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CHRISTMAS DAY

 

THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE EVER RECORDED ON CHRISTMAS DAY WAS 64 DEGREES IN 1982. THE LOWEST TEMPERATURES OCCURRED TWO YEARS EARLIER IN 1980 WHEN THE MERCURY DIPPED TO MINUS 10 DEGREES. NORMALLY, THE HIGH TEMPERATURE AVERAGES NEAR 34 DEGREES AND THE LOW ABOUT 22.

THE GREATEST PRECIPITATION EVER RECORDED ON CHRISTMAS DAY WAS 0.94 INCH WHICH FELL AS A MIXTURE OF RAIN AND SNOW IN 1974. THE MOST SNOWFALL HOWEVER WAS THE 8.4 INCHES WHICH FELL ON CHRISTMAS IN 2002.

IT HAS SNOWED ON 91 OF THE PAST 132 CHRISTMAS DAYS...AND THE WHITEST CHRISTMAS WAS IN 2001 WHEN 19 INCHES OF SNOW WAS ON THE GROUND.

IN 1973 ON CHRISTMAS DAY HEAVY RAINS CAUSED LOCALIZED FLOODING IN PORTIONS OF WESTERN NEW YORK. 1.21 INCHES WAS RECORDED AT THE AIRPORT AND MINOR STREET AND BASEMENT FLOODING WAS REPORTED IN CHEEKTOWAGA, TONAWANDA, AND AMHERST.

ON DECEMBER 24TH, 1978, THE GROUND WAS BARE AND BROWN OVER MOST OF THE BUFFALO AREA AND THERE WERE GOLFERS SPOTTED AT CAZENOVIA PARK. BY CHRISTMAS MORNING, SEVERAL INCHES OF HEAVY, WET SNOW HAD COATED EVERYTHING TO CREATE A STORYBOOK CHRISTMAS SETTING. UNFORTUNATELY, MUCH HEAVIER SNOWFALL AMOUNTS EAST AND SOUTH OF BUFFALO PLAYED HAVOC WITH HOLIDAY TRAVELERS AND STRANDED MOTORISTS.

IN 1983...SNOWSQUALLS BEGAN OVER THE TOWNS SOUTH OF BUFFALO ON DECEMBER 23RD. PROPELLED BY A WEST WIND, THE SQUALLS SHIFTED NORTH TO CLARENCE, CHEEKTOWAGA, AND SOME PARTS OF BUFFALO, AND THEN SOUTH TO SOUTH BUFFALO, LACKAWANNA, AND HAMBURG. THE AIRPORT CLOSED INTERMITTENTLY ON THE 23RD AND 24TH AND THE THRUWAY WAS CLOSED FROM HAMBURG TO THE PENNSYLVANIA LINE STRANDING ABOUT SEVEN HUNDRED PERSONS. REPORTED SNOWFALL AMOUNTS RANGED FROM 7 TO 15 INCHES.

IN 1993...FEARS OF A GREEN CHRISTMAS WERE ALLAYED WITH A VENGEANCE ON THE 24TH AS SNOW SQUALLS DROPPED A RECORD 14.5 INCHES OF SNOW AT THE AIRPORT. HOLIDAY TRAVEL WAS DISRUPTED AS THE HEAVY SNOW INTERFERED WITH AIRLINE SCHEDULES.

 

CHRISTMAS DAY : PERIOD OF RECORD 132 YEARS : 1873-2007

TEMPERATURE DATA
HIGHEST 64 DEGREES IN 1982
LOWEST -10 DEGREES IN 1980
LOWEST MAXIMUM 7 DEGREES IN 1983
HIGHEST MINIMUM 55 DEGREES IN 1982
WARMEST CHRISTMAS DAY 1982...HIGH 64   LOW 55   MEAN 60
COLDEST CHRISTMAS DAY 1980...HIGH 16   LOW -10   MEAN 3
AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE 33.6 DEGREES 
AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE 22.0 DEGREES

 

HIGH TEMPERATURE BY 10 DEGREE RANGES

SINGLE DIGITS TEENS 20S 30S 40S 50S 60S
1 10 36 54 24 9 1 NUMBER OF OCCURRENCES
1% 8% 27% 40% 18% 6% 1%

 

PRECIPITATION DATA
MAXIMUM PRECIPITATION 0.94 INCH IN 1965 AND 1979
MAXIMUM SNOW 8.4 IN 2002
NUMBER OF TIMES WITH 1.0 INCH SNOWFALL OR MORE 30
NUMBER OF TIMES WITH 1.0 INCH SNOWFALL OR LESS 61
NUMBER OF TIMES WITH NO SNOWFALL 35
SNOWDEPTH
GREATEST 19.0 INCHES IN 2001
OVER 12 INCHES 6 TIMES
OVER 1 INCH 58 TIMES
LESS THAN 1 INCH 47

 

WEATHER FOR THE PAST TEN CHRISTMAS DAYS

YEAR HIGH LOW SNOW FALL SNOW DEPTH REMARKS
1998 26 17 7.1 8.0 CLOUDY, RECORD SNOWFALL
1999 27 12 1.2 2.0 CLOUDY, AFTERNOON SNOW, BECOMING WIND
2000 16 2 0.4 7.0 PARTLY CLOUDY, LIGHT SNOW SHOWERS
2001 27 22 4.9 18.0 SNOW SHOWERS THROUGH THE DAY
2002 30 25 8.4 7.0 RECORD SNOW, SNOW THROUGHOUT THE DAY
2003 34 27 8.2 7.0 NEAR RECORD SNOWFALL
2004 16 3 0.00 6.0 PARTLY SUNNY BUT COLD
2005 41 36 0.00 1.0 MOSTLY CLOUDY
2006 50 32 0.00 0.0 MOSTLY CLOUDY
2007 33 26 0.00 1.0 MOSTLY CLOUDY

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