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Our persistently cold weather pattern has put this winter in the neighborhood of some of the coldest winters on record in Milwaukee.
Our persistently cold weather pattern has put this winter in the neighborhood of some of the coldest winters on record in Milwaukee. (Photo: Bobby Tanzilo)

Milwaukee's 14th coldest winter on record ... so far

You’re right. This has been an unusually cold winter.

Even an average winter would have felt pretty cold in comparison to last year’s mild winter. Instead, we’re suffering through our coldest winter since 1983-84.

For the purposes of record-keeping, winter is considered to be the months of December, January and February. With two of those months in the books, this winter’s average temperature has been 17.5 degrees. That makes this Milwaukee’s 14th coldest winter on record (since 1870) through the first two months.

Our coldest start to winter occurred in 1976-77 when the average temperature was 12.3 degrees.

Here are Milwaukee’s 15 coldest starts to winter:

Rank ... Avg. Temp ... Winter Season

1 ... 12.3 ... 1976-77

2 ... 14.1 ... 1876-77

3 ... 14.4 ... 1917-18

4 ... 15.1 ... 1962-63

5 ... 15.6 ... 1886-87

6(tie) - 16.0 1919-20

6(tie) ... 16.0 ... 1958-59

8(tie) ... 16.2 ... 1884-85

8(tie) ... 16.2 ... 1872-73

10(tie) ... 16.4 ... 1874-75

10(tie) ... 16.4 ... 1903-04

12 ... 16.6 ... 1983-84

13 ... 16.9 ... 1981-82

14 ... 17.5 ... 2013-14

15 ... 17.6 ... 1978-79

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