Historic rainfall

MADISON (WKOW) — The numbers are in, and for western Dane County, they’re staggering. One could go decades, even a lifetime, without seeing a one-day rainfall event this extreme or devastating. The totals below represent rainfall from early afternoon Monday through the early morning hours of Tuesday in different locations in these communities:

  • Cross Plains 15.33"
  • Cross Plains 13.09"
  • Cross Plains 12.97"
  • Cross Plains 11.16"
  • Middleton 11.63"
  • Middleton 11.03"
  • Madison (Elver Park) 11.02"
  • Verona 10.47"
  • West Madison 9.62"
  • West Madison 9.58"
  • SW Madison 9.40"
  • SW Madison 9.20"
  • Mount Horeb 7.32"

It’s worth noting the official all-time Wisconsin 24-hour rainfall record is 11.72" near Mellen, on June 24, 1946. While three reports from Cross Plains are higher than 11.72", the measurements are from stations NOT quality controlled by the National Weather Service. For this reason, the old record still stands. As of this writing, the highest official report is 11.63" from Middleton.

Reports outside of western Dane County:

  • New Glarus 5.92"
  • Madison Airport 3.92"
  • Stoughton 3.22"
  • Argyle 3.04"
  • Watertown 2.24"
  • Brodhead 1.95"
  • Fort Atkinson 1.75"
  • Darlington 1.37"
  • Platteville 1.30"
  • Beloit 1.14"
  • Lone Rock 1.10"

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