Areas of Expertise
Explore our growing network of real-time weather and soil measurement stations to support Wisconsin farmers, scientists, and citizens.
Specialized Climate Information
Get real-time and historical data on drought and moisture conditions across the state.
Wisconsin Climate Summaries
In 2023 Wisconsin experienced record drought along with unusually warm temperatures, as well as precipitation extremes.
December was a record warm month in Wisconsin that generally felt like a continuation of November. The exceptional temperatures greatly delayed ice formation on inland lakes and the Great Lakes, and they also suppressed snowfall and snow cover.
November was a very dry month in Wisconsin, yet the state’s drought status remained nearly unchanged, with more than one-third of Wisconsin remaining in at least moderate drought and one-sixth of the state continuing in severe or extreme drought.
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Wisconsin’s Climate Future
Wisconsin’s climate continues to change. An analysis of past climate data confirms that our state is getting warmer and wetter. How will our communities be affected, and what can they do to adapt? The Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts, a partnership between the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, identifies vulnerability to climate change and works to improve our resilience and readiness.