White Christmas only in your dreams, thanks to El Niño

Jessica Spaccio, a climatologist with the NOAA-funded Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University, crunched numbers from over 50 years of winters – including El Niño winters ­– to calculate which cities will see a white Christmas this year.

Media Note: Charts comparing snowfall in the northeast can be downloaded from: https://cornell.box.com/WhiteChristmas2015

 

Spaccio says:

“There is a 90 percent probability of above normal temperatures for the entire Northeast this Christmas. This will likely keep most areas seeing green instead of white this holiday season.

 

“Historically Atlantic City and Central Park are the only weather stations to have a higher probability of snow during El Niño years.”

 

 

City % of white Christmas

El Niño Decembers

% of white Christmas

All Decembers

Bridgeport, Conn. 18 22
Hartford, Conn. 27 41
Dulles Airport, Va. 11 13
Washington D.C. 9 9
Wilmington, Del. 14 14
Boston, Mass. 18 21
Worcester, Mass. 42 56
Baltimore, Md. 9 11
Caribou, Maine 91 91
Portland, Maine 59 62
Concord, N.H. 68 70
Pinkham Notch, N.H. 90 93
Atlantic City, N.J. 9 7
Newark, N.J. 9 18
Albany, N.Y. 41 45
Binghamton, N.Y. 55 64
Buffalo, N.Y. 41 60
Central Park, N.Y. 14 13
Islip, N.Y. 11 15
Ithaca, N.Y. 43 60
Kennedy Airport, N.Y. 11 14
LaGuardia Airport, N.Y. 9 11
Rochester, N.Y. 41 57
Syracuse, N.Y. 45 66
Watertown, N.Y. 58 75
Allentown, Pa. 23 29
Harrisburg, Pa. 18 28
Pittsburgh, Pa. 27 31
Scranton, Pa. 27 31
Williamsport, Pa. 27 37
Providence, R.I. 14 23
Burlington, Vt. 59 71
Beckley, W.Va. 29 34
Charleston, W.Va. 14 22
Elkins, W.Va. 14 22
Huntington, W.Va. 10 15

 

 

 

 

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