Posted by on December 17, 2019 2:18 am

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Will Schuylkill County have a White Christmas in 2019?

Coal Region Canary keeps and eye on all the local forecasters to see what they’re saying about the possibility of a White Christmas in 2019. And we also look back at Christmases past to see how often we get a white one here.

White Christmas 2019 – Snow in Schuylkill County?

So, what are the chances we’ll get a White Christmas here in Schuylkill County in 2019?

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Historically, it’s not good. We almost never have a White Christmas here in Schuylkill County. Here are definitely not reasons we don’t:

  • Climate change
  • Making the “Naughty” list
  • Never learning the words to the song
  • Because we never have nice things in Schuylkill County

In reality, we never have a White Christmas because it’s typically too “warm” for snow. In order for a White Christmas, you need snow. That’s not us talking, that’s science.

What Does Having a White Christmas Mean?

A lot of people think a White Christmas means it snows on Christmas Day. That’s understandable. You wake up to see your haul from Santa and it only makes sense that it should be snowing. That’s how it works on TV so that’s how it should work in real life, of course.

Some more liberal people say White Christmas can mean it snows on Christmas Eve and that counts, too.

Another romantic idea, yes. But both are incorrect, for the most part.

The true definition of a White Christmas means there should be 1 inch of snow on the ground. And if you want to be serious about this, it has to be an inch, not one of those coatings or a dusting. That’s not enough Christmas spirit.

So, we mentioned that chances are slim here in Schuylkill County for a White Christmas.

Check out this map from National Weather Service. It shows the historic chances of having a White Christmas, dating back to 1981 and through 2010.

We’re not telling you where Schuylkill County is on this map. You’ll have to figure that out on your own but rest assured, the chances of it happening aren’t good at all, historically.

The best chances of a White Christmas in Schuylkill County happen in those infamously named “higher elevations” of the coal region. There, you can see your chances improve to almost 50-50. But in reality, you have better chances at winning a halftime 50-50 than you do having a White Christmas.

For the rest of us in the lower elevations of Schuylkill County, our chances dip drastically.

Sorry. Not us, remember … science.

Big Christmas Blizzard of 2002

Of course, historical averages are just that. In order to have a chance, you need to have experienced a few White Christmas holidays during that time. Even 1 in 4 chances means you’ll have a White Christmas a few times a decade.

But who can forget the big Christmas Blizzard of 2002?

That life-threatening storm buried us here in Schuylkill County. Travel was crippled all over and thousands were without electricity when they needed it most.

In fact, some people spent a portion of their holiday in a Red Cross shelter instead of the comfort of their own home.

Check out this screen grab from The Weather Channel back then showing the snowfall totals from the storm:

white christmas 2019

(Image: raymondcmartinjr.com)

Here’s a story filed by WNEP-TV and locked away in its Video Vault:

Chances of a Schuylkill County White Christmas 2019?

So, you’ve gotta be wondering by now … are we getting a White Christmas this year or what? Out with it.

We’ve created the Coal Region Canary White Christmas Index to help you track the chances.

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DateChance of a White Christmas (%)
Dec. 233%
Dec. 227%
Dec. 218%
Dec. 2012%
Dec. 1913%
Dec. 1815%
Dec. 1713%
Dec. 169%
Dec. 1510%
Will Schuylkill County experience a magical White Christmas in 2019? Coal Region Canary looks at as many forecasts as we can find to see what they're saying. And then we offer up our best guess on whether or not we'll have a White Christmas in 2019 here in the coal region.

Coal Region Canary White Christmas Index

Every day through Christmas, Coal Region Canary updates the chances of Schuylkill County experiencing a White Christmas.

The Canary’s White Christmas Index is pure speculation and educated guessing on the chances of the coal region getting a White Christmas for the year.

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