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Weather Talk: El Nino interferes with chances of snow

Some people in the northern region are known to say that it just doesn't "feel like Christmas" if there is no snow on the ground. Never mind that most people of the western world live in a climate that requires spray-on frost and cotton snow to a...

Some people in the northern region are known to say that it just doesn’t “feel like Christmas” if there is no snow on the ground. Never mind that most people of the western world live in a climate that requires spray-on frost and cotton snow to achieve the same effect. Here, we expect snow during the Christmas season. There is, however, a certain reality interfering with our desire for a classic snowy Christmas scene. There isn’t always snow here, either. At the very beginning of December, the historical odds of there being at least an inch of snow on the ground are a bit below 50-50. By Christmas Day, the odds increase to about 85 percent, leaving about one Christmas Day in seven without snow. Although it is still likely that snow will fall before Christmas, the lack of snow at present and the ongoing El Nino suggest that odds of a white Christmas are a bit lower than 85 percent this year. John Wheeler

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