Believe it or not, the National Weather Service website has a page dedicated to Christmas climatology.
According to that page, a trace of snow fell on Christmas Day in only two years — 1948 and 1999 — in Wilmington. Unfortunately, an inch of snow on the ground is required to declare a white Christmas, the weather service page says.
That doesn’t mean there wasn’t snow on the ground on Christmas Day from a previous snowfall. For example, the highest snow depth on Christmas Day in Wilmington was 13 inches in 1989. That also was the Christmas Day when the mercury dipped to zero, making it the coldest temperature ever recorded in Wilmington since records began in 1874.
Other fun weather facts about Christmas Days in Wilmington:
Date posted: December 22, 2010
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