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Old 02-24-2015, 07:05 PM
 
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I'm moving to Madison next month because of some professional commitment. I absolutely loathe cold areas but currently, I've no other option but to honor my commitment, suck it up and move to Madison. So, I have few questions about living in Madison.

How long do you guys expect the snowy winter to last? Until end of April? Or well into May? When can I expect the temperatures to go above 50F?

Also, when will the summer end? I'm asking this because, I'm hoping to get out of there by the time next winter arrives. TIA!
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Old 02-24-2015, 07:13 PM
 
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I'm moving to Madison next month because of some professional commitment. I absolutely loathe cold areas but currently, I've no other option but to honor my commitment, suck it up and move to Madison. So, I have few questions about living in Madison.

How long do you guys expect the snowy winter to last? Until end of April? Or well into May? When can I expect the temperatures to go above 50F?

Also, when will the summer end? I'm asking this because, I'm hoping to get out of there by the time next winter arrives. TIA!
It has been about 12F below average so far this month in Madison with the average high temperature of about 21F and the average low temperature about 0F.
It depends on what your perspective is (what part of the country you are moving from) in terms of climate. Yes, Madison can occasionally receive snowfall in April, but snow of any large significance is not common. Temperatures above 50F start to become more common by late April with May having most high temperatures over 50-60F. Low temperatures can still go below freezing in May, don't expect leaves on the trees until the last half of May unless temperatures are very mild. Summer high temperatures range from the upper 70s to low 80s between June through August. September starts cooling back into the 60s for high temperatures. No snow threat usually until the very end of October or early November.
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Old 02-24-2015, 07:18 PM
 
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It has been about 12F below average so far this month in Madison with the average high temperature of about 21F and the average low temperature about 0F.
It depends on what your perspective is (what part of the country you are moving from) in terms of climate. Yes, Madison can occasionally receive snowfall in April, but snow of any large significance is not common. Temperatures above 50F start to become more common by late April with May having most high temperatures over 50-60F. Low temperatures can still go below freezing in May, don't expect leaves on the trees until the last half of May unless temperatures are very mild. Summer high temperatures range from the upper 70s to low 80s between June through August. September starts cooling back into the 60s for high temperatures. No snow threat usually until the very end of October or early November.
thanks for the reply. I'm moving from North Florida. While summers here are pretty harsh, I hate winter more than hot summer, so would love to move back here as soon as possible. I'm hoping, I won't be staying for more than 6 months there in Madison. Just in time to get the heck out before winter arrives
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Old 02-26-2015, 06:43 PM
 
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Bingo,

If you are moving to Madison next month (March) you will likely have some cold weather and snow off and on until early May. By May, the average high is near 70 however I have seen years where 70 degree weather does not happen much until Memorial Day but then looking back 3 years ago the Month of March was very warm with many 70 and even some 80 degree days.

Summer sort of ends after Labor Day weekend and you tend to notice the cooler days but it can still be very mild in September and October. By November expect nights below freezing and in some cases below zero will happen also don't be surprised to see some snow.

Don't worry about December and beyond as it looks like you will be out of WI by then.
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Old 02-26-2015, 07:24 PM
 
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Well, it's gonna be an interesting stay for you, that's for sure. It's currently 7 degrees in Madison. Tonight's projected low is -6. This winter saw temperatures as low as -15. Occasionally they'll get a summer that never gets into the 90s. Three days in a row above 90 degrees is considered a "heat wave." So basically, you can expect about 2, maybe 3 months of weather per year that resemble Florida's spring. People will be laying out sunbathing while you're wearing a sweatshirt.

Have fun!
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Old 02-26-2015, 07:37 PM
 
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Madison is one of America's best mid-sized cities. You're very lucky.
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Old 02-27-2015, 05:35 AM
 
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OP, the various posters have been on for their comments, esp Drover's comparisons.
We lived 6 yrs in SC before moving back home last fall, and i can say that summer in WI will be nowhere close to one in the far southeast. Of course i can add we already miss that climate lol. And after a colder than normal winter (so far) I wouldn't be surprised to see ice stay out on the lakes well into April, to give you another perspective......
That said, Madison & the surrounding areas can offer quite a bit for outdoor options spring-fall for those who do not enjoy true winters. From hiking to various rivers & lake activities not to mention things to do right in Madison; you should be able to find something of interest to help pass the time while you are up here.
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Old 02-27-2015, 09:20 AM
 
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Yep, not uncommon for students from the east side to walk on Lake Menodta as a short-cut to campus in winter. Heck, this year you could probably drive a dump truck across the lake.
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Old 02-27-2015, 09:32 AM
 
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Yep, not uncommon for students from the east side to walk on Lake Menodta as a short-cut to campus in winter. Heck, this year you could probably drive a dump truck across the lake.
my teen years were spent up in Marquette county; where driving our winter beaters on the ice was almost a sport. Especially at night, with some special beverages to keep us, uh, warm lol.

All way back in the day of course.
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Old 02-27-2015, 09:49 AM
 
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my teen years were spent up in Marquette county; where driving our winter beaters on the ice was almost a sport. Especially at night, with some special beverages to keep us, uh, warm lol.

All way back in the day of course.

Once upon a time before I fully matured (Ha. Still waiting for that!) I drove my little Mustang onto Lake Winnebago. My friend assured me that we wouldn't have any problems. I mean, what's the worst that could happen? We headed out... him with loafers and no socks... because we were obviously brilliant. And we got so stuck. A group of "rowdy" fellows stopped and pushed us out with their big truck. (I had a nice dent in the back of my car!) Then they demanded payment. Seriously? My friend can't even afford a pair of socks.

I'm on Lake Poygan right now. I can walk from my yard right onto the lake. There's not much to do out there, though.
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