Will This Christmas be White?

Chances of a White Christmas

With Christmas quickly closing in, many people wonder if there will be snow on the ground to accompany their holiday festivities. There are many different ways to define a "White Christmas". One typical definition of a White Christmas is one where there is at least one inch of snow on the ground on Christmas day.

 Graphic from NCDC

From this map, we see that the greatest probability of a White Christmas is over northern portions of the Hoosier state. Here in central Indiana, the probability of having at least an inch of snow on the ground on Christmas day is 36%. Since snow depth measurement records began in 1898, there have been 38 Christmas days which qualify as "white" by this standard of one inch of snow on the ground or more.

For more detailed information on the probability of a white Christmas in Indianapolis, including other commonly used definitions of "White Christmas", please visit our Christmas Climate page at the following address:

 http://www.crh.noaa.gov/ind/print_localdata.php?loc=txtdat&data=Christmas.txt


 

The last five Christmas Days at Indianapolis

Year

High Temp

Low Temp

Precipitation

Snowfall

Total Snow on the Ground

2005

41

33

1.36

2.6

0

2004

20

-3

0.01

0.3

9

2003

36

18

Trace

Trace

Trace

2002

29

24

0.14

1.9

7

2001

26

12

Trace

Trace

0

Stay tuned to the National Weather Service - Indianapolis web page for further information and statements regarding the probability of a White Christmas in 2006.

www.weather.gov/indy


 

Data Prepared by Logan Johnson, Climate Services Focal Point

For further information contact w-ind.webmaster@noaa.gov

NCDC White Christmas Page: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/extremes/christmas.html



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