Photo by Jeffrey Phelps (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)


Case Studies

1995-1996 Season
January 23, 1996 Low from southern plains to eastern great lakes. Southern half 3-6". Up to 8" Manitowoc and Kewaunee counties. Convective bands of moderate to heavy snow during afternoon in S. Wisconsin then spread to C. Wisconsin during the evening. Ended by midnight. Listed as a "CSI event".
January 26-27, 1996 Major snowstorm/blizzard across most of WI. Total 8-18" except NW and SE corners where only a few inches. 18" just east of LaCrosse. At the height of the storm thunder and lightning were observed and blizzard conditions in SW Wisconsin.


1996-1997 Season
December 14-15, 1996 Low from Northern Plains to WI. Swath of heavy snow across parts of N. WI. 6-11" over NW quarter and extreme NE parts of state. 2-5" remainder of north half. Max 11" Amery, Polk county. Strong upper level low tracking from Central Plains to NW WI. 4g/kg mixr. 6-10" forecast NW half of state issued 4am Saturday December 14 for Saturday night and early Sunday.
March 13-14, 1997 Most widespread and heaviest snowfall to affect WI since halloween storm of 1991. Large part of the state (except extreme south) received 6-15 inches of snow. Large portion of central Wisconsin received 15" to nearly 30" in a 32-hour period. Thunder and lightning was reported by observers in some areas.
April 1, 1997 East coast Blizzard.


1998-1999 Season
December 11, 1998 Texas Snowstorm (page still under construction)
January 2, 1999 Southeast Wisconsin, 10-20 inches. Powerful blizzard. Very heavy snow, winds to 60mph. White-out conditions and drifts to 8 feet. Numerous accidents. 15:1 snow/water ratio. 3 g/kg mixing ratio. No thunder/lightning. 4am Saturday Jan 2, winter storm warning for S and E WI for total of 8-12. Upgraded to blizzard 9:30am in effect until noon sunday for amounts of foot or more.
February 19, 1999 Snow in the Carolinas (page still under construction)


1999-2000 Season
January 25, 2000 East Coast Blizzard (page still under construction)