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When was the last time Wilmington had a white Christmas?

Jim Ware
StarNews
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A rare snowman was spotted Feb. 13, 2010, near Crystal Pier at Wrightsville Beach. (StarNews file photo)

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:

  • The warmest — 77 degrees in 1955.
  • The coldest high temperature — 26 in 1983.
  • The warmest high temperature — 77 in 1955.
  • The coldest average temperature — 17.5 in 1983.
  • The warmest average temperature — 69.5 in 1964.
  • The most precipitation — 2.26 inches in 2006.
  • Related links:

    What were the warmest and coldest winters on record for Wilmington?

    What is the coldest low temperature and coldest high temperature recorded in Wilmington’s history?

    How much colder than normal was January 2010 in Wilmington?

    At what temperature should you run water to prevent pipes from freezing?

    User-contributed question by:
    Joellyn Cochran

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    3 Responses to “ When was the last time Wilmington had a white Christmas?”

    1. On January 24, 2011 at 4:07 pm none wrote:

      Check 1989.

    2. On December 25, 2011 at 12:43 am k-dawg wrote:

      might not have been a whole lot of snow at the airport in 1999, but my (then) 9 yr old daughter and her friend built a snowman on kure beach that year!

    3. On December 25, 2011 at 10:50 am Tom Grady wrote:

      In 1989, it began snowing on the night of December 23 and by my accounts snowed for 36 hours.
      The Blizzard of ’89 was a White Christmas in a big way. In my yard, the average total came in around 20 inches.
      It was GREAT!