Christmas Climate Information


 Western and Central North Dakota 
Christmas Day Climate Information
 


 Are You Dreaming of A White Christmas in North Dakota?

 As Christmas approaches, North Dakotans wonder what the chances of 
a white Christmas will be. A white Christmas is defined as having one or more inches 
of snow on the ground. So, what is the overall chance of seeing a white Christmas in
 Western and Central North Dakota for any given year?

Below is an image showing the probabilty of a white Christmas for the lower
48 states. Here in North Dakota on any given Christmas, there is a greater than 50% 
chance of seeing a white Christmas. The chances of a white Christmas increase 
from the Southwest to the Northeast, where chances increase to greater than 90%.

 


  For selected cities across western and central North Dakota, below are 
the top 5's for record maximum and minimum temperatures, snowfall, and
 snow depth through 2010. 

 

 Bismarck

Five Warmest 
Highs

Five
Coldest Highs

Five 
Warmest Lows 

Five 
 Coldest 
Lows

Five Snowiest

Five Greatest Snow Depths

49
1999 

-10
1996

30
 1999* 

-35
1884 

9.2"
2009

 13"
2010*

 45
1963*

-8
1892 

 27
1959

 -34
1990

 5.2"
1916

 11"
2008*

 44
1991*

-7
1990* 

 26
1953*

 -30
1914

4.1" 
1950

 10"
1993

 43
1994

 -5
1902*

 25
1940*

-24
1902 

3.2"
1968

 9"
1996*

 42
1997*

 -4
1935

 24
2007*

 -23
1933

2.4"
1904

 8"
1978*

The last brown Christmas in Bimarck was in 2006. During the period, 1886-2010, there have been 28 Christmas Days with greater than or equal to 0.1" of snowfall,  34 days with a trace, and 63 days with NO snowfall.
* indicates there are previous years which the record also occurred

 

Williston

Five Warmest 
Highs

Five  Coldest Highs

Five 
Warmest Lows 

Five 
 Coldest 
Lows

Five Snowiest

Five Greatest Snow Depths

51
1993 

-17
1996 

26
1975 

 -32
1996

4.5"
2009

 19"
2010

 47
1931

 -6
1990

 25
1979

 -31
1990

 1.0"
1980

 15"
1996

 46
1963

-5
1964

 24
2005

 -30
1914

0.7" 
1988

 12"
1964

 45
1991

 3
1983

 23
1999

 -27
1964

0.5"
1964

 8"
2000

 44
2005

 4
1988

 21
2007*

 -26
1934

0.4"
1965

 6"
1995

The last brown Christmas in Williston was in 2007. During the period, 1894 to 2010, there have been 29 Christmas Days with greater than or equal to 0.1" of snowfall, 58 days with a trace, and 28 days with NO snowfall. There were two years (1904 and 1905) where snowfall was marked as missing.
* indicates there are previous years which the record also occurred

 

Minot

Five Warmest 
Highs

Five  Coldest Highs

Five 
Warmest Lows 

Five 
 Coldest 
Lows

Five Snowiest

Five Greatest Snow Depths

48
1999 

-12
1996 

28
1999*

 -26
1933

3.8"
1950

 17"
2010

 47
1931

 -9
1935

 27
1991

 -23
1934

 3.0"
2009

 14"
1967

 44
1943

-5
1933

 26
1996

 -21
1996

2.2" 
1975

 13"
1967

 42
1928

 -4
1934

 25
1943

 -20
1935*

1.6"
1960

 12"
1996*

 41
2005

 -3
1964

 24
1928

 -16
1925

1.0"
1942*

 10"
2009*

The last brown Christmas in Minot was in 2006. During the period, 1923 to 2010, there have been 18 Christmas Days with greater than or equal to 0.1" of snow, 23 days with a trace, and 46 days with NO snowfall. 
* indicates there are previous years which the record also occurred

Dickinson

Five Warmest 
Highs

Five  Coldest Highs

Five 
Warmest Lows 

Five 
 Coldest 
Lows

Five Snowiest

Five Greatest Snow Depths

51
2005*

-14
1996 

33
1963 

-29
1996*

11.4"
2009

 11"
2010

 47
1940

 -7
1934

 32
1919

 -27
1937

 2.5"
1916

 8"
2009*

 46
1994*

-6
1990

 31
1994

 -21
1990*

2.0" 
1942*

 7"
1977

 45
1943*

 -4
1933*

 28
2005*

 -20
1933

1.9"
1978

 6"
1996*

 44
1999*

 -3
1921

 25
1922

 -17
1924

1.7"
1968*

 5"
1973*

The last brown Christmas in Dickinson was in 2007. During the period, 1893 to 2010, there have been 22 Christmas Days with greater than or equal to 0.1" of snow, 22 days with a trace, and 73 days with NO snowfall. 
* indicates there are previous years which the record also occurred

Jamestown

Five Warmest 
Highs

Five  Coldest Highs

Five 
Warmest Lows 

Five 
 Coldest 
Lows

Five Snowiest

Five Greatest Snow Depths

46
1999

-14
1996 

33
1928

-25
1933

8.2"
1950

 22"
1996

 44
1943

 -7
1990

 28
1953*

 -24
1917*

 2.1"
1949

 15"
1949

 42
1994

-6
1935

 26
1994

 -23
1996

2.0" 
1942*

 13"
2010

 41
1919

 -4
1933

 25
1995*

 -22
1924

1.9"
1978

 12"
1985

 40
1991*

 -2
1925*

 24
1943*

 -20
1937*

1.7"
1968*

 11"
1993

The last brown Christmas in Jamestown was in 2006. During the period, 1893 to 2010, there have been 16 Christmas Days with greater than or equal to 0.1" of snow, 24 days with a trace, and 76 days with NO snowfall. 
* indicates there are previous years which the record also occurred

 


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