Rhode Islanders Can't Rely On A White Christmas

Dec 23, 2013

Rhode Island set a record high temperature yesterday when the mercury hit 63 at T.F. Green Airport. The previous record was 61 set in 1990.

The unusually warm weather wiped away most of the snow on the ground.

So how often Rhode Island gets a white Christmas?

Rhode Island has already seen a little snow this season, but that doesn't mean we'll see a White Christmas.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Believe it or not, the National Weather Service keeps track of how often various parts of the United States get a white Christmas. And it’s surprisingly low in Rhode Island.  The Weather Service defines a white Christmas as at least one inch of snow on the ground. That happens only 22 percent of the time in Rhode Island.

National Weather Service meteorologist Charlie Foley said the last time it happened was 13 years ago.

"You know it’s always the perception ‘when I was a kid we had snow up to my shoulders’. When you look back and find out that’s not the case. But you were smaller then. So the perception is out there but when you look at the real figures it proves otherwise," said Foley.

Foley says you have to go as far north as Concord, New Hampshire for a reliably white Christmas.

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