Will We Get A White Christmas?
In all of the holiday movies on Netflix and the Hallmark Channel, it always snows on Christmas, but what are the chances that those of us in Mercer, Bucks and Burlington Counties will actually get a white Christmas this year?
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released a map that shows the historical probability of at least one inch of snow on Dec. 25 for each part of the continental United States. Based on the historical analysis, we have about a 13% chance of snow on Christmas, although the NOAA does say that "the actual conditions in any year may vary widely from these because the weather patterns present will determine the snow on the ground or snowfall on Christmas day."
According to NBC10, Philadelphia has only seen 1 or more inches snow fall on Christmas 5 times in the last 130 years, with the last time being 2002 when the city got 1.1 inches. And the highest snowfall total on Dec. 25 in Philly since 1888 occurred in 1909 when the city got 5.5 inches of snow.
So what does this all mean? Well, if you're really dreaming of a white Christmas, you may want to head to the Poconos, where history shows there is anywhere between a 30% and 50% chance of show on Dec. 25. Or you could travel to Little Fork, MN, where there is a 97% chance of snow on Christmas. And if you're still not happy with those odds, you could go to Mazama, WA, where you're almost guaranteed (99% chance) to get your white Christmas.