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I'm dreaming of a white Christmas

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The tree is up; the lights sparkle outside my front door.

There are presents (wrapped, already!) under the tree.

My oven was barely turned off all weekend as I baked and baked, and baked some more.

I hate to say this, and folks may stone me for daring to utter the words but...

I wish we had some snow.

This global warming which has given us mid-50 degree temperatures in December, while great for the heating bills, ease of holiday shopping, and general pleasantness, is awful for the ambiance of Christmas.

There's something downright strange about the outside lights reflecting off....brown grass. And, chestnuts roasting on an open fire is more appropriate when it's actually a bit nippy outside.

Temperatures above the freezing mark sure made meandering around downtown last night pretty pedestrian-friendly. The ice sculptures, however, have a pretty short lifespan.

The weather experts are telling us we have a 40 percent chance of a white Christmas here in northwest Iowa.

Harris-Mann Climatology published its prediction for a white Christmas across the country. And, it's a toss up.

"The chances for snow in late December have increased because the warmer El Nino sea-surface temperature event in the south-central Pacific Ocean has dissipated and is no longer influencing global weather patterns.

According to Harris-Mann Climatologist Cliff Harris, "As frigid Arctic air pushes southward into the northern and central U.S., heavier snowfalls are expected from the violent collisions between the very cold air to the north and copious amounts of moisture from the North Pacific regions as well as the Gulf of Mexico. We've already seen above normal amounts of snowfall across parts of the northern U.S. due to a strengthening Sub-Polar Jet Stream. Several ski resorts have already opened for business in the Pacific Northwest.

We are predicting at least an 80 percent chance of a White Christmas from Canada southward into extreme northeastern Washington, northern Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, northern Minnesota and points eastward into New England. Probabilities dip to 50 percent between Interstate 90 and Interstate 80, which includes most of Idaho, Colorado, South Dakota, much of Nebraska, Iowa, northern and central Illinois, northern Ohio and Pennsylvania and New York State, but not New York City. "

We're in that big swath of 50 percent.

I'm a glass-half-full kind of gal. So, I'm predicting fluffy white stuff hitting the ground just in time for Christmas Eve.

And disappearing by New Years.



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