What Are Louisiana’s Chances for a White Christmas?
We are starting to hear songs being sung about it. Some of us are pining for it. Most of us have never experienced it. The "it" is, of course, a white Christmas. As defined by the National Weather Service as a location having one inch of measurable snow on the ground on December the 25th of any given year. Okay, that's not word for word how they define it but you get the idea.
Holiday songs have painted quite the romantic picture of snowfall on Christmas Day. They make it seem all tingly and jingly with horses and sleighs and children with rosy red cheeks. Around here, snowfall is usually less white and a lot more the color of mud and dead grass. But every now and then we get the pretty snowfalls. I mean we get at least enough to make a very small snowman for the hood of the car.
I think the bigger feat for South Louisiana rather than conjuring up snow would be conjuring up snow in December. We really don't get our coldest temperatures of winter until January and February so December frozen precipitation that will stick is pretty hard to come by.
The National Weather Service actually does track this kind of thing. Based on their climatological data and historical information South Louisiana or Louisiana, in general, has basically a "snowball's chance in hell" of having a white Christmas. Your closest destination that has even a whisper of a chance would be to head toward the Great Smoky Mountains or up the Appalachian Trail.
Now, if you wanted about as sure a shot as you could get for having snow on Christmas Day, the National Weather Service Forecasters suggest places like Idaho, Minnesota, Maine, and ski resort towns like Aspen or Vail Colorado. I have to admit seeing actual snow falling on real live Christmas trees and Christmas lights do add to the ambiance.
It certainly is more pleasing than when the air is so thick the concrete starts to sweat. You know what I'm talking about don't you?
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