It’s Not Looking Good For a White Christmas in Rochester This Year
Despite having snow on the ground in October, our chances for a white Christmas in Rochester this year continue to get smaller and smaller.
As we know, there's really no explaining Mother Nature here in Minnesota (We've all heard the old adage about if you don't like the weather here, wait five minutes and it'll change, right?) And this year, if you've been hoping for a white Christmas in Rah-Rah-Rochester, Mother Nature appears to not care much about those holiday hopes!
The National Weather Service in La Crosse says that our chances of having a white Christmas in southeast Minnesota (which is defined as having an inch or snow on the ground or falling that day) is at 78 percent. So every 7 or 8 out of ten years, we'll have a winter wonderland on the ground by the time Santa and the reindeer make their annual voyage. In fact, the NWS goes onto to say that we've had a white Christmas 66 out of 85 times since 1933 here in Rochester.
But this year, though, may be one of those years when we'll have to make do with a brown (or beige?) Christmas. MPR Meteorologist Paul Huttner noted last week that outside of a quick system that produced a few flurries late Sunday, and maybe some flurries this Friday, the forecast for the next 11 days heading into Christmas doesn't look very promising for producing any real measurable snow:
Other than these two minor potential systems, there appears to be little chance for significant snow before Christmas week. NOAA’s GFS model suggests another possible minor system early Christmas week.
What?!? No snow for Christmas? What's up with that?!? I'm guessing I'm in the minority here, but I always LIKE getting snow-- especially around the holidays. Growing up over in central Wisconsin, my friends and I always seemed to spend a lot of our Christmas vacation sledding down the hill at Rothschild Elementary or at George Street Hill, so I always hoped for snow. And I still do! It just seems more like Christmas when there's snow, doesn't it?
As the stats show, it's not completely unheard of to NOT have snow for Christmas, even if those years are in the minority. The last year we DIDN'T have a white Christmas in Rochester was back in 2011, with 'brown' Christmases also occurring here in 2006, 2002 and 1997.
Speaking of Christmas, like I said, when I was a kid, it seemed like there was ALWAYS snow on the ground. What do YOU remember about Christmas when YOU were a kid? Keeps scrolling to check out what Christmas was like the year you were born!