North Central Wisconsin

Included Counties: 
Ashland, Iron, Vilas, Price, Oneida, Taylor, Lincoln, Clark, Marathon
Watersheds: 
Bad-Montreal, Beartrap-Nemadji, Black, Black-Presque Isle, Brule, Castle Rock, Eau Claire, Flambeau, Jump, Lake Dubay, Lake Superior, Lower Chippewa, Ontonagon, South Fork Flambeau, Upper Chippewa, Upper Wisconsin, Wolf

Geography

Wisconsin Climatic Division 2 is bordered by the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to the north and extends into the central portion of the state to include Rhinelander and Wausau. The terrain is covered by forests and gentle hills. 

Overview

The northern sections of Wisconsin Climatic Division 2 include the western reach of the Lake Superior "snowbelt" which extends northeastward along the center ridge of Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula.  This ridge has a strong influence on the development of the heavy snow squalls observed during the winter months. The lake effect also increases cloudiness during the fall and winter and modifies temperatures, keeping them cooler during the late spring and early summer, and warmer during the late fall and early winter.  Farther inland, this division experiences a largely continental climate, driven by the movement of high and low pressure systems across the continent. As a result, day-to-day temperature variations are larger in the southern sections farther away from the Great Lakes.
 

Changes In Precipitation

 in.cm.%
Annual-0.7-1.8-2.20
Winter0.40.910.95
Spring-0.5-1.2-5.82
Summer-1.8-4.6-14.25
Fall1.33.215.82

Linear best-fit changes are calculated over the period 1950-2012. Percentage changes are calculated relative to the 1951-1980 historical reference period.

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Changes In Temperature

 °F°C
Annual3.31.9
Winter5.02.8
Spring4.02.2
Summer2.21.2
Fall2.01.1

Linear best-fit changes are calculated over the period 1950-2012. Percentage changes are calculated relative to the 1951-1980 historical reference period.

Seasonal Precipitation

Seasonal Temperature