Are You Dreaming of a White Christmas in Central WA?
The historical probability of seeing a White Christmas (Credit: NOAA)
NBCRightNow.com - If you're dreaming of a white Christmas this year, well, keep dreaming.
Climatologists from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration say that historically the chance of a white Christmas for our region is slim.
In a map released by NOAA, the dark gray shows the areas that have a low probability of a white Christmas. The Tri-Cities has a 10% chance and Yakima a slightly better 30% chance that we'll see snow around Christmas.
To qualify as a white Christmas, there needs to be at least one inch of snow on the ground, either on the 25th or from the days leading up to the holiday.
"We generally look at two models and one model is saying that it'll be a dry Christmas," says meteorologist Joe Solomon from the National Weather Service Pendleton office. "The other is hinting at a little weather system coming through on Tuesday. If that one comes true it would probably still not be cold enough to bring snow to the basins."
In fact, from 1905 to 2010, the Tri-Cities has only seen 7 white Christmases and Yakima has only seen 22.