What does climate change mean for your chances of a white Christmas?

What does climate change mean for your chances of a white Christmas?

By Will Bugler

2019 is looking like it will end up as the second hottest year on record, but what does warmer average global temperatures mean for your chances of experiencing a white Christmas?

Well, to a very large extent, that depends on where you are in the world. Citizens of Bethlehem will not be holding their breath for a dusting of snow, while those in Lapland would be more than a little surprised if they avoided even a few inches.

However, the chances of snow falling over the winter holiday period are changing. In some parts of the world, such as southern parts of Canada, and Western and Central Europe, snow has become significantly less likely. But in many parts of the US, for example, the chances of snow have actually gone up – especially in the West of the country, and the Appalachians.

In the UK, the chances of a full-blown ‘white Christmas’ with snow settling on the ground is pretty slim. There have only been four years in the past fifty where widespread snowfall has occurred on Christmas Day. This is in contrast to parts of the US which experience at least 1 inch of snow almost every year. NOAA even provide this handy map to show where you can be fairly certain of getting a good dose of the white stuff.

Cover photo by Reijo Telaranta from Pixabay

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