White Christmas Forecast:
Granted, we are still a ways away from a Christmas forecast, but unfortunately Frosty may not be in town on the 25th. As shown in the video, a contributing factor to snow events in the east has been a decent snow pack to our northwest. Without the snow, eastern Carolina experiences quick shots of cold air that moderates over a couple days. This makes it very difficult for the atmosphere to come together for a significant event. Historically we have a mere 5% chance at a White Christmas every December. Without a snow pack to our northwest, I will be going with a 3% chance this year...sorry Frosty. That being said, that 3% isn't a 0% and the window is still open for some Christmas magic. Besides, Santa slides just fine on grass and pavement anyways :)
Using the definition, we have registered one White Christmas in the records book. As mentioned in the video, 1989 had a significant snow event that left most of us east of I-95 under at least an inch of snow through Christmas Day. The chilly air lingered long enough to even keep some of the snow around into the New Year. Feel free to share your stories about that White Christmas of 1989 by commenting on this story.
White Christmas Defined:
1 inch of snow on the ground during December 25th. By this definition, it would be considered a white Christmas if an inch of snow accumulated during the 25th.
Don't let the forecast get you down. We can still enjoy the holiday with a couple of friends...and no Rudolph maintenance needed!:
Q: How come you never hear anything about the 10th reindeer "Olive" ?
A: Yeah, you know, "Olive the other reindeer, used to laugh and call him names"
*Santa comes to feed the reindeer every night at 5pm*