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The Weather and Climate of Wisconsin: It's More Than Frozen Tundra

Many people around the nation consider Wisconsin to be synonymous with the “Frozen Tundra”—a title given to Lambeau Field, the home of the Green Bay Packers and the site of the December 31, 1967, National Football League Championship Game. Following a 10-day period during which average daily temperatures remained below freezing (and on some days were below zero), temperatures fell further on game day as an arctic air mass, linked to a “polar vortex,” charged southward across the “Badger State.”

EDWARD J. HOPKINS, Ph.D., serves as Assistant Wisconsin State Climatologist and resides in Madison, Wisconsin.

H. MICHAEL MOGIL, CCM, CBM, is a consulting meteorologist and science writer who lives in Naples, Florida.

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