White Christmas?December 2nd, 2012 at 1:28 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Here’s the U.S. probability of a White Christmas map. Click to enlarge. Take a look at the CFS model for Dec. 23-28. It’s a long way off, but the model is forecasting a good shot of cold (with snow on the ground) for much of the Eastern U.S. Here’s the odds of a White Christmas for +100 cities in the U.S. including Michigan. Here’s the odds of a White Christmas across Canada. It looks like over 90% of Canada has snow on the ground now. Check out the webcam at the South Pole, where every day is white! Fairbanks, Alaska had their coldest back-to-back Novembers ever in 2011 and 2012. The high temperature in Fairbanks on Saturday was -25F – that was 32 degrees colder than average. Our largest state was shivering in November. Here’s some temperature departures for November: Fairbanks -8.4 deg., Anchorage -4.4 deg., Juneau -3.7 deg., Nome – 2.5 deg. The HIGH temperature at Tok, Alaska on Thursday was -43F. That was the coldest high temperature ever recorded there in November. Their low temperature was -50F. The high temperature at Northway, Alaska was -39 on Saturday and that was 38 degrees colder than average! A blizzard has hit northern Europe. Over 30,000 customers were “blacked out” by the snowstorm in Finland. Winds with the storm gusted to over 60 mph. The same storm hit Sweden, where up to 40″ of snow was reported in the high mountains. The heavy snow in Russia caused a 24-mile traffic backup. Here’s video of the heavy snow in Moscow. Oymyakon, Russia reported a low temperature of -53F Friday AM. There’s 3-4 FEET of new snow at Mammoth Mt., California. The summit at Kirkwood Ski area had 24″ of new snow in 24 hours. Check out the pictures from Mt. Baker in Washington State, where they also had 24″ of snow in 24 hours. Here’s rain and wind reports from California.