One question that is often asked is... What is the probability of a white Christmas?

The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) has put together a chart that uses stations with at least 25 years or more of snow data. 

The following chart using the 1981-2010 data shows that in our part of the country, we have a white Christmas less than 40% of the time.

In Omaha, the probability of a white Christmas (an inch or more of snow on the ground) is 33% (40 out of 121 years of snow records through 2013 using current data available).

White Christmas

The following is a compilation of weather statistics for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at:

OMAHA

Christmas Eve/Christmas Day in Omaha , NE
(Period of Record 1871-2013)

Records

December 24th

December 25th

Normals

 

 

 

Warmest High Temperature

68 F 1889

57 F 1946 and 1936

Maximum Temperature

33.2 F

Coldest High Temperature

-11 F 1983

2 F 1983

Minimum Temperature

15.6 F

Warmest Low Temperature

47 F 1889

45 F 1936

Average Temperature

24.4 F

Coldest Low Temperature

-19 F 1983

-17 F 1983

Daily Precipitation

0.02”

Wettest

0.79" 1875

1.12” 1941

Snowfall *

0.2"

Snowiest *

6.1" 1945

5.8" 1941

Snow Depth
at 7 AM (data since 1948)

2.0"

Most Snow onGround
at 7 AM

13" 1983

13” 1983

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Using available climate records 

Interesting Christmas Fact: The lowest record high temperature of the year at Omaha occurs on Christmas Day with 57 degrees set in 1946 (the lowest record high temperature of the year is shared with January 14th (1914) and 15th (1990)).
 
LINCOLN
 

Christmas Eve/Christmas Day in Lincoln , NE
(Period of Record 1871-2013)

Records

December 24th

December 25th

Normals

 

 

 

Warmest High Temperature

62 F 1889

65 F 1889

Maximum Temperature

36.0F

Coldest High Temperature

-10 F 1983

4 F 1983

Minimum Temperature

15.9 F

Warmest Low Temperature

41 F 1936

41 F 1936

Average Temperature

26.0 F

Coldest Low Temperature

-18 F 1983

-16 F 1983

Daily Precipitation

0.02”

Wettest

0.70" 1982

0.62” 2009

Snowfall *

0.2"

Snowiest *

4.8" 1948

9.5" 2009

Snow Depth
at 7 AM *  (data since 1948)

1.8"

Most Snow on Ground
at 7 AM *

15" 1983

14” 1983

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Using available climate records

NORFOLK

Christmas Eve/Christmas Day in Norfolk , NE
(Period of Record 1871-2013)

Records

December 24th

December 25th

Normals

 

 

 

Warmest High Temperature

59F 1941

63 F 1963

Maximum Temperature

33.5 F

Coldest High Temperature

-10 F 1983

1 F 1902

Minimum Temperature

12.2F

Warmest Low Temperature

 32 F 1901

 33 F 1959

Average Temperature

22.9 F

Coldest Low Temperature

-23 F 1920

-16 F 1983

Daily Precipitation

0.02”

Wettest

1.46" 1893

0.73” 2009

Snowfall *

0.3"

Snowiest *

6.5" 1916

11.8“ 2009

Snow Depth
at 7 AM *

2.7"

Most Snow onGround
at 7 AM *

15" 1968

16” 1968

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Using available climate records

Historical Weather for Christmas Day in Omaha, Nebraska

Christmas Day Weather (1871 - Present)

Year

Max

Min

Precip.

Snow

Snow Depth

2013 43 19 0.00 0 T
2012 12 2 0.00 0 4
2011 49 25 0.00 0 0
2010 25 15 T T T
2009 24 8 0.41 5.8 10
2008 37 6 T T 3
2007 42 22 0.00 0.0 4
2006 37 20 0.00 0.0 0
2005 35 30 0.00 0.0 0
2004 49 20 0.00 0.0 0
2003 43 22 0.00 0.0 0
2002 32 11 0.00 0.0 0
2001 21 7 T T 1
2000 15 -4 0.02 0.3 7
1999 50 17 0.00 0.0 1
1998 43 9 0.00 0.0 T
1997 33 24 0.01 0.3 0
1996 10 0 T 0.1 T
1995 31 20 0.00 0.0 T
1994 46 24 0.00 0.0 T
1993 34 8 0.00 0.0 1
1992 38 17 T T 0
1991 46 28 0.00 0.0 0
1990 21 -3 T T 1
1989 42 20 0.00 0.0 3
1988 29 15 T T 0
1987 23 17 0.00 0.0 0
1986 41 27 0.00 0.0 T
1985 19 -2 0.00 0.0 T
1984 34 4 0.00 0.0 T
1983 2 -17 T T 13
1982 38 18 T T 0
1981 33 19 0.00 0.0 1
1980 18 -5 0.00 0.0 T
1979 36 22 0.00 0.0 0
1978 33 12 0.00 0.0 1
1977 20 7 T T 0
1976 46 18 0.00 0.0 0
1975 30 25 T T 0
1974 34 10 T T T
1973 33 16 0.01 T 3
1972 40 24 0.00 0.0 T
1971 46 30 T 0.0 0
1970 32 12 0.00 0.0 T
1969 41 10 0.00 0.0 4
1968 24 11 0.02 0.3 4
1967 39 11 0.01 T T
1966 30 9 0.00 0.0 0
1965 32 24 T T T
1964 22 7 0.16 2.0 2
1963 50 20 0.00 0.0 1
1962 21 0 0.05 0.7 4
1961 35 13 0.00 0.0 8
1960 50 28 0.00 0.0 0
1959 53 37 0.01 0.0 0
1958 51 27 0.00 0.0 0
1957 52 32 0.17 1.8 1
1956 46 19 0.00 0.0 0
1955 43 16 0.00 0.0 0
1954 52 30 0.00 0.0 0
1953 54 24 0.00 0.0 0
1952 27 9 T T 4
1951 20 2 T T 10
1950 38 18 0.00 0.0 0
1949 40 10 0.00 0.0 T
1948 18 -7 T T 8
1947 41 31 0.00 0.0 0
1946 57 26 0.00 0.0 0
1945 23 19 0.09 0.8 8.4
1944 22 4 0.00 0.0 T
1943 44 18 0.00 0.0 0
1942 34 27 0.01 0.0 T
1941 34 30 1.12 6.0 1.3
1940 44 31 0.00 0.0 T
1939 27 10 0.00 0.0 2.8
1938 50 26 0.00 0.0 0
1937 44 14 T T 0
1936 57 45 0.00 0.0 0
1935 10 -1 T T 1.0
1934 31 -1 T T T
1933 14 1 T T T
1932 41 32 T T T
1931 52 33 0.00 0.0 0
1930 36 29 T T T
1929 52 27 0.00 0.0 T
1928 51 29 0.00 0.0 0
1927 42 21 0.00 0.0 T
1926 32 13 0.00 0.0 3
1925 20 11 T T 3.5
1924 15 -3 0.00 0.0 2.3
1923 43 30 0.00 0.0 0
1922 56 38 0.00 0.0 0
1921 28 2 0.00 0.0 0.3
1920 25 16 T T 4.9
1919 41 28 0.00 0.0 4.5
1918 26 5 0.00 0.0 1.5
1917 23 9 0.00 0.0 0
1916 36 6 0.17 0.0 2.6
1915 32 17 0.00 0.0 0.3
1914 8 2 0.01 0.1 6
1913 19 8 T T T
1912 42 28 0.00 0.0 0
1911 21 11 0.00 0.0 4
1910 41 23 0.00 0.0 0.4
1909 18 7 0.04 0.4 12
1908 40 30 0.00 0.0 0
1907 47 23 0.00 0.0 0
1906 42 23 0.00 0.0 0
1905 49 27 0.00 0.0 0
1904 32 27 T T 0
1903 37 -1 T T 0
1902 4 -3 0.00 0.0 0.4
1901 43 28 0.00 0.0 0
1900 30 14 0.03 0.4 1.1
1899 19 13 0.05 0.6 0.6
1898 31 20 T T T
1897 34 26 0.00 0.0 4.5
1896 42 22 0.00 0.0 0
1895 35 20 0.00 0.0 0
1894 30 16 0.00 0.0 0
1893 23 15 0.01 T T
1892 12 -6 0.03 0.3 No Data
1891 11 4 0.24 2.5 No Data
1890 33 11 0.00 0.0 No Data
1889 54 29 0.00 0.0 No Data
1888 24 16 0.01 0.1 No Data
1887 30 19 0.00 0.0 No Data
1886 18 2 0.18 1.6 No Data
1885 44 28 T 0.0 No Data
1884 5 -12 0.05 0.5 No Data
1883 49 19 0.00 0.0 No Data
1882 28 20 0.05 0.5 No Data
1881 47 35 0.00 0.0 No Data
1880 18 12 T T No Data
1879 11 -16 0.00 0.0 No Data
1878 20 -1 0.00 0.0 No Data
1877 37 27 0.00 0.0 No Data
1876 22 14 0.07 0.7 No Data
1875 36 20 0.00 0.0 No Data
1874 42 27 0.00 0.0 No Data
1873 38 26 0.00 0.0 No Data
1872 10 -3 0.06 0.6 No Data
1871 5 -6 0.00 0.0 No Data

National Weather Service - Omaha/Valley

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