Dreaming of a fresh coat of fluffy snow on the ground Christmas morning?
It may still be too early to tell whether or not you’ll experience this small Christmas miracle, but you can find out what your overall chances are based on historical weather data.
The National Weather Service looked at weather reports on Christmas Day every year between 1981 and 2010. Using that information, they determined the chances of any given place in the United States having at least one inch of snow on the ground on Dec. 25.
The dark gray areas along the West Coast and the southern United States depict a nearly non-existent chance of seeing any snow on the ground Christmas morning.
If you’re in the Rocky Mountains, the Upper Midwest or the Northeast, however, you are practically guaranteed to have snow on the ground come Dec. 25.
This is all based on climatalogical data, however — and that’s all based on historical figures. Whether or not we actually see any snow Christmas morning will depend on the weather pattern at the time.
Christmas is still a little too far off to predict exactly what kind of weather we’ll have then, but people can keep checking in with the National Climatic Data Center and at least keep dreaming of a white Christmas.