Who’s Been Naughty and Who’s Been Nice? Christmas Day Weather Forecast By City

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In the last few days leading up to Christmas I’m sure Santa’s hard at work. He’s making a list, and checking it twice; gonna find out who’s naughty and nice. Is Santa Claus coming to your town? Well I sure hope he’s coming to mine, but someone better tell him I’ll be in Alabama and not Texas.

  My mother would agree that Edmund Gwenn was the best Santa Claus in Miracle on 34th Street (1947). Image: blog.rubylane.com

Not to sound cheesy or to write out lyrics from yet another popular song, I think everyone dreams of a white Christmas at least once in their life (of course with the exception of those living in Australia where it’s summer time there). It’s hard for me to imagine Santa on a surfboard instead of a winter wonderland. Last year I got my wish and we had a white Christmas in Birmingham, Alabama. It was the first Christmas since I can remember that we had snow. After being spoiled last year it’s hard not to wish for the same thing this Christmas but I don’t think that wish will come true (at least for those of us in the Deep South).

Here’s a picture I took last Christmas in Moody, Alabama. This is looking down the road my parents live on. Photo: Lauren Whisenhunt

Who’s been naughty and who’s been nice this year?

New York: Mostly cloudy with highs in the mid 40’s.

Los Angeles: Sunny with highs in the upper 70’s.

Chicago: Mostly sunny with highs in the low 40’s.

Houston: Mostly sunny with highs in the mid 50’s.

Philadelphia: Partly sunny with highs in the mid 40’s.

Phoenix: Sunny with highs in the mid 60’s.

Indianapolis: Sunny with highs in the low 40’s.

Boston: Mostly cloudy with highs in the low 40’s.

Washington, D.C.: Partly sunny with highs in the upper 40’s.

Nashville: Mostly sunny with a high near 50F.

Denver: Sunny with highs in the low 40’s.

Seattle: Rain likely with highs in the mid 40’s.

Las Vegas: Sunny with highs near 60F.

Billings: Mostly sunny with highs in the mid 40’s.

Tampa: 20% chance of rain with highs near 80F.

Wow, after looking at the forecast for various cities across the U.S. Seattle must been on Santa’s naughty list because they sure do stick out after I randomly selected a few cities. To find out who else has been naughty and nice here’s your complete Christmas Day forecast thanks to ImpactWeather StormWatch Manager Fred Schmude.

Weather conditions across a large part of the U.S. on Christmas Day will be very tranquil as high pressure dominates the weather scene. There will be some minor exceptions to this rule, so let’s start on the West Coast and work our way east in identifying any areas of potential unsettled weather conditions. We will be monitoring a weak Pacific cold front forecast to crash into the Pacific Northwest bringing lowland rain and mountain snow, mainly across western Washington and Oregon during the morning and afternoon. Farther east, an upper level disturbance is forecast to shift from west to east across the Deep South and weaken during the morning and afternoon bringing a chance of light rain and heavier showers from southeast Texas through Georgia, Florida and the Carolinas.  Most of the rain will likely end over southeast Texas and western Louisiana during the early morning, but may linger on for most of the day from southeast Louisiana through Georgia. Any rain that does develop will probably not reach the Carolinas until the evening. Farther north, a fast moving disturbance and cold front will sweep quickly toward the east and southeast across the Great Lakes and northern New England bringing a chance for mainly light snow during the day. Accumulations will mainly be on the light side averaging from 1-2” in some areas, but locally heavier lake effect snow will be possible downwind of Lakes Erie and Ontario.  Elsewhere, mostly dry weather is forecast across the Rockies, Great Plains and Ohio Valley.  

Temperatures on Christmas Day will average from 10 to 20 degrees above normal from the Central and Northern Rockies eastward across the Northern Plains, Upper Mississippi Valley and Great Lakes region. Farther south and east, temperatures are forecast to average from 5 to 10 degrees above normal from southern Georgia through most of Florida, and across most of the Northeast. Temperatures are forecast to average from 5-10 degrees below normal from New Mexico eastward across central and south Texas to southern Louisiana. Elsewhere, near normal temperatures are expected from north Texas and southern Oklahoma eastward across the northern part of the Deep South to the Carolinas and southern Virginia.  

 Here’s your Christmas Day forecast from coast to coast (the numbers displayed show the approximate number of degrees above or below normal, not the actual temperature). Image: ImpactWeather StormWatch

I thought it would be fun to see who’s been naughty and nice in some of these cities. It looks like Santa Claus hasn’t been so nice at the North Pole this year.

Christmas, Florida: (Naughty) 30% Rain High:79F Low:61F

Mistletoe, Kentucky: (Nice) Mostly Sunny High:47F Low:29F

Noel, Louisiana: (Naughty) 30% Rain High:59F Low:41F

Santa Claus, Georgia: (Naughty) 40% Rain High: 61F Low: 45F

Saint Nicholas, Michigan:  (Nice) Partly Sunny High:32F Low:20F

North Pole, Alaska: (Naughty) Cloudy High:-15F Low:-25F

Jolly, Mississippi: (Naughty) 20% Rain High:55 F Low:27 F

Wiseman, Arkansas: (Nice) Sunny High:51F Low:28F

Bethlehem, Maryland: (Nice) Partly Sunny High:50F Low:36F

Rudolph, South Dakota:  (Nice) Sunny High:43F Low:25F

Eggnog, Utah: (Nice) Sunny High:44F Low:21F

Comet, Ohio: (Nice) Mostly Sunny High:44F Low:26F

The South has been bad this year with rain expected on Christmas. Too bad it’s not going to be cold enough for snow. But from all of us here at ImpactWeather we wish you and your family a Merry Christmas.

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