Tornados in January

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By todds on Monday, January 07, 2008 - 06:30 pm: Edit Post

It appears that a tornado hit southeastern Wisconsin today. What is the earliest recorded tornado in Wisconsin? Illinois? Michigan?

By nickdub on Tuesday, January 08, 2008 - 01:56 am: Edit Post

I know Wisconsin has had tornadoes in every month besides January, until this year.

By toadster920 on Tuesday, January 08, 2008 - 07:27 am: Edit Post


According to Fox6 Milwaukee's weathermen, last nights tornados were the earliest ever recorded in Wisconsin. The high temp was also broken yesterday.


By ridindirty800 on Tuesday, January 08, 2008 - 07:46 am: Edit Post

Hey Nickdub, the only month never to have a Tornado in Wisconsin is Febuary. There has been a Tornado before in Jan 1844, according to channel 4 news.

By admin on Tuesday, January 08, 2008 - 01:05 pm: Edit Post


Sorry, but I do not have that information available to me.

Not really much of a severe weather fanatic. Perhaps there are others out there that might be able to help you out.


By revman on Tuesday, January 08, 2008 - 01:29 pm: Edit Post

KARE 11 out of the Twin Cities reported last night that this was the earliest tornado to hit WI, but there was another January tornado about 40 years ago in WI. I was trying to find the exact date, but 40 years ago was the best I could find.


By john_lysaght on Tuesday, January 08, 2008 - 01:37 pm: Edit Post

on channel 12 last night they said back in 1962, and we beat a recors here with a degree of 63 beating the old of 60 and now were suppose to get 2-5" of snow thursday into friday.

By todds on Tuesday, January 08, 2008 - 01:58 pm: Edit Post

Unfortunately I am a severe weather fanatic. Thanks anyway.

Since I made the post I too heard that Wisconsin has had one tornado in January and none in February. I understand the records date back to 1844, but that's not when the tornado was. I heard the other January tornado was in 1967.

I heard the new, official record high for Milwaukee was indeed set yesterday at 63. I heard the old record for this date was 46.

The purpose of my post was to determine just how unusual our weather was yesterday. From what I gleaned from the various sources, yesterday was not just a once in a lifetime occurance. It was something that has only happened once since Wisconsin was declared as a state, spanning many generations. Dare I use the word "epic", the word used to describe the April snowfall in the Keeweenaw?

By john_lysaght on Tuesday, January 08, 2008 - 02:04 pm: Edit Post

The last time severe summerlike weather struck southern Wisconsin in winter was in February 1999, when storms produced golf-ball size hail and wind gusts of up to 70 mph. The last time a tornado touched down in Wisconsin was in January 1967; on Jan. 24, a tornado plowed a 25-mile path through Green and Rock Counties, the National Weather Service said.
from local news paper.

By dooski on Tuesday, January 08, 2008 - 02:20 pm: Edit Post

All I know is we went from a winter wonderland to buttkiss in the span of three days. Very depressing.

Per my local news paper we had a record snow month in December at 29 inches. Most ever. So I guess I shouldn't be too mad.

I also heard that the high was not just the record for the 7th but the record for all of January as far back as the records go.

By ubee on Tuesday, January 08, 2008 - 05:30 pm: Edit Post

revman right , wisconsin had january tornado in 1964. not sure of date , long time ago.

By 25lieb on Tuesday, January 08, 2008 - 05:37 pm: Edit Post

I am a severe weather guy but it seems everyone has been doing their own research. Those are some interesting facts for sure.

By ubee on Tuesday, January 08, 2008 - 05:38 pm: Edit Post

1967 year of the ice bowl in greenbay, i think that was record cold.not lambeau but city stadium.lots of people showed up with wingtop shoes and fedoras!

By ubee on Wednesday, January 09, 2008 - 11:28 am: Edit Post

january 24 th, 1967. recorded tornado in wi. thought it was 64, memory slipping

By rocky367 on Wednesday, January 09, 2008 - 06:59 pm: Edit Post

Here is the info right from the weather service:

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