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Severe Storms put dent into Wisconsin Drought

Jul 28, 2012
The past week southern Wisconsin has finally seen some needed rainfall. The drought was upgraded to Extreme from the Madison to Milwaukee I-94 corridor last week, but recent rains have stabilized worsening drought conditions. The grass around the area is starting to turn green again, but more precipitation is needed in August to eliminate the drought.

Inactive Severe Weather Season Spells Low Rainfall

Severe weather has hit the state from time to time, yet overall Wisconsin has failed to experience an active severe weather season. Only 1 tornado has been confirmed, damaging wind and hail events have been down this year. These severe weather events usually bring needed rainfall, and because of the lack of storms, we are still 5-8 inches below normal.

Summer 2012 Precipitation Trends

Incredibly, only 0.67 inches of rain was recorded on my weather station from June 1st to July 17th. Since July 18th, we have received 3.17 inches of rain, which has put a dent in the drought, but we still have a long ways to go. Below are the totals from my weather station the past few months:


  • June 2012 - .67 inches

  • July 2012 - 3.19 inches


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