps of the storm you can check out my previous blog on the forecast for the storm arriving, the NWS Green Bay Recap, the NWS Duluth Recap, the NWS La Crosse Recap, and the NWS Milwaukee Recap.  Here are some maps of the snowfall totals in the state.

 


Link to NWS Milwaukee Map


Link to NWS La Crosse Map

A note on the NWS La Crosse Map above. The bulls eye of snowfall totals in NE Wisconsin appears to be incorrect in comparison to the NWS Green Bay map and actual observations.  Most other locations in the purple shading of 12-15" and points within the NWS La Crosse area are more on target.

Now on to how this storm stacked up historically speaking in our area.  Needless to say this is one of the heaviest snowfalls that we have seen in some time. Here are the official stats for Wausau and Rhinelander.

For Wausau 12.8" of snow fell on Sat. Dec 11th and 0.7" accumulated on Sun Dec 12th for a storm total of 13.5".

-The 12.8" of snow on Dec 11th was a record for the date (previously 6" in 1899)
-The All-Time Biggest Calendar Day Snowfall in December (previously 11.2" Dec 17, 1990)
-The 2nd biggest All-Time snowfall on a calendar day (greatest amount 13" Feb 5, 1908)
-Snowstorm total of 13.5" is the All-Time Biggest Amount in December (previously 12.9" Dec 6-7, 1950)
-And 5th All-Time Biggest Snowstorm (greatest 22.1" March 5-6, 1959)

For the record, here are the Top 5 Biggest Snowstorms in Wausau:
1) 22.1" March 5-6, 1959
2) 18.6" March 3-4, 1985
3) 18.0" March 9-10 1909
4) 15.0" March 3-4, 1989
5) 13.5" December 11-12, 2010

For Rhinelander 10.3" of snow fell on Sat. Dec 11th.
-This set a record for Dec 11th (previously 1.5" in 1964)
-The All-Time Biggest Calendar Day Snowfall in December (previously 10" Dec 22, 1968)

In addition, La Crosse picked up 13.9" on Dec 11th and had a storm total of 16.6".  Here's a break down of how this went down in their record books, along with Rochester, MN.

Last but not least, below is a list of snowfall totals from the NWS Green Bay.  The 4th column number is the total snowfall amounts from the storm, which is what most people are interested in knowing.

 

                       24 SNOWFALL TOTALS   SNOWFALL   LATEST
                       ENDING AROUND 7 AM    3 DAY      SNOW


LOCATION                         MON   SUN   SAT     TOTAL     DEPTH
        ......NORTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN......
...VILAS COUNTY...
PHELPS-L VIEUX DESERT   2.0    10.0    1.5     13.5       14
ARBOR VITAE JOHNSON LK  0.2     3.0    0.4      3.6        7
BOULDER JUNCTION 2N     0.6     5.3    0.4      6.3       11
PRESQUE ISLE LK 4SW     0.3     5.1    0.0      5.4        9
EAGLE RIVER SOUTH       0.7     8.0    1.0      8.8        6
LAND O LAKES 10W        1.0     8.5    0.5     10.0       12
PRESQUE ISLE            1.0    10.0     T      11.0       11

...PRICE COUNTY...
PHILLIPS SOUTH HAM      0.2     9.0    2.0     11.2       11

...ONEIDA COUNTY...
TOMAHAWK 7NW HAM         T      6.0    0.0      6.0        9
MINOCQUA 3W              T      6.5    2.0      8.5        9

...FOREST COUNTY...
LAONA 6SW                T      8.2    1.5      9.7        9
HILES-PINE LAKE          T      4.0    2.0      6.0        9
CRANDON 5SE-LK LUCERNE   T      6.0    1.6      7.6       12

...FLORENCE COUNTY AND ADJACENT PORTIONS OF UPPER MICHIGAN...
AURORA                  0.6     7.8    1.5      9.9       10
LONG LAKE 3NE           0.5    10.0    0.0     10.5       16

...LINCOLN COUNTY...
MERRILL 8W              0.1    11.2    3.4     14.7       12

...LANGLADE COUNTY...
ANTIGO 2S               0.0     7.0    2.0      9.0        9
ELCHO                    T      4.4    3.8      8.2        9

...TAYLOR COUNTY...
MEDFORD WWTP            0.0    11.0    7.0     18.0       21

......NORTHEAST WISCONSIN......
...MARINETTE COUNTY AND ADJACENT PORTIONS OF UPPER MICHIGAN...
PESHTIGO WWTP           1.5     8.0     T       9.5       12
AMBERG 9E               0.0     4.6    0.1      4.7        8
ATHELSTANE 2E           0.6    10.0    0.0     10.6       11
MENOMINEE, MI-HAM       1.0     3.0     T       4.0        7

...OCONTO COUNTY...
ABRAMS 4W                T      7.0    1.1      8.1        7
STILES 1S                T     11.1    0.0     11.1       11

......CENTRAL WISCONSIN......
...CLARK COUNTY...
OWEN                    0.0     9.0    5.8     13.8       16
NEILLSVILLE-3SW         0.0     8.0    4.0     12.0       16

...MARATHON COUNTY...
ROSHOLT 9 NE            0.0    10.0    3.0     13.0       12
STRATFORD               0.0     6.0    3.0      9.0       10
HATLEY 2S               0.0     9.0    2.5     11.5       10
WAUSAU NORTHEAST        0.0     6.5    3.8     10.3       10
DANCY 1NE               0.0    10.5    3.9     14.4       13

...WOOD COUNTY...
MARSHFIELD EXP FARM     0.0    14.0    4.0     18.0       20
WISCONSIN RAPIDS        0.0    10.0    3.0     13.0       15
PITTSVILLE              0.0     9.0    3.0     12.0        9
WISCONSIN RAPIDS SE     0.0    11.0    4.7     15.7       15

...PORTAGE COUNTY...
STEVENS POINT WWTP      0.0     8.0    2.0     10.0        9
ALMOND 5NE               T      9.0    3.0     12.0       13
AMHERST 3SE              T     11.7    2.9     14.6       11
PLOVER SOUTH             T     12.6    3.6     16.2       16
PLOVER HAM              0.4    11.0    2.0     13.4       13
STEVENS POINT S 7PM      M      9.1    4.0     13.1       15

...WAUPACA COUNTY...
CLINTONVILLE WWTP       0.0     6.0    2.0      8.0        8
BIG FALLS 5 NW          0.0     8.8    2.0     10.8       13
WEYAUWEGA               0.0     7.6    1.9      9.5       10
WAUPACA 3SW-KING        0.7    12.8    1.1     14.6       13

...WAUSHARA COUNTY...
WILD ROSE 6NE-TWIN LKS   T      8.5    2.0     10.5       12
POY SIPPI 2SW           0.1     6.3    1.9      8.3       11
WILD ROSE-EAST HAM       T      9.0    1.0     10.0       14

......EAST CENTRAL WISCONSIN......
...SHAWANO COUNTY...
SHAWANO WWTP            0.0     9.1    2.2     11.3       12
CECIL 6NE-PULCIFER      0.8    11.6    1.1     13.5       12
SHAWANO-4SE              T      7.0    0.9      7.9        7

...OUTAGAMIE COUNTY...
NEW LONDON COOP          T      8.5    2.0     10.5       14
APPLETON                0.2    10.0    0.1     10.3       10
SHIOCTON                0.0     9.0    2.0     11.0       12
NEW LONDON 4N HAM       1.0     6.0    2.0      9.0       10

...WINNEBAGO COUNTY...
OSHKOSH WWTP            0.3     8.0    1.0      9.3        9
OMRO 2SW                0.7    10.0    0.6     11.3       10
OSHKOSH 5N              0.5    10.0    0.7     11.2       11
OSHKOSH NORTH           0.5     8.1    0.9      9.5       11

...BROWN COUNTY...
DENMARK WWTP            0.1    13.0    0.0     13.1       15
PULASKI WWTP            0.1     5.8    0.5      6.4        7
SUAMICO 2SW             1.0     8.0    0.1      9.1       10
DE PERE 1SE             3.8     7.7    0.3     11.8        8
BELLEVUE 7PM TO 7PM    10.6     0.9    0.0     11.5       12

...CALUMET COUNTY...
NEW HOLSTEIN WWTP       4.0     8.5     T      12.5       10
CHILTON SPOTTER         2.2     7.0     T       9.2       10

...DOOR COUNTY...
EPHRAIM 1NE WWTP        1.0     8.9     T       9.9       10
FORESTVILLE 4NE         1.5    14.0    0.0     15.5       17
WASHINGTON ISLAND       0.6     9.0    0.0      9.6       11
BAILEYS HARBOR HAM      1.0    10.0    0.0     11.0       11
EPHRAIM 5SE-NORTH BAY   0.5    12.0    0.0     12.5       10
BAILEYS HARBOR HAM      1.0    10.0    0.0     11.0       11

...KEWAUNEE COUNTY...
KEWAUNEE SOUTHWEST      0.7     6.8    0.0      7.5        9
ALGOMA NE               0.9     5.0    0.0      5.9        9

...MANITOWOC COUNTY...
FRANCIS CREEK            T      9.0    0.0      9.0        9
MANITOWOC SOUTH         0.6     9.3    0.0      9.9       12
ST. NAZIANZ 2W          0.4     9.5    0.0      9.9       111

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