It’s (considered) the best time of the year when children and adults alike share in the wonderment of the season of giving. Sparkling lights glisten on giant Fir trees, while holiday crooners Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. play softly in the background. Tales of sugar plum fairies and The Night Before Christmas dance in youngsters’ heads, and adults enjoy watching such guilty pleasures as A Charlie Brown Christmas, A Christmas Carol, or my personal favorite, A Christmas Story.
Yes, for many, the holiday season couldn’t get any better. However, one wish many Americans share is for a winter wonderland to blanket their yards on Dec. 25. As Bing Crosby so eloquently put it, [we’re] dreaming of a white Christmas.
According to ImpactWeather’s long-range forecast expert, Fred Schmude, you could awake to a scene from the North Pole outside your window on Christmas morning. In our second seasonal winter weather outlook webinar, Schmude explains factors that determine the holiday forecast, including water temperature anomalies, computer models, weather trends, ENSO and the southern storm track, to name a few.
Now, will you be singing “let it snow” this year? From Seattle, through Chicago and into Boston, much of the northern United States will be shoveling their driveways and sidewalks. When Santa comes to town, he’ll also bring a -10 to -15F below normal temperature dip from the Rockies and the Great Plains to New England. Schmude also reveals that there is a higher risk for a white Christmas from North Texas to the Canadian border and from Tennessee to Maine.
While there is still time for Mother Nature to change her mind within the next two weeks, it’s a good idea to prepare for possible weather disruptions or travel delays that could arise with freezing temperatures and snow fall during the holiday week.
From our ImpactWeather family to yours, we hope you have a safe and happy holiday!