White Christmas Facts For Wichita (12/19/2008)

By: Robb Lawson

If you are dreaming of 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 13 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. Last year we had a rare white Christmas with 4 inches of snow on the ground which tied the record for the snowiest Christmas.

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.

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

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