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A look back at 2013's local weather


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- Weather in the Midwest tends to be unpredictable, and 2013 brought its fair share of severe storms to the Coulee Region.

On May 2, a record-setting 14 inches of snow fell in Rochester, Minn.

Two weeks later Rochester set another record when temperatures hit 97 degrees, Fahrenheit.

The year 2013 brought a spring that was wet and cold, in sharp contrast to the dry, warm weather we experienced in 2012.

This year brought La Crosse's second wettest spring on record.

The wetness then continued into the summer. A static weather pattern with moist, gulf air brought almost 10 inches of rain to Prairie du Chien at the end of June. That was more precipitation than was expected for the months of June and July combined.

But the rest of the summer was much different.

On August 26, a total of 25 weather records were set or tied in the Coulee Region due to extreme heat. High temperatures coupled with below average rainfall led to rapid deterioration of soil moisture.

Much of the area was experiencing moderate to severe drought conditions by the end of September. The drought even affected fall colors -- causing some trees to lose their leaves ahead of schedule.

December, 2013 has so far been colder than average.

But with no clear El Nino or La Nina weather patterns forming in the Pacific Ocean, forecasting for the last couple weeks of the month remains a challenge.

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