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Below are some Black Friday climate statistics & weather history for La Crosse, WI and Rochester, MN.

La Crosse, WI:

The following statistics comprise 46 years of data. This data was gathered at La Crosse Regional Airport. No temperature data was available in 1985.

Black Friday in La Crosse, WI
(Period of Record 1975-2020)
Normals
Records
Maximum Temperature
36 to 40°F
Warmest High Temperature
65°F
November 23, 2017
Coldest High Temperature
14°F
November 25, 1977
Minimum Temperature
22 to 25°F
 
Warmest Low Temperature
47°F
November 11, 2011
Coldest Low Temperature
-1°F
November 25, 1977
Average Temperature
29 to 32°F
 
Warmest Average Temperature
53.0°F
November 23, 2017
Coldest Average Temperature
6.5°F
November 25, 1977
Precipitation
0.07"
Wettest
0.37"
November 29, 1996
Snowfall
0.2"
Snowiest
3.0"
November 25, 2005
Snow Depth at 7 AM
0.8"
Most Snow of Ground at 7 AM
15"
November 29, 1991


The odds of having precipitation on Black Friday is 52.2% (24 out of 46).  There has been measurable (0.01" or greater) precipitation on 15 Black Fridays (32.6%) and trace amounts (less than 0.01") of precipitation 9 Black Fridays (19.6%). 

It has snowed on 15 out of 46 (32.6%) Black Fridays.  Measurable snow (0.1" or greater) has fallen on 6 Black Fridays (13%) and trace amounts on 9 Black Fridays (19.6%).

Residents have woken up with measurable snow (1/2" or greater) on the ground 11 times (24.4%), trace amounts (less than a 1/2") 5 times (11.1%), and no snow 29 times (64.4%).  

Looking back at 2020 (November 27), the high temperature was 40°F and the low temperature was 28°F.  No precipitation fell.  This was the first dry Black Friday since 2013.  There was no snow on the ground.  The average wind speed was 7.3 mph.

Rochester, MN:

The following statistics comprise 46 years of data. This data has been gathered at Rochester International Airport.

Black Friday in Rochester, MN
(Period of Record 1975-2020)
Normals
Records
Maximum Temperature
33 to 38°F
Warmest High Temperature
62°F
November 27, 1998
Coldest High Temperature
6°F
November 29, 1985
Minimum Temperature
19 to 23°F
Warmest Low Temperature
44°F
November 25, 2011
Coldest Low Temperature
-12°F
November 25, 1977
Average Temperature
27 to 30°F
 
Warmest Average Temperature
49.0°F
November 24, 2017
Coldest Average Temperature
-1.5°F
November 25, 1977
Precipitation
0.06"
Wettest
1.60"
November 29, 1991
Snowfall
0.3"
Snowiest
2.2"
November 25, 2005
Snow Depth at 7 AM
1.3"
Most Snow of Ground at 7 AM
7"
November 29, 1991


The odds of having precipitation on Black Friday is 50% (23 out of 46).  There has been measurable (0.01" or greater) precipitation on 15 Black Fridays (32.6%) and trace amounts (less than 0.01") of precipitation 8 Black Fridays (17.4%). 

It has snowed on 18 out of 46 (40%) Black Fridays.  Measurable snow (0.1" or greater) has fallen on 8 Black Fridays (17.4%) and trace amounts on 10 Black Fridays (21.7%).

Residents have woken up with measurable snow (1/2" or greater) on the ground 14 times (30.4%), trace amounts (less than a 1/2") 4 times (8.7%), and no snow 28 times (60.9%).  

Looking back at 2020 (November 27), the high temperature was 35°F and the low temperature was 27°F.  No precipitation fell.  This was the first dry Black Friday since 2016.  There was no snow on the ground.  The average wind speed was 11 mph.


The following weather events have occurred on Black Fridays in southeast Minnesota, northeast Iowa, and western Wisconsin:

  • In 1977 (November 25th), temperatures slowly fell throughout the day. After a midnight high with temperatures in the 10°F to 30°F range, temperatures slowly fell the remainder of the day. Temperatures during the day were primarily in the single digits with wind chills of -10°F to -25°F. This was the coldest Black Friday on record for both La Crosse, WI (average temperature of 6.5°F) and Rochester MN (average temperature of -1.5°F). 
  • In 1991 (November 29th), a strong low pressure system moved from Kansas during the morning of the 29th, across Iowa and Wisconsin and north of Lake Superior by noon on the 30th.  A mixture of rain, freezing rain, and sleet fell across southern one-quarter of Minnesota and northwest Iowa (where 1 inch or more of ice accumulated in many areas, with up to 2 inches in some locations - numerous trees were downed and power was lost in most communities). Heavy accumulations of ice on trees and power lines knocked out power to at least 4,000 residents across the area.  Interstate 90 was ice covered and treacherous with numerous car accidents reported.  Rochester, MN received 1.60 inches of precipitation fell (their wettest Black Friday).  At 9:30 PM, a severe thunderstorm produced a 60 mph wind gust 5 miles southeast of New Haven, IA (Mitchell County).  
  • In 1993 (November 26th), Owen, WI received 6 inches of snow.
  • In 2017, temperatures warmed into the lower and mid-60s along south of the Interstate 94 corridor.  La Crosse WI had their warmest high (65°F)  and warmest average (53°F) temperature ever recorded on a Black Friday.  Rochester MN had their warmest average temperature (49°F) on a Black Friday. 
  • In 2019, a quarter-inch of precipitation fell at Rochester International Airport.  This made it the 3rd wettest Black Friday in Rochester.  Only 1991 (November 29 - 1.60") and 1996 (November 20 - 0.48") were wetter.