Remembrances of Christmas Days Past at Jackson/Probability of a White Christmas

THE JACKSON WEATHER OFFICE STARTED KEEPING CLIMATE RECORDS ON
JANUARY 1ST 1981. THIS MEANS THAT 29 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 29 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 29 CHRISTMAS MORNINGS.
THE WETTEST CHRISTMAS...HAPPENED IN 1987...WHEN 1.93 INCHES OF RAIN
WAS RECEIVED AT THE JACKSON WEATHER OFFICE. THERE HAVE BEEN 7 TOTAL
CHRISTMAS DAYS WHEN PRECIPITATION FELL AS JUST RAIN BETWEEN 1981 AND
2009 BECAUSE TEMPERATURES WERE TOO WARM. IN TOTAL...17 OF THE LAST
29 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 29 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           0
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
2009     58     34        0.15         0.0           0



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