Remembrances of Christmas Days Past

THE JACKSON WEATHER OFFICE STARTED KEEPING CLIMATE RECORDS ON
JANUARY 1ST 1981. THIS MEANS THAT 28 CHRISTMAS DAYS HAVE COME AND
GONE. LETS TAKE A LOOK AT THE HISTORY OF WEATHER FOR DECEMBER 25TH.

THE COLDEST CHRISTMAS DAY OCCURRED IN 1983...WHEN THE MERCURY
DROPPED TO 12 DEGREES BELOW ZERO. THIS WAS THE ONLY CHRISTMAS WHEN
SUB ZERO READINGS WERE RECORDED AT THE JACKSON WEATHER SERVICE
OFFICE. IN FACT THE HIGH TEMPERATURE ONLY REACHED 6 DEGREES THAT
DAY...WHICH IS THE COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURE FOR DECEMBER 25TH.

IN CONTRAST...THE WARMEST CHRISTMAS DAY HAPPENED ON THE PREVIOUS
YEAR...1982. THE TEMPERATURE SOARED TO 76 DEGREES. THE LOW READING
WAS ONLY 59 DEGREES THAT DAY...WHICH IS THE WARMEST MINIMUM
TEMPERATURE FOR CHRISTMAS DAY.

THE SNOWIEST CHRISTMAS WAS BACK IN 1993...WHEN 3.6 INCHES OF SNOW
BLANKETED THE GROUND. THERE WERE ALSO THREE OTHER CHRISTMAS
OCCURRENCES WHEN OVER AN INCH OF SNOW FELL...2.1 INCHES IN
1995...1.5 INCHES IN 2002 AND 1.4 INCHES IN 1992. 10 CHRISTMAS DAYS
SAW AT LEAST A TRACE OF SNOWFALL OVER THE LAST 28 YEARS.

THE GREATEST CHRISTMAS MORNING SNOW DEPTH WAS TWO INCHES...AND
HAPPENED IN 1985 AND 1989. THERE WERE ALSO THREE CHRISTMAS MORNINGS
THAT HAD A SNOW DEPTH OF ONE INCH...1993...1995 AND 1998. IN
TOTAL...AT LEAST A TRACE OF SNOW WAS ON THE GROUND FOR 12 OF THE
LAST 28 CHRISTMAS MORNINGS.

THE WETTEST CHRISTMAS...HAPPENED IN 1987...WHEN 1.93 INCHES OF RAIN
WAS RECEIVED AT THE JACKSON WEATHER OFFICE. THERE HAVE BEEN 6 TOTAL
CHRISTMAS DAYS WHEN PRECIPITATION FELL AS JUST RAIN BETWEEN 1981 AND
2008 BECAUSE TEMPERATURES WERE TOO WARM. IN TOTAL...16 OF THE LAST
28 CHRISTMAS DAYS HAVE SEEN SOME TYPE OF PRECIPITATION.

MISCELLANEOUS CHRISTMAS WEATHER INFORMATION...THERE HAVE BEEN 22
CHRISTMAS DAYS WHEN THE MERCURY WAS EQUAL TO OR DROPPED BELOW THE
FREEZING MARK. THERE WERE ALSO 10 DAYS WHEN THE HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS
32 DEGREES OR BELOW. 14 CHRISTMAS DAYS AVERAGED 32 DEGREES OR LESS.
OVER THE LAST 28 CHRISTMAS DAYS...12 HAVE BEEN DRY.

&&

HERE IS THE DAILY DATA FROM THE JACKSON WEATHER OFFICE FOR CHRISTMAS
SINCE 1981...

                                                       7 AM
YEAR   HIGH     LOW    PRECIPITATION     SNOWFALL   SNOW DEPTH

1981    44      30          0.00            0.0         0
1982    76      59          0.17            0.0         0
1983     6     -12             T              T         T
1984    45      24             T            0.0         0
1985    17       5          0.02            0.2         2
1986    41      34          0.01            0.0         0
1987    59      48          1.93            0.0         0
1988    47      32          0.00            0.0         0
1989    24      16          0.02            0.1         2
1990    31      11             T              T         T
1991    45      25          0.00            0.0         0
1992    37      19          0.06            1.4         0
1993    31      14          0.17            3.6         1
1994    46      31          0.00            0.0         0
1995    27      22          0.06            2.1         1
1996    33      19          0.00            0.0         0
1997    54      37          0.09            0.0         0
1998    33      17          0.00            0.0         1
1999    27      10          0.00            0.0         T
2000    23       7          0.00            0.0         T
2001    31      19          0.00            0.0         0
2002    42      26          0.28            1.5         T
2003    32      25          0.02            0.4         T
2004    33      14          0.00            0.0         T
2005    48      34          0.49              T         0
2006    50      38          0.25            0.0         0
2007    47      30          0.00            0.0         0
2008    44      30          0.00            0.0         0



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