Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Dreaming of a White Christmas?

With the first snow of December in the forecast for tomorrow, I thought I'd check and see what the experts are saying about the probability of a white Christmas in HoCo.

The Weather Channel gives it a 40% chance, based on “historic probability.

The Farmers Almanac, which accurately predicted the Big Kahuna storm of 2010, is calling for above normal temps in Maryland this winter and above normal precipitation.

“A very active storm track will bring much heavier-than-normal precipitation from the Southern Plains through Tennessee into Ohio, the Great Lakes, and the Northeast. Because of above normal temperatures, much of the precipitation will likely be rain or mixed precipitation, although, during February, some potent East Coast storms could leave heavy snow, albeit of a wet and slushy consistency.”

They stopped short of a white Christmas prediction.

The fearless Foot’s forecasters have yet to weigh in on Christmas specifically but in general they are calling for a milder winter with La Nina being the determining factor.

“In a typical La Nina winter, the East Coast normally experiences below average snowfall and precipitation along with above average temperatures.”

This morning, when I looked outside, it looked cold. I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered it wasn’t. This of course, is the proverbial calm before the storm as the temperatures are expected to drop significantly tomorrow.

I can feel that in my bones.
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