Salisbury MD

White Christmas for Salisbury?

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Salisbury does not often see a White Christmas. Here is a trivial look at our history.

  • The last time that Salisbury saw snow on Christmas Day was in 2010, however it does not qualify as a White Christmas.  Why?  The National Weather Service defines a White Christmas, in deference to the famous poem we all know and love, as waking up to an inch or more of snow on the ground at 7 AM.  Salisbury did not record its inch of snow until the evening that year.
  • Interestingly enough, 2009 represents Salisbury’s last White Christmas.  We woke up to snow on the ground as a result of a December 18-19 snowstorm.  The snow covered ground was bare by evening because temperatures topped out at 56 degrees.
  • Salisbury’s most substantial White Christmas snowfall occurred in 1966 when we woke up to 6 inches of snow.
  • Since 2000 Salisbury has seen just the one official White Christmas.
  • Salisbury has recorded snow on Christmas Day just 3 times since 2000.
  • The National Weather Service estimates Salisbury’s historical probability of a White Christmas at 8%….just twice every 25 years.
  • Other interesting weather records for Salisbury since 2000 include topping 70 degrees twice.  Most recently was 2015.  My station recorded a high of 73 degrees while Salisbury’s official temperature at the airport was 76.
  • Our windiest Christmas Day in Salisbury this century was in 2008 when winds gusted to 34 mph.
  • If this year’s predicted high temperatures come to fruition it will mark three consecutive years of Salisbury highs in the 40’s.  That represents the only time this century.
  • Salisbury’s coldest high temperature on Christmas Day was 16 degrees in 1983.
  • Our coldest night time temperature was 2 degrees in 1989.
  • The historical probability of precipitation on Christmas Day for Salisbury is 36%.  Obviously we get more rain than snow.