Christmas Weather Stats

The following information is courtesy of the National Weather Service Office in Pueblo.  Thanks for the information guys!

The chances are not very good if you are wishing for a “White Christmas” across much of Southeast and South Central Colorado.  A “White Christmas” can be defined as 1 inch of snow on the ground on December 25th.  After a very winter like feel through the middle of December, the latest computer projections are not very favorable for accumulating snowfall this Christmas.  Listed below are “Christmas facts” which have been compiled from the Pueblo, Colorado Springs and Alamosa climate records. 

 

 

Christmas in Pueblo

 

 

Normal High

Normal Low

Record High

Record Low

Lowest Maximum (Coldest High)

Highest Minimum (Warmest Low)

44

14

72 in 1971

-10 in 1983

14 in 1983

37 in 1892

 

                                                          SNOWFALL

 

 

Record Snowfall:  5.1 inches in 1987
Number of times with a trace or more...... 17
Number of times with an inch or more.....   6
Climatological chance of a trace or more...  14%
Climatological chance of an inch or more...   5%

 

 SNOW ON THE GROUND

 

 

Record Snow on Ground: 6.0 inches in 1983.
Number of times with a trace or more....... 11
Number of times with an inch or more......   6
Climatological chance of a trace or more.... 29%
Climatological chance of an inch or more... 16%

 

 The last "real" white Christmas occurred in 2000. The snow began falling shortly before midnight Christmas Eve, with only trace amounts reported through the morning hours. The snow began to pick up during the afternoon hours and ended shortly before midnight, with a total snowfall of 1.8 inches. The previous last "white" Christmas then occurred in 1987. There was 1 inch of snow on the ground at 5 am that morning, with a record total of 5.1 inches falling for the day. The last time before that was in 1976. There was 1 inch of snow on the ground that Christmas morning, with an additional 0.6 inches falling that day. Over the past 108 years, there has only been two separate occasions where snow has fallen on two consecutive Christmas - 1911/1912, and in 1941/1942.

 

                             Snowfall records are in inches, from 1888 to the present.
                         Snow on the ground is at 5 am MST, from 1970 to the present.                      

Christmas in Colorado Springs

 

 

Normal High

Normal Low

Record High

Record Low

Lowest Maximum (Coldest High)

Highest Minimum (Warmest Low)

41

14

67 in 1971

-15 in 1983

16 in 1962, 1987

33 in 1955

 

SNOWFALL

 

 

Record Snowfall:  0.7 inches in 1987
Number of times with a trace or more....... 14
Number of times with an inch or more........ 2
Climatological chance of a trace or more.... 23%
Climatological chance of an inch or more..... 3%

 

 SNOW ON THE GROUND

 

 

Record Snow on Ground:  7.0 inches in 1982
Number of times with a trace or more........ 24
Number of times with an inch or more....... 15
Climatological chance of a trace or more.... 41%
Climatological chance of an inch or more... 25%

 

Although parts of northern Colorado Springs had a white Christmas in 2007, as a strong cold front moved across the area…the Colorado Springs airport only picked up 0.1 of an inch of snow throughout Christmas Day with a trace on the ground. The last “real” white Christmas was in 1987 when there was an inch of snow throughout the day, and an inch of snow on the ground in the morning. Before that, the last white Christmas was in 1976 when there was an inch of snow during the day, and an inch of snow on the ground in the morning.

Christmas Day 1994 brought an unusual surprise to the North end of Colorado Springs , and the area northward to Castle Rock. At 1206 pm, a 4.0 earthquake rocked the region, shaking houses and buildings with no major damage reported.  

 

Snowfall records are in inches, from April 1 1948 to the present.
Snow on the ground is at 5 am. 

Christmas in Alamosa

 

 

Normal High

Normal Low

Record High

Record Low

Lowest Maximum

("Coldest High")

Highest Minimum

("Warmest Low")

33

-3

57 in 1955

-27 in 1974

12 in 1991

28 in 1971

 

SNOWFALL

 

 

Record Snowfall:  2.4 inches in 1987

 

 Number of times with a trace or more........8
Number of times with an inch or more....... 3
Climatological chance of a trace or more.... 14%
Climatological chance of an inch or more....  5%

 

SNOW ON THE GROUND

 

 

Record Snow on Ground:  10.0 inches in 1991
Number of times with a trace or more........ 34
Number of times with an inch or more....... 26
Climatological chance of a trace or more.... 61%
Climatological chance of an inch or more... 46%

 

 

The last “real” white Christmas was in 2007. There was 6 inches of snow on the ground at 5 am that morning. While no snow fell during the day, it began to fall around sunset with a total of 2 inches falling through the evening. The last time before that was in 1997. There was six inches of snow on the ground at 5 am that morning, with a total of 1.1 inches falling for the day. The last time before that was in 1987. There was 3 inches of snow on the ground that Christmas morning, with a record 2.4 inches falling that day. Over the past 55 years, snow has never fallen on two consecutive Christmas'. 

Snowfall records are in inches, from 1952 to the present.
Snow on the ground is at 5 am MST (7 am MST from 1984 - 1991 due to part-time staffing).

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