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Easter can occur anywhere from March 22nd to April 25th.  The next time that Easter will occur on the earliest date is 2285.  Meanwhile, it will not occur on the latest date until 2038.  Below are some Easter climate statistics for La Crosse, WI and Rochester, MN. All referenced temperatures are in fahrenheit.

La Crosse, WI:


The following statistics comprises 145 years of data. From 1873 through 1950, the data came from various locations in downtown La Crosse. Since 1950, the data has been gathered at the La Crosse Regional airport.

Easter in La Crosse, WI
(Period of Record 1873-2017)
Means
Records
Maximum Temperature
47° to 64°
(March 22 to April 25)
Warmest High Temperature
86°
April 10, 1977
Coldest High Temperature
16°
March 25, 1894
Minimum Temperature
28° to 42°
(March 22 to April 25)
Warmest Low Temperature
63°
April 13, 1941
Coldest Low Temperature
March 24, 1940
Average Temperature
37° to 53°
(March 22 to April 25)
Warmest Average Temperature
72.0°
April 10, 1977
Coldest Average Temperature
11.0°
March 24, 1940
March 25, 1894
Precipitation
0.07" to 0.13"
(March 22 to April 25)
Wettest
1.90"
April 12, 1903
Snowfall
0.1" to 0"
(March 22 to April 25)
Snowiest
8.3"
March 31, 1929
Snow Depth at 7 AM
2" to 0"
(March 22 to April 25)
Most Snow on Ground at 7 AM
6"
March 31, 1929

 

The odds of having any precipitation at all on Easter are 45.5% (66 out of 144).  There has been measurable (0.01" or greater) precipitation on 49 Easters (33.8%) and trace amounts of precipitation on another 17 Easters (11.7%).  

Since 1897, it has snowed on 22 out of 121 (18.2%) Easters.  Measurable snow (0.1" or greater) has fallen on 11 Easters (9.1%) and trace amounts fell on another 11 Easters (9.1%). The last time measurable snow fell on Easter was in 2008 (March 23rd) when a half inch of snow fell.

Since 1893, residents have woken up with measurable snow (1/2" or greater) on the ground 15 times (12.0%), trace amounts (less than a 1/2") 7 times (5.6%), and no snow 103 times (82.4%).  The last time that there was measurable snow on the ground on Easter was in 2008 (March 23rd) when there was 3 inches of snow on the ground at 7 a.m.

Since 1873, Easter has occurred on April 1st, 6 times (1877, 1888, 1923, 1934, 1945, and 1956). 

  • In 1877, the high temperature was 58° and the low temperature was 25°.  A trace of precipitation fell.
  • In 1888,  the high temperature was 46° and the low temperature was 28°.  No precipitation fell.
  • In 1923,  the high temperature was 40° and the low temperature was 20°.  No precipitation fell and there was no snow on the ground that morning.
  • In 1934,  the high temperature was 42° and the low temperature was 34°.  0.21" of rain fell, no snow fell, and there was 4" of snow on the ground that morning.
  • In 1945, the high temperature was 74° and the low temperature was 47°. No precipitation fell and there was no snow on the ground.
  • In 1956, the high temperature was 53° and the low temperature was 35°.  A trace of rain fell, no snow fell, and there was 2"of snow on the ground. 
  • The next time Easter will occur on this date is 2029.  After that, it will not fall on this date again until 2040.
  • In 2019, Easter will fall on April 21st.  This will be the first time since 1946.

On last Easter (April 16th), the high temperature was 69° and the low temperature was 50°.  No rain fell.  The average wind speed was 13.1 mph and there was no snow on the ground at 7 a.m.

Rochester, MN:


The following statistics comprises 105 years of data. From 1887 through 1931, the data came from several cooperative observers in the Rochester area. Since 1932, the data has been gathered at the Rochester International airport. No data was taken on Easter from 1889 to 1891, 1908, and from 1921 to 1928.

Easter in Rochester, MN
(Period of Record 1887-2017)
Means
Records
Maximum Temperature
44° to 62°
(March 22 to April 25)
Warmest High Temperature
85°
April 10, 1977
Coldest High Temperature
15°
March 24, 1940
Minimum Temperature
27° to 40°
(March 22 to April 25)
Warmest Low Temperature
59°
April 13, 1941
Coldest Low Temperature
March 24, 1940
Average Temperature
35° to 51°
(March 22 to April 25) 
Warmest Average Temperature
69.5°
April 13, 1941
Coldest Average Temperature
8.0°
March 24, 1940
Precipitation
0.07" to 0.13"
(March 22 to April 25)
Wettest
1.20"
April 16, 2006
Snowfall
0.2" to Trace
(March 22 to April 25)
Snowiest
9"
March 31, 1929
Snow Depth at 7 AM
2" to 0"
(March 22 to April 25)
Most Snow on Ground at 7 AM
18"
March 25, 1951

 

The odds of having any precipitation at all on Easter are 44.6% (45 out of 101).  There has been measurable (0.01" or greater) precipitation on 38 Easters (37.6%) and trace amounts of precipitation on another 7 Easters (6.9%). 

It has snowed on 18 out of 97 (18.6%) Easters. Measurable snow (0.1" or greater) has fallen on 13 Easters (13.4%) and trace amounts of snow on another 5 Easters (5.2%).  The last time measurable snow fell on Easter was in 2008  when four tenths of an inch of snow fell.

Residents have woken up with measurable snow (half inch or greater) on the ground 12 times (15.8%), trace amounts (less than a half inch) 12 times (15.8%), and no snow 52 times (68.4%). 

Since 1886, Easter has occurred on April 1st, 5 times (1888, 1923, 1934, 1945, and 1956). 

  • In 1888,  the high temperature was 39° and the low temperature was 24°.  No precipitation fell.
  • In 1923, there was no data recorded in the Rochester area.
  • In 1934,  the high temperature was 38° and the low temperature was 27°.  0.05" of rain fell and no snow fell.
  • In 1945, the high temperature was 69° and the low temperature was 37°. No precipitation fell and there was no snow on the ground.
  • In 1956, the high temperature was 52° and the low temperature was 37°.  No precipitation fell, and there was a trace of snow on the ground. 
  • The next time Easter will occur on this date is 2029.  After that, it will not fall on this date again until 2040.
  • In 2019, Easter will fall on April 21st.  This will be the first time since 1946.

On last Easter (April 16th), the high temperature was 63° and the low temperature was 45°.  No rain fell.  The average wind speed was 14.7 mph and there was no snow on the ground at 7 a.m.

 
Easter
Weather History
 


In 1929 (March 31st), snow began falling on the evening of the March 30th in Wisconsin and continued to fall through March 31st (Easter) and into the morning of April 1st.  Snow amounts ranged from 2 inches in southwest Wisconsin to two feet or more in some northeastern localities.  Prior to this storm, the snow had practically disappeared from central and southern counties.  This snow was accompanied by high wind, and in the southern and southwestern sections by sleet and glaze.  In addition, thunder was reported at La Crosse on Easter.  Roads were blocked and traffic seriously delayed over a wide area.  Trees and overhead wire systems suffered severely.  The drifting snow isolated small towns for several days.  Damage was estimated in the millions of dollars.  Some snow totals included: Plymouth (18.0"), Eau Claire (10.5"), La Crosse (10.3"), Madison (7.9"), West Bend (7.0"), Merrill (7.1"), Viroqua (7.0"), and Darlington (6.0").  The image below is courtesy of the Midwestern Regional Climate Center and it shows how much and where the snow fell from March 30 through April 1, 1929.The following weather events affected southeast Minnesota, northeast Iowa, and western Wisconsin on Easter:

  • Snowfall from March 29 through April 1, 1929
  • In 1952 (April 13th), precipitation began falling across northern and western Iowa, southern Minnesota, and much of Wisconsin on April 12th and continued on Easter (April 13th).  The precipitation was in the form of heavy snow that fell from northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota northeast into central and eastern Upper Michigan.   Some roads in parts of northeast Iowa were only open to one-way traffic which was an unwelcome reminder of the winter just past.  Meanwhile, freezing rain and sleet fell over the extreme eastern portions of Wisconsin.  The freezing rain caused many breaks in power transmission and telephone lines.  More than 200 poles of the Wisconsin Telephone Company were broken because of ice-coated wires and high winds.  Northeasterly gales caused erosion damage along the west shore of Lake Michigan during the storm. The following snow totals were reported with this storm:
     
    • In Iowa: Charles City (6.1") and Cresco (6").
    • In Minnesota: Rochester (6.5") and Spring Grove (6.1").
    • In Wisconsin: La Farge (12", tied for greatest one-day snowfall with 2/23/1994), Hatfield (10"), Gays Mills (9"), La Crosse (7.3"), Lancaster (7"), Sparta (6"), and Viroqua (6").
    • The image below is courtesy of the Midwestern Regional Climate Center and it shows how much and where the snow fell from April 12 through April 14, 1952.
       
      Total Snowfall from April 12 to April 13, 1952
  • In 1958 (April 6th), a winter storm produced 6 to 13 inches of snow across northern Wisconsin.  The highest snow totals were at Breakwater (13"), Laona (12'), Long Lake Dam (12"), Minocqua (12'), Rhinelander (12'), and South Pelican (12").  Locally, 1 to 2 inches of snow fell across Clark and Taylor Counties.  Also on this date, both Owen, WI (2.80") and Medford, WI (2.07") had their wettest April day.
     
    Total Snowfall from April 8, 1958
  • In 1960 (April 17th), Prairie du Chien, WI (2.15") had their wettest April day.
  • In 1974 (April 14th), a narrow band of snow fell across the southern tier of counties in Minnesota, northeast Iowa, and from southwest Wisconsin northeast into northern Lower Michigan.  Most locations saw less than 2 inches of snow; however, there were higher snow reports in parts of southwest and central Wisconsin.  Some of these snow reports included 7 inches in Mauston, and 4 inches in Viroqua and Necedah.  Also on this day, Platteville, WI (2.42" liquid equivalent) had their wettest April day.  The image below is courtesy of the Midwestern Regional Climate Center and it shows how much and where the snow fell on April 14, 1974.
     
    Total Snowfall from April 14, 1974
  • In 1976 (April 18th), Charles City (3.06") had their wettest April day. Also just over 3 inches of rain fell in New Hampton, IA (3.04") and Decorah, IA (3.03").  The image below is courtesy of the Midwestern Regional Climate Center and it shows how much and where the precipitation fell on April 18, 1976.
     
    Precipitation on April 18, 1976
  • In 1986 (March 30th), unusual warmth was seen across the Upper Mississippi River Valley on March 29th and continued into March 30th (Easter).  The following locations had their warmest March temperatures:
     
    • In Iowa: Decorah (84) and Cresco (83).
    • In Minnesota: Caledonia (86) and Preston (82).
    • In Wisconsin: Mather (84), Richland Center (84), Sparta (84), Theilman (83), and Owen (78).
       
      High Temperatures on March 30, 1986
      Departures from Normal of March 30, 1986
      High Temperatures
      on March 30, 1986

      (Compliments Midwestern
      Regional Climate Center)
      Temperature Departures
      on March 30, 1986
      (Compliments Midwestern
      Regional Climate Center)
  • In 2004 (April 11th), a narrow band of snow produced 3 inches in Friendship, WI and 1.8 inches near (2 miles southeast) Necedah, WI on Easter (April 11th) morning.  The image below is courtesy of the Midwestern Regional Climate Center and it shows how much and where the precipitation fell on April 11, 2004.
     
    Total Snowfall from April 11, 2004