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A White Christmas this Year ...
Well, the odds are against it but we can only hope!
By Meteorologist Dan Ven- tola
Yes, we are in a colder than normal pattern. We have been since the summer! The past month or so, we have averaged colder than normal. Does this mean a White Christmas you ask?
Well, not necessarily. Of course we all (well, most of us kids and some adults) want a White Christmas but the odds for one in the Hasbrouck Heights/Teterboro area are only 25%. That is, the odds of hav- ing one inch on the ground is 25%, that means 75% chance of either nothing or a dusting on the ground.
These statistics are based on weather records dating back many years, back to around 1900. So, these stats are not just numbers thrown out there “unfortunately.”
Notice I want snow yet!?!? Well, yes…even though I would have to be “concerned” more for my clients, I, too, do want a nice snow event for Christ- mas.
Growing up, we hardly ever had a white Christmas, even though many say, ah yes, I remember when I was a kid, we always had snow on Christmas. Well, that’s not really true.
Since 1900, we have only had about 30 White Christmases.
Here are the stats for the last 10 years, since 1998:
High Low Year Temp Temp Snowfall
So, in a nutshell, over the past 10 winters, it’s been pretty rare for a White Christmas. Our last decent White Christ- mas was in 2002 with 5 ½” of snow -- pretty good!
Now, the question lays heavy on my shoulders, will it snow here this Christmas, yes or no!
Sorry, but this far off, sev- eral weeks until Christmas, there is no way of accurately forecasting a snow storm on a specific day, namely December 25th!
However, I can say that we are in an active weather pattern now. It appears a significant storm of either rain or mixed
rain and snow may affect our region between December 1st and 7th with another possible mainly “snow” event between December 10th and 17th.
It’s been colder than nor- mal… so, with a little luck and a direct EMAIL that I will send to Santa Claus, I am predicting a “chance” of some snow, per- haps a dusting to several inches sometime in mid December.
If it remains colder than normal, maybe some of that snow will remain on the ground, allowing our wish to come true.
Whatever the weather on Christmas day, may it be a White one in your heart! Mer- ry Christmas to one and all!
Hasbrouck Heights resi- dent Dan Ventola is a meteo- rologist and President of The National Weather Station with its main location at Teterboro Airport.
For information on how to subscribe to the service (if you are a DPW, contractor, private company) contact Dan Ventola at dan@nationalweathersta- tion or call him at 201-288- 1824.
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moons, the second one is called a “blue moon.”
is exactly the same color as a regular full moon – yellow.
There will be two full moons in December 2009, with the second called a “Blue Moon.”
The first December full moon appears on Wednesday, December 2, 2009, at 7:33 and is called the “Full Cold Moon.”
According to “The Farm- er’s Almanac,” this month the winter cold fastens its grip, and nights are at their longest and darkest. It is also called the “Moon Before Yule.” The term “Long Night Moon” is a double appropriate name because the midwinter night is indeed long, and because the moon is above the horizon for a long time. The midwinter full moon has a high trajectory across the sky because it is opposite a low sun. Other names for this moon include “Full Long Night Moon.”
Blue moons are rare, and that’s where the phrase comes from, “once in a blue moon.”
How rare? They always happen once every 2-3 years (2.72 years, to be exact). It’s this second moon in the month that’s considered the blue moon.
Does the blue moon actu- ally turn blue? No. A blue moon
The moon can turn blue when there’s a certain amount of dust or pollution in the air. The extra dust scatters blue light, making the moon appear more blue. For example, the moon appeared blue across the entire earth for about 2 years after the eruption of Krakatoa in 1883. ###
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