Will Greater Danbury Have a White Christmas in 2022?
Hey look at that, it's December 1, 2022. Some radio stations flipped formats this weekend, and all of your favorite holiday favorites are getting you in the mood, right?
My favorite Christmas songs are The Waitresses Christmas Wrapping and Bing Crosby's version of White Christmas. I have the Christmas spirit, but I'm usually disappointed when I wake on Christmas morning. White Christmas? In Connecticut, it's usually 45 and sunny out.
I started looking back, and I found that the last White Christmas in Connecticut was in 2017, when a measly inch of snow fell upon Hartford. Before that, I had to search all the way back to 2009 for a real snow storm, 5 inches fell in Bridgeport on 12-25-09.
What are the chances we'll have a White Christmas in 24 days? 2022 has been a very dry year, and the temps have been on a bit of a rollercoaster, to say the least. According to NOAA, who crunched the numbers of over 30 years of historical data, there's a 76-90% chance that Northwest Connecticut will have an inch or more of snow on the ground on 12-25-22. For those in Eastern Litchfield and Hartford Counties, your chances of a White Christmas stand at 61-75% chance.
And for those of us stuck along the Connecticut shoreline in Fairfield and New Haven Counties, the possibilities of a White Christmas 2022 hover in the 26-50% range.
The Farmer's Almanac White Christmas 2022 prediction for Connecticut is even worse - "Sorry snow lovers - your Christmas weather looks more wet than white! Showers in time for Christmas, then turning fair, colder."
I'm still dreaming.