US to not have ‘White Christmas’, though some states report snow – CVBJ
Effects of a snowfall at the start of the year in New York.
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Areas of New York woke up this Friday, Christmas Eve, to a little snow; however, experts do not predict that the United States will see a “White Christmas” this year.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), areas further northeast and west of the country could experience highest amount of snow between Christmas Eve and Christmas.
Much of Idaho, Minnesota, Maine, upstate New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia would be the states most likely to witness snowfall. In the Rocky Mountains and Sierra Nevada, the prognosis is higher.
In the northwest, freezing conditions that will include rain will continue until the weekend. Cities like Seattle, Washington, and Portland, Oregon will also see the snowflakes fall.
But, the chances of a white Christmas have generally diminished.
Experts attribute the new scenario to climate change
Between 1981 and 1990, approximately, 47% of the country experienced snowfall on Christmas Day, averaging 3.5 inches, according to University of Arizona data cited by Today on Thursday.
But, between 2011 and 2020, snowfall fell to 38%, with an average depth of 2.7 inches. This would react to warmer temperatures due to the aforementioned phenomenon, according to Northern Illinois University professor of meteorology Victor Gensini.
For his part, Mark Serreze, director of the National Ice and Snow Data Center in Boulder, Colorado, said that in 20 and 30 years of climate change, forecasts of a White Christmas in many parts of the United States will be slim.
The change, according to scientists, is relatively small, so it is not recommended to generalize to the extreme.
The fascination with the idea of snowy Christmas dates back to 1942 when theThe song “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby in the movie “Holiday Inn.
What is a “white Christmas” in meteorological terms
Experts consider it a “White Christmas” when at least an inch of snow is recorded on the ground on the morning of December 25th. It doesn’t have to be snowing that day for this to happen.
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