‘Climate Change’ Will Ruin White Christmas’ In The Future Or Something

Everything is proceeding as normal, but, doom will soon arrive!

(Seeker) As the calendar works toward Christmas Day, an annual question returns: “Will there be a White Christmas?”

In some parts of the U.S., a white Christmas is expected, while in others, it is unheard of. The white areas on the map below indicate the historical chances of a white Christmas, based on the National Centers for Environmental Information climate data from 1981-2010. In this case, a white Christmas is defined as having one inch of snow on the ground on Christmas Day. (snip)

A look at the current snow cover map in the U.S. is actually pretty similar to the historical probability map, with snow (or no snow) in most locations you would expect for this time of year. There are some subtle differences, however, with snow currently covering most of the Dakotas, Michigan, and New York, areas that are usually far from guaranteed to have a white Christmas.

So, sounds normal.

Climate change could wash out white Christmas in areas where they’re already unlikely. Rising temperatures are ensuring that more winter precipitation is falling as rain in many locations across the U.S.

A Climate Central analysis of 65 years of winter precipitation data from more than 2,000 weather stations in 42 states, found a decrease in the percent of precipitation falling as snow in winter months for every region of the country.

Here’s the thing: it doesn’t make it anthropogenic. In fact, there is absolutely nothing unusual from previous Holocene warm periods.

That means that while white Christmases will not disappear in the near future, it is likely they will become less common in places that have become accustomed to them in years past.

“Likely.” It’s always about the future doom.

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2 Responses to “‘Climate Change’ Will Ruin White Christmas’ In The Future Or Something”

  1. Dana says:

    We got a white Christmas here in 2002. 14 inches of wet, heavy snow, and the power went out for 30 hours. Not a lot of fun; tried cooking Christmas dinner on the BBQ grill out back.

    Now we have a wood stove, so if the power goes out, we’ll still have heat, but I like having my sparktricity, too!

  2. Rev.Hoagie® says:

    I’m surprised you don’t have an emergency generator considering where you live, Dana. That seems like a “must have” in Carbon County.

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