Christmas time is here
Happiness and cheer
Fun for all that children call
Their favorite time of the year
Snowflakes in the air
Olden times and ancient rhymes
Of love and dreams to share
-Charlie Brown Christmas
Charlie Brown may think Christmas is commercial, and perhaps it is. However, there’s also a thought in everyone’s mind that Christmas is associated with snow on the ground. If you live in the South, you know for a fact that rarely happens. However, if you live at higher latitudes, then your chances are much greater at seeing snow. In this post, we will see who’s going to have a white Christmas this year.
NOAA defines a white Christmas for those places that see at least one inch of snow on the ground. If it snows on the 24th and sticks on the ground for the 25th, then you have yourself a white Christmas. Climatology says that Minnesota, Maine, Upstate New York, the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania and West Virginia, Idaho, and the Rockies or the Sierra Nevada Mountains are the most likely places to see snow on Christmas Day. Of course, fluctuations occur based on the activity of winter storms during the month of December. The United States has had a fair share of winter storms, but over this past weekend, many of us across the Eastern half of the United States has seen temperatures well above average. Snow that was on the ground may have melted.
Here’s a look at the snow depth across the United States on December 22, 2013:
Below are graphics from one weather model indicating snow depth across various places around the world. It might not be truly accurate, but it can give you an idea about whether you will wake up to see snow on the ground. Rule of thumb: Climatology wins again. If you live in Canada though, you definitely win!
Bottom line: It looks like the U.S. Rockies and across the Northern parts of the United States will have snow on the ground for Christmas Day. Meanwhile, Canada and Russia are also in great shape for snow on the ground for the 25th. If you aren’t living in these places, then you might have to dream for that White Christmas after all! Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you and to all of your family!
When he's not keeping EarthSky's community up-to-date on global weather happenings, meteorologist Matt Daniel is the weekend Meteorologist for 13WMAZ (CBS) in Macon, Georgia. He is also a freelance weather producer for CNN. He has contributed to articles to MSN Weather and worked with the National Weather Service. Matt graduated from The University of Georgia where he obtained a degree in Geography and a certificate in Atmospheric Sciences and Music Business. He has a passion for helping to keep people safe when severe weather strikes and says if you don't have a NOAA Weather Radio ... you should get one.