Wisconsin’s climate is typically continental with some modification by Lakes Michigan and Superior. The cold, snowy winters favor a variety of winter sports, and the warm summers appeal to thousands of vacationers each year. About two-thirds of the annual precipitation falls during the growing season (freeze-free period). It is normally adequate for vegetation, although drought is occasionally reported. This climate is most favorable for dairy farming; the primary crops are corn, small grains, hay, and vegetables. The rapid succession of storms moving from west to east or southwest to northeast account for the stimulating climate.
Statewide Climate Data
View temperature, precipitation, and snowfall data for individual locations averaged over the 30-year period from 1991 to 2020.
View temperature, precipitation, and snowfall data for nine regions averaged over the 30-year period from 1991 to 2020.
View all-time records for highest and lowest temperatures, 24-hour precipitation and snowfall, and snow depth.
View averages and departures from average for different aspects of climate dating back to 1895.