In 1979, Wisconsin Plunged Into An Arctic Freeze That Makes This Year’s Winter Look Downright Mild

It’s been awfully cold and snowy for early November, and it’s left most Wisconsinites dreading the rest of winter. We’ve already had to shovel, break out the boots and gear up in all our winter best well before Thanksgiving, so it’s a little upsetting to think that we’re really only at the start of this and still more than a month away from the technical start of winter. We’ve lived here long enough to know this is going until at least April, so it’s all just a bit depressing and upsetting.

But even as bad as it’s been (and will surely get), it’s nothing compared to the winter of 1978-1979. Forty years ago, Wisconsin experienced one of the coldest, snowiest, most prolonged stretches of winter the state has ever seen.

Do you remember the winter of 1978-79? We want to hear about how you made it through one of Wisconsin’s coldest, snowiest winters. Tell us about it in the comments!

Do you also remember the ice storm of 1976? Read all about that amazing event here.