Throwback Thursday: 65 Years, 77 Degrees Difference

It doesn’t take a scientist to tell you that it’s been an unseasonably warm winter in the Midwest. Sometimes, all you need is a photographer.


View from the top of the FPL January 30, 2015. The temperature reached 40 degrees that day.


The same view from the top of the FPL January 30, 1951. The temperature plunged to -37 degrees that day.

True to tradition, Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) photographer Stephen Schmieding, ascended to the top of the laboratory Saturday to capture this striking image of a warming Wisconsin. Comparing the 40 degree weather to the -37 degree bone-chilling temperatures of winters past is a striking reminder of the roller-coaster weather our nation has, and will continue to experience.