Dreaming of a White Christmas? (12/19/2007)

By: Robb Lawson

If you are hoping for a white Christmas in Wichita, you're likely to be disappointed.

For official records a White Christmas is defined by 1 inch or more of snow on the ground. It can either fall Christmas day, or have been on the ground from a previous storm.

There have only been 12 white Christmas's recorded since records have been kept in Wichita. This gives Wichita around a 10 percent chance for a White Christmas for any given year. The last time we had a White Christmas was back in 2002 when we had 2 inches of snow on the ground. The biggest snowstorm to hit Wichita on December 25th was 4 inches, which fell way back in 1894. The most snow on the ground for Christmas occurred in 1894 and 1962 with 4 inches.

As for temperature extremes, the coldest Christmas on record occurred in 1983, when the low was -6, with a high of 10 above. The warmest was in 1960, when the mercury soared to 65 degrees.

For additional holiday climate information, click here.

This story was brought to you by the National Weather Service - Wichita, Kansas.

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