How Did Christmas 2012 Compare With Previous Years?

 

How did Christmas 2012 Compare with past records and normals?

 

 

Christmas Day 2012 Stats (NWS Marquette)

 

High Temp (F) 18
Low Temp (F) 13
Mean (average) (F) 16
 Precipitation (in) 0.01
Snowfall (in) 1.1
Snow Depth (in) 15

It appears that Christmas Day 2012 was close to normal, with the high temp a little cooler than normal, and the low temp a little warmer than normal. Overall, the average temp (for the day) ended up being normal. As far as precipitation, we were below normal, so we certainly did not break any records. Additionally, the snow depth was normal for December 25. Below are the stats for past Christmas', and the normals for Christmas Day.

 

 

Shown in the table are the Christmas Day statistics for the NWS Marquette Office located in Negaunee Township.
Normal High 24  
Normal Low 9  
Mean (Average) 16  
Normal Precipitation 0.07"  
Normal Snowfall 1.4"  
Normal Snow Depth 15"  
     
Record High 46 1994
Record Low -24 2004
Record Low High 5 1996 , 1983
Record High Low 28 2009
     
Greatest Precipitation 0.43"  1982
Greatest Snowfall 11.7"  2004
Greatest Snow Depth 41"  1968
               
Here is a look back at the weather on the last 10 Christmas Days.    
Year  High  Low  Precipitation  Snowfall  Snow Depth     
  2011   31  26  0.02  0.3   5    
2010 27 22 0.21 3.7 16    
2009 32 28 0.42 2.2 17    
2008 18 -1 T 0.7 22    
2007 25 20 0.16 2.7 9    
2006 30 23 T T T    
2005 32 25 0.03 0.2 10    
2004 13 -24 0.41 11.7 19    
2003 32 12 0 0 16    
2002 28 22 T T 5    
               
               
The following table shows the number of Christmas Days that snow has fallen or there has been snow on the ground.  
There were only two years that had a Trace of snow on the ground, 1994 and 2006.
  Occurrences Percent          
Snowfall (Trace or greater) 45 90%          
Snow Depth (Trace or greater) 50 100%          
               

Note: Weather Records for the Marquette National Weather Service located in Negaunee Township date back to 1961.

 
 
If you have been dreaming of a white Christmas then the map below will let you know what the chances are that your dream will come true. The probabilities for a white Christimas are based on the 1981-2010 normals data, which used stations that maintained at least 25 years of snowfall data. The chances shown are for at least 1 inch, 5 inches, and 10 inches of snow on the ground on Christmas Day.
 

                                             

                                              



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