- Posted by Air Conditioning Installers London
- On 6th December 2017
The neighbourhood December lighting competitions have begun, surplus amounts of food and wine stocked in every household and that mouthwatering turkey feast with all the trimmings is not far away. Christmas is one of our favourite times of year here at Eco Climate Solutions. The office Christmas party planning is well underway.
Christmas is around the corner, with less than three weeks to go we wonder, will this year be the dreamy white Christmas that brings snow on Christmas Day? Children playing in fields of snow, families sledging together and snowballs being thrown around every corner, you are never too old to get involved. But what are the chances of snow this year on the 25th of December?
For the Met office to classify a ‘white Christmas’, there must be one single snowflake (at least) fall within the UK on the 25th of December. Traditionally there was a single location (station) within England that was used to measure snowfall and label a ‘white Christmas’, however, this single location does not exist anymore, but rather a multitude of locations throughout the country, which snow must fall on Christmas Day, for the announcement to become official.
Whilst a single snowflake isn’t exactly what we would class as a white Christmas, it has already been forecasted that there is a 25 percent chance of snow in the South and a 50 percent chance of snow in the North of England this Christmas Day!
The last time we had a ‘white Christmas’ was in 2010, where it was recorded that sleet or snow fell within 19 percent of the UK ‘stations’. Within the last 54 years, there has been a snowflake fall on Christmas Day 38 times – therefore, statistically speaking, a white Christmas should be expected once every two years.
It is hard to predict the weather accurately, as we all know, the weather in England is forever changing and heaps of snow on Christmas Day has only ever happened 4 times within the last 51 years! The Met office has said that snow can only be predicted accurately within 5 days prior to snowfall and that we are more likely to see snow between the months of January and March. Snowfall around the Christmas period was much more frequent in the 18th and 19th century, however, in 1752 the calendar was changed and Christmas was brought back by 12 days.
The most obvious cause of the lack of snow during December is linked directly to climate change, higher temperatures on land and sea have dramatically reduced the chances of a picturesque white Christmas.
Our fingers are crossed, there is nothing more exciting than family snowball fights, snow angels in the garden and warming mulled wine in the wintery outdoors. A snowy Christmas brings joy to many families, however, it can also be devastating for drivers and can cause havoc on the roads. Cars should be left at home unless journeys are a necessity or an emergency, Stay safe this Christmas, ditch the cars and get the sledges and snow boots out.