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TUESDAY DECEMBER 26 - A REAL WHITE CHRISTMAS
So another year has gone by without a big snow on Christmas Day. Actually, snow on
December 25th is not that common around here. Over the last 100 years, snowflakes have
been sighted on Christmas in only about one out of every four years. And most of the
time it was only a trace - not even enough to be measured.
The biggest Christmas Day snow around here in the last century occurred way back in
1909. More than 22 inches fell in Wilmington, and 21 inches in Philadelphia, the
city's third largest storm on record. Snow began around 9am on Christmas Day and
continued for almost 24 hours. The weather observer that day wrote: "After
8pm, the snowfall increased from hour to hour until 3am the next morning - In places,
snow drifts were four to five feet high".
So although it may be cold this day after Christmas, we certainly don't have that
kind of snow shoveling job ahead of us!