Christmas Weather Facts for Des Moines

Christmas Weather Facts for Des Moines

There have been 24 Christmas Days out of 131 years that have had measurable
snowfall in 
Des Moines since 1878 - giving the chance of occurrence at 18%.

There have been 50 Christmas Days out of 131 years that have had a trace of snow 
or more in Des Moines since 1878 – giving the chance of occurrence at 38%.

The Snowiest Christmas days since 1990 include:

1941       4.8 inches occurred that day
1909       4.1 inches occurred that day
1895       3.5 inches occurred that day
1993       0.7 inches occurred that day

The Top 10 Years with Deepest Snow Cover on Christmas Day for Des Moines:

 Year                                                       Snow Depth

1961                                                       17.0 inches
2000                                                       12.0 inches
1983                                                         7.0 inches
1895                                                         7.0 inches
1961                                                         6.0 inches
1969                                                         5.0 inches
2007                                                         5.0 inches
1952                                                         4.0 inches
1989                                                         4.0 inches
1999                                                         4.0 inches
1944                                                         3.0 inches

With the current snow depth in Des Moines at 8 inches as of 6 pm Christmas Eve in 
2008,
this makes 2008 the third highest year for snow depth on Christmas Day – 
unless the snow should settle to 7.0 inches by early Christmas morning!

Weather for the Past 10 Christmas Days in Des Moines:

 Year       High                       Low                 Precipitation                      Snowfall 

2007        43                            19                         .00                                .00
2006        36                            25                         .00                                .00
2005        34                            29                         T                                     T
2004        33                            23                         T                                     T
2003        46                            19                         .00                                .00
2002        25                            14                         T                                     T
2001        20                              8                         T                                     T
2000          8                           -12                         .00                                .00
1999        39                            14                         .00                                 .00
1998        33                            13                         .00                                 .00

Normals for Christmas Day:

Normal High Temperature:          30
Normal Low Temperature:          14
Normal Precipitation:                  .04  inches
Normal Snowfall:                        .40  inches

Records for Christmas Day:

Record High Temperature:            58 in 1936
Record Low Temperature:           -16 in 1879

For the Past 131 Years…Number of Days with a High of:

0 or Colder…                                       0 days
0 to 10 Above                                      6 days
0 to 20 Above                                    17 days
20 to 30 Above                                  30 days
30 to 40 Above                                  41 days
40 to 50 Above                                  26 days
50 to 60 Above                                  11 days
60 Above or greater                             0 days

With the projected high of 28 degrees for Christmas 2008, our high would be slightly 
below normal. Our
low of 2 above zero this morning puts us much below our 
normal low early this Christmas morning!

 

 

 

 



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