John Malan's Weather Article
Chicago's outpacing Milwaukee's mild winter
MILWAUKEE - The roller coaster week of temperatures continues with warmer high temperatures today for Milwaukee.
Maximums will reach the mid-thirties as a weak warm front rolls through that will bring clouds to the city with a flurry or two possible.
Arctic air returns Thursday and again on Sunday.
The winter season so far for Milwaukee has been warmer than normal with less snow than normal through the middle of January, but it isn’t close to the lack of bitter cold and snowfall in the Chicago area to our south.
For example, Chicago didn’t experience a high temperature below freezing or 32 degrees until January 1st of this year, which ties the record for the latest first sub-freezing maximum temperature for that city.
The old record occurred on January 1st in 1924.
In that same category a new record for the longest streak of days without a sub-freezing temperature was set at 310 days, broken on January 1st.
Chicago still hasn’t seen a one inch or greater snowfall, with only 1.3 inches falling for the entire season.
The current streak of 325 consecutive days without an inch of snow or greater is a new record for Chicago, and they will break the record for the latest date of the first inch of snow in winter on the 18th of this month!