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Record wind chill is about a 1-in-300 possibility in La Crosse



La Crosse has one more morning of dangerous wind chills to get through on Thursday, before a mass of arctic air moves out of the region.

Weather forecasters in La Crosse have told us that this week’s low temperatures and wind chills are the worst in more than 20 years, since 1996.

According to the National Weather Service office, La Crosse experiences windchill readings below -40 degrees about once every 300 times there’s a windchill.

It feels like 20-below about 3 percent of the time.

La Crosse’s lowest windchill on record is negative-60, reported in 1936.

The study figures come from weather records over a 30-year period, from 1971 to 2000.

The highest percentages of dangerous wind chill readings in the region were reported in Duluth and Rochester.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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