White Christmas: By the numbers

Sunset on snowy field
Winter sunset in Glenmore (WBAY viewer photo)

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Like all of us, meteorologists at the National Weather Service love a white Christmas. Besides the crunching snow under their feet, they enjoy crunching numbers. Here are statistics compiled by the NWS about white Christmases in Appleton and Green Bay

Appleton (1901 - 2016)


White Christmas: Appleton saw at least a trace of new snow falling on 43% of Christmas Days since 1901.

Average high: 27
Average low: 12
Warmest: 52 (1936)
Coldest: -16 (2000)
The coldest "high": -4 (1983)
The warmest "low": 35 (1932)
Wettest: 0.84" (2009)
Snowiest: 5.0" (1910)
Most snow cover: 17" (2008)
Least snow cover (2006-2016): 0" (2014). Historically, Appleton had a "brown Christmas" with no snow cover on 24% of Christmas Days, but only once in the period of 2006-2016.

Green Bay (1886 - 2016)


White Christmas: Green Bay saw at least a trace of new snowfall on 52% of Christmas Days since 1901.

Average high: 26
Average low: 11
Warmest: 50 (1936)
Coldest: -22 (2000)
The coldest "high": -4 (1933, 1983)
The warmest "low": 40 (1936)
Wettest: 0.62" (1973)
Snowiest: 5.4" (1945)
Most snow cover: 18" (1985)
Least snow cover (2006-2016): 0" (2006, 2014, 2015). Historically, Green Bay had a "brown Christmas" with no snow cover on 29% of Christmas Days, including three times in the period of 2006-2016.

Snow depth data for Green Bay cover the years 1893 to 2016

Sources: National Weather Service, Action 2 News script archives



 
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