The SCO helps interpret ice-on and ice-off dates for local groups promoting recreation on the Madison area lakes. This information fosters public safety and provides an excellent example of how the climate is changing, as indicated by the long-term trends in the length of ice cover on Madison lakes. The SCO also helped rural stakeholders and researchers understand and cope with the historic 2023 summer drought. From June-September, the SCO provided climate briefings to the Wisconsin Emergency Management’s Drought Task Force that advises the Governor’s office on drought management. The SCO also generated expert assessments for stakeholders, resulting in over 20 articles in publications like the Wisconsin State Farmer, PBS, and on local news.