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Election Day occurs on the Tuesday following the first Monday of November every year.  This means it can fall anywhere between November 2nd and November 8th.

Below are some Election Day climate statistics for La Crosse, WI and Rochester, MN.

La Crosse, WI:

The following statistics comprises 149 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 La Crosse Regional Airport. Due to the office being officially closed in 1985, no observation was available for this year.

Election Day in La Crosse, WI
(Period of Record 1872-2020)
Normals
Records
Maximum Temperature
48 F - 52°F
Warmest High Temperature
75°F
November 4, 2008
Coldest High Temperature
30°F
November 5, 1901
November 4, 1879
Minimum Temperature
32 F - 35°F
 
Warmest Low Temperature
57°F
November 4, 2008
November 3, 1987
Coldest Low Temperature
-1°F
November 6, 1951
Average Temperature
40 F - 43°F
 
Warmest Average Temperature
66.0°F
November 4, 2008
Coldest Average Temperature
15.0°F
November 6, 1951
Precipitation
0.07"
Wettest
1.07"
November 5, 2013
Snowfall
0.1"
Snowiest
1.9"
November 5, 2002
Snow Depth at 7 AM
0"
Most Snow of Ground at 7 AM
6"
November 5, 1991
November 8, 1921

 

The odds of having any precipitation at all on Election Day are 36.2% (54 out of 149).  There has been measurable (0.01" or greater) precipitation on 38 Election Days (25.5%)  and trace amounts (less than 0.01") of precipitation on 16 Election Days (10.7%). Precipitation has fallen on 8 out of the last 12 Election Days.

Since 1893, it has snowed on 23 of 124 (18.5%) Election Days.  Measurable snow (0.1" or greater) has only fallen on 8 Election Days (6.5%) and trace (less than 0.01") amounts on another 15 Election Days (12.1%). The last time measurable snow has fallen on an Election Day was back in 2002 when 1.9 inches of snow fell. This was the greatest ever on an Election Day.

During last year's Election Day (2020 - November 3), the high temperature was 74°F (tied with 1964 for the 2nd warmest Election Day), the low temperature was 35°F, and no precipitation fell.  The average wind speed was 9.9 mph.

Rochester, MN:

The following statistics comprises 110 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 Rochester International Airport. No data was taken on Election Day from 1889 to 1891, 1908, from 1921 to 1928, and 1933.

Election Day in Rochester, MN
(Period of Record 1886-2020)
Normals
Records
Maximum Temperature

46 F - 50°F

Warmest High Temperature
74°F
‚ÄčNovember 3, 2020
November 4, 2008
Coldest High Temperature
24°F
November 8, 1892
Minimum Temperature
30 F - 33°F
 
Warmest Low Temperature
55°F
November 4, 2008
Coldest Low Temperature
2°F
November 6, 1951
Average Temperature
38 F - 41°F
 
Warmest Average Temperature
64.5°F
November 4, 2008
Coldest Average Temperature
14.0°F
November 8, 1892
Precipitation
0.07"
Wettest
1.26"
November 8, 1932
Snowfall
0.1"
Snowiest
2.3"
November 7, 1911
Snow Depth at 7 AM
0"
Most Snow of Ground at 7 AM
4"
November 5, 1991


The odds of having any precipitation at all on Election Day are 49.1% (54 out of 110).  There has been measurable (0.01" or greater) precipitation on 33 Election Days (30%) and trace amounts (less than 0.01") of precipitation on 21 Election Days (19.1%).

It has snowed on 19 of 101 (18.8%) Election Days. Measurable snow (0.1" or greater) has only fallen on 9 Election Days (8.9%) and trace (less than 0.01") amounts on another 10 Election Days (9.9%). 

During last year's Election Day (2020 - November 3), the high temperature was 74°F (tied for the warmest Election Day with 2008) and the low temperature was 32°F.  No precipitation fell.   There was no snow on the ground and the average wind speed was 12.3 mph.


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

  • In 1921 (November 8), seven inches of snow fell in Fayette, IA.
  • In 1951 (November 6), residents woke up to a very cold Election Day.  Temperatures that morning ranged from -10 at Hatfield WI to 12 at Guttenberg IA. This was the coldest low temperature on an Election Day at both La Crosse WI (-1) and Rochester MN (2).  Most locations only climbed to around freezing during the day.  Fortunately, the wind speeds were mainly less than 10 mph.
  • In 1964 (November 3), Hillsboro, WI (75), Necedah, WI (75), Trempealeau, WI (75), and Genoa, WI (74) recorded their warmest November temperatures.
  • In 2008 (November 4), both La Crosse WI (75) and Rochester MN (74) had their warmest Election Day.
  • In 2013 (November 5), La Crosse WI received 1.07" of rain.  This made it their wettest Election Day.
  • In 2019 (November 5), it was a cold Election Day for those that were west of the Mississippi River.  Rochester MN had a high temperature was 31°F (tied for 7th coldest with 1933 & 1995) and the low temperature was 19°F (tied for 9th coldest with 1935 & 1995).  A total of 1.1" of snow fell (4th snowiest). This was the first measurable snow in Rochester on an Election Day since 2002 when 0.9" fell (5th snowiest).
  • In 2020 (November 3), Rochester, MN had a high temperature of 74°F.  This tied 2008 for the warmest Election Day.  La Crosse, WI had a high temperature of 74°F.  This tied with 1964 for the 2nd warmest Election Day.  Only 2008 was warmer with a high temperature of 75°F.