With only 15 days left until Christmas, one climate expert thinks Canadians should be more optimistic about a White Christmas this year.
Senior climatologist at the Canadian Environment Agency, Dave Phillips, defines White Christmas as when snow covers at least 2 cm on the ground on Christmas Day and says the majority of areas that currently hit that threshold are expected to Maintain snowfall for the next two weeks.
Phillips says that about the upper half of B.C. and the Prairies, much of northern Ontario and the upper part of the Ottawa Valley, on the north bank of the River St. Lawrence and east Quebec, northwest New Brunswick and from Labrador to Gander, N.L., have already qualified for a White Christmas.
While there haven’t been any immediate significant snowfall for Canadians, Phillips says these games can usually only be predicted four or five days in advance, meaning a lot could change from now comes Christmas.
In general, historical data shows that White Christmas is currently infrequent. Phillips said. During the 1960s and 1970s, the likelihood of Canadians spending a White Christmas was 79%, while that number is now down to around 66%. Snowfall used to average about 16 cm but has now dropped to just 11.
“Those are the things we have to deal with because of climate change,” he said.
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