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John Wheeler, Published November 26 2012

Weather Talk: Modest snow cover could mean no white Christmas

Four weeks from today is Christmas Day. Now that there is snow on the ground, we can speculate on our chances of there still being snow on the ground for Christmas.

Last year, there was little snow during November and December, and the 0.6 inch that fell on Dec. 23 melted on Christmas Eve. Christmas Day was sunny with a high of 45 degrees. Last year was unusual in that we had the warmest average temperature for any winter on record, but it was not all that unusual we didn’t have snow.

Over the course of recorded history (back to 1881), there has been measurable snow on the ground Christmas Day about 85 percent of the time. This means that there is little or no snow for Christmas about once every seven or eight years on average. The modest snow cover we have today could easily melt or be covered up by additional snow over the next four weeks.

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