Hot temperatures in Wisconsin used to be quite common, but have plummeted over the past century. Almost 5% of days in Wisconsin were over 90 degrees in the 1890’s.
Long heatwaves used to be common in Wisconsin, but they almost never happen any more.
It is difficult to imagine now, but Wisconsin used to be ravaged by massive forest fires, like the 1871 fire which was one of the largest, and the deadliest in US history.
We think of Wisconsin as being a cold, snowy state. But it wasn’t always like that. Afternoon temperatures in Wisconsin peaked in 1931, and last year had their coldest afternoons on record.
The Great Lakes had all-time record spring and summer ice last year. The climate is changing in Wisconsin. It is getting much colder.