It’s Been Forever Since Milwaukee Saw Some Sunshine, but Hey, at Least It’s Not Freezing

It’s been cloudy in Milwaukee for 10 straight days. No wonder we feel so gloomy.

Have you noticed something missing from your life the past few weeks? Maybe that blazing nova in the sky … I think we like to call it the sun? Yeah? Well, us too. 

So what’s the deal? Where’s the sun? 

At the beginning of January, our good ‘ole friend, the sun, graced us with its presence, but has since gone M.I.A. Send a search party!

In total there have been 13 totally cloudy days in January, with Friday being the tenth day in a row, according to the National Weather Service in Sullivan.

However, there are some benefits to the absence of our favorite friend. “The cloud cover acts as a blanket,” says Paul Collars, meteorologist for NWS. As a result, much like the actual blanket you curl up on the couch with, the cloud coverage keeps weather warmer. 

“Would you rather have bitter temperatures with sun, or cloudy but milder?” Collars asks.

Just last year, the wind chill was -50 degrees on Jan. 31. Fast forward to this year and the wind chill was 33 degrees, making for an 83 degree wind chill difference, according to WISN 12. Yep, you read that right, 83 degrees!

But, if you’re still craving that vitamin D, you’re in luck. “Sunday is the day, … the day we see the sun once again,” said TMJ4’s meteorologist Brian Niznansky in a Tweet on Friday

Time to apply that sunscreen. 



Allie is an Editorial Intern at Milwaukee Magazine. She is a senior at UW-Milwaukee studying Creative Writing and Journalism. You can follow her on Instagram at @alliehabck