Sunday, 11 December 2011
The Christmas trees are all lined up ready for the festivities, but this year it's looking as if the Christmas period will be green, as it usually is of course! On this day last year the temperature reached 8 Celsius, but it was also the first day of the month with no snow observed in the garden. The snow returned on the 16th, and although it was not a 'true' white Christmas with snow falling, there was enough of the white stuff around to produce a supply of icy snowballs. A white Christmas with snow falling is much rarer than a December without snow falling. There has been some snow falling in the last 3 Decembers, but prior to that 4 out of 6 Decembers were completely free of snow. Also, the definition of 'snow' to the meteorologist is any preciptation that contains snow flakes whether partially melted on not. So, a cold and wet day with the odd blob of very wet snow is registered as a 'day with snow' . It remains to be seen if this December gets it's day of snow, but in the last 40 years there have been 16 snow-free Decembers in this area. The odds of seeing snow this month are good.....but not very good!