WE DID IT! Not only did we hit our first 60 degree temperature today, but we also climbed to reach our first 70 degree high temperature in both Eau Claire and La Crosse. Many other communities in Western Wisconsin did the same as well. Here’s a look at high temperatures from across the viewing area from today.
For both Eau Claire and La Crosse, by reaching 60 degrees today, that means we tie 1951 for the latest date of the first 60 degree day of the year. In La Crosse, 60 degrees was reached at 10:37AM. However, back in 1951, 60 degrees wasn’t reached until 2 PM. So technically, 1951 is the real record holder.
In La Crosse, on average the first 70 degree day is April 9th. This date is the 15th latest for La Crosse reaching their first 70 degrees. We haven’t had to wait this long for 70 degrees since 1995. The last time La Crosse was in the 70s was back on October 24th of last year. The last time Eau Claire reached 70 degrees was back on October 21st.
With highs in the 70s today, both Eau Claire and La Crosse were actually above average. For Eau Claire, that hasn’t happened since March 8th. This big warm up wasn’t soon enough to keep Eau Claire from breaking a pretty dubious record, especially, when you compare it to last year. Check out this graph from the Twin Cities National Weather Service below.
The chart shows the number of 50 degree days or higher each year since 1893 from December 1st through April 25th. The 30 year average for number of 50 degree days for this time frame is 30. We have been far below this year. We only had two days that were 50 degrees or higher. That means this year we’ve seen the least number of 50+ days on record. That comes just one year after tying with 1910 for the most number of 50+ days. If said it before, what a difference a year makes.
Enjoy the beautiful weekend!