1″ of snow on the ground on Christmas day is the definition of a White Christmas

Yesterday made six out of the past 7 a white Christmas.  Clinton area official weather observer Jim Blaess says the definition that’s used for a white Christmas is having at least one inch of snow on the ground on Christmas day.

Blaess says from 2007 through this year the only year without a White Christmas was 2011.

He pointed out the longest period without a white Christmas was eight years from 1952 through 1959.  But, that was followed by the longest period of having at least one inch of snow on the ground on Christmas for six years from 1960 through 1965.

Records for a white Christmas started in 1920 and Blaess said that over the 94 years there have been 43 white Christmases and 51 without or about 46 percent of time.

The Clinton area weather observer said the snow yesterday did total just over an inch.  That brought the month’s total to about 13-and-a-half inches of snow which is about five inches above average for December.