Any Stories of Snow in June?

April 18, 2012 6 Comments

A blog reader asked a question the other day about late snowfalls in Wisconsin – wondering if snow had ever fallen in June. Officially, in Wausau, the answer is no. The latest official snowfall in Wausau occurred on May 30th. It was a trace of snow and it fell in 1989 and way back in 1897. The heaviest well-documented snowfall in Wisconsin was on Memorial Day weekend of 1947 in the southern half of our viewing area. Up to 8.4 inches fell on that weekend in Pine River (Waushara county). You can read a lot more about that snowstorm here in this past blog post.

As far as June goes, I have heard stories about accumulating snow in early June but I have not been able to find any supporting documentation. Does anyone out there have a story about snow in June. Any pictures would be great. Maybe some old newspaper clippings? My grandparents claimed there was a year about a century ago when there was a least a trace of snow every month of the year – here in Wisconsin! I haven’t found any historical records of that , but looking at some of the cold temperature records from the late 1800s and early 1900s, one could not rule it out.

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Also, I wanted to share with you a picture of a great group of folks. These are the StormTrack9 Weather Watchers (most of them, plus some of their significant others). We got together for a party/recognition event this past weekend. These are the people who take the time out of their day to report daily high and low temperatures and precipitation from around the area. They also help out in times of severe weather, letting us know what is going on and what damage has been done in different locations. I salute their efforts and hope that they will continue weather watching many years into the future. For those that were unable to attend, I hope we are able to catch you the next time around.

On a side note, we could use a new weather watcher in the Northwoods. If there is anyone out there reading the blog today that is from Oneida, Vilas, or Forest county, who likes to keep a daily log of the weather, who will probably be at their current locations for at least a couple years into the future, please let me know. You can leave a comment here in the blog or you can email the weather department at weather@waow.com

Have a nice Wednesday! Meteorologist Justin Loew.

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  1. Ray says:

    How much of that is misjudgement of time? I heard from a handful of people that it “used to get to 40 below every winter”. “It used to snow and drift to the tops of the telephone poles every winter”. One person claimed ” it got down to 55 below a few years back”. I think that was mishearing the windchill as acutal temperature. But nope, “we spit in the air and it froze before it hit the ground”. And another one I hear all the time “snow used to be waste deep mid November and it did not melt until mid April, and then it would snow again after that until May” added to that was ” you should quit complaining, its nice now a days”.

  2. Troy says:

    According to the Midwest Regional Climate Center it snowed 2.4 inches on June 23, 1954 in Lac Vieux Desert.

    http://mrcc.sws.uiuc.edu/climate_midwest/historical/snow/wi/474383_ssum.html

  3. jloew says:

    Wow! Thanks for the information Troy. That is awfully late in June for snow. Good to know there is some evidence, not just old “tales” of snow in June.

  4. Ron Nitke says:

    Not sure if this site is still active, but I’ll offer my little bit of information anyway.

    My mother, born in 1926 and lived much of her life in Northern Wisconsin claimed to have seen snow in every month of the year. Having said that, personally I think it might have more to do with people from Wisconsin.

    While living in Arizona, Uncle Eddie and Aunt Dolores (from Wisconsin) came to visit, and my wife, Charlene and I took them to see relatives in Southern Cal. It snowed as we began to head north on the freeway from San Diego.

    Also while living in Arizona our friends John and Linda (from Wisconsin) came to visit. We took them to Sedona on a nice sunny day. As we were leaving, the sun went away and it snowed—big flakes.

    I strongly suspect unusual snow conditions may have more to do with Wisconsinites themselves and the aura they bring with them. So, if a Wisconsinite claims he or she has seen snow, whenever or wherever—just believe them—it’s probably true.

  5. Rachel Warner says:

    I have a picture that was sent to me by my uncle in the late 80s showing a snow storm on June 7th (I believe that was the date he wrote on it) in Lena WI. I was born and raised in Alaska, so he thought I’d like to see the freak snow storm. I’ll look for the picture and send it in.

  6. David Newman says:

    Rachel Warner,
    Did you ever find those pic’s ?

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