Most people in South Carolina usually dream of a white Christmas. There have been so few times that it has happened in this area. In fact Climate Central did the calculations and the chances are less that 1% of seeing a white Christmas in Columbia. Where is the best place to be? See the map below:
|The chance of seeing a white Christmas across the U.S. Click on the image for a larger version. Image Credit: Climate Central.|
Even though the map shows the historical odds of a white Christmas, the actual amount of snow in a given location can vary a lot from year to year due to natural weather variations. For example, this year, U.S. snow cover in mid-December was the largest it’s been in a decade. Outside the U.S., it’s worth noting that Siberia, generally one of the coldest places on Earth for this time of year, had a scorching November with temperatures up to 14°F higher than normal. That warm trend has continued into December, leaving a "snow shortage". We can identify with a snow shortage.