On this cold, cold day, I thought it was appropriate to re-visit the Christmas statistics from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Each year, they release Christmas weather statistics for the meteorologically curious. Outside, this morning, it was a mere 1 degree. How does that compare to recent Christmases?
In Baltimore, the coldest Christmas on record was within this lifetime–1983 with 3 degrees outside. The second coldest was 1872 when it was 5 degrees. In contrast, in 1964, it was a crazy 72 degrees. Hard to imagine wearing shorts on Christmas when we’re all bundled up inside today. According to the Farmers’ Almanac, the 1980’s were some of the coldest Christmases on record.
I prefer the Norman Rockwell snowy version of Christmas, even though we’ve seen only a few in the past 50 years, with over 5 inches on snow in 1962 and a little over 4 inches in 1969.
What to do? Stay inside and keep busy preparing for Christmases yet to come.
- Start a $5 jar for next year.
- Try out a Christmas cookie recipe for 2014.
- Crush your 2013 candy canes and make peppermint hot chocolate or peppermint bark.
- Put away your Christmas decorations? (Not yet! I have to wait a little longer!)
- Cut up your Christmas cards into gift tags for 2014.
Send your ideas to The Yule Log!