Wild Side: A jump start on spring this year
December, 2011 through March, 2012 was a remarkably wimpy winter. We received only about 22 inches of snow. The snow cover was discontinuous, there were few nights below zero and our usual three months of winter were shortened by about a month.
According to the Wisconsin State Climatology Office, March 9 through April 7 was probably record-setting in Pierce County with daily temperatures 17 degrees above the long-term average.