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Year in Review: A look back at 2017's wild weather

Appvion warehouse storm damage in Appleton, June 14, 2017. (WLUK/Alex Ronallo)

(WLUK) -- While 2017 is ending on a frigid note, the early going was quite the opposite.

A mild January led to an even more remarkable February. That month would go down as the second-warmest February on record in Green Bay -- with highs, at times, reaching into the 60s.

"I don't even know if I do remember a February quite like this, but it's very enjoyable," Troy Kreklau said at the time. "Last week already I was fishing out in Sturgeon Bay for whitefish and now we came down here and this is my seventh day in a row of fishing."

The mild weather would take its toll on the ice pack on area lakes and rivers. Combined with some particularly windy days late February and into early March, ice shoves became a real problem in some areas. They even caused damage to some lakefront structures as the rolled on shore.

"It does happen, usually one shore or the other, but not very often does it come up that high that it wipes out buildings like this here," Stockbridge fire chief Michael Funk said in March.

A relatively quiet spring would be rudely interrupted on June 14 by no fewer than 10 tornadoes tearing across Northeast Wisconsin. A single thunderstorm complex racing in from the southwest spawned most of them in the span of just about an hour.

"I looked at some of these trees outside, they were almost laying down," Tom Hahn of Appleton said in June. "I said, 'let's go down to the basement!' From the basement we could hear trees crashing, things hitting the roof and the siding and the windows."

Thankfully, there were no deaths or injuries from any of these weak, generally short-lived twisters. The 10 tornadoes, though, are a single-day June record in Northeast Wisconsin, and the most we've seen in one day since April of 2011.

And now, after a relatively quiet summer and fall, winter has returned.

Winter Storm Abigail brought nearly a foot of snow for some in mid-December.

And we'll be here waiting and tracking the next storms that come to Northeast Wisconsin as we close 2017 and move into 2018.


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