How a meteorologist feels about a white Christmas

I speak for myself here, maybe others feel differently.

But, months in advance we start getting questions about whether it will be a white Christmas.  Ironically, it’s usually from the same people who say we’re always wrong.

Of course, as the Big Day gets closer we’re working our booties off trying to get the Christmas forecast nailed down.  Knowing that if something changes everyone will be mad and blame us.

While all of this is going on, you can catch me secretly hoping, wishing, and this year even praying that the weather for Christmas, whatever it may be, is quiet.

I’m sure you’re thinking I sound like the Grinch right now, but hear me out.

News is a 24/7 business 365 days a year. It doesn’t matter if it’s your birthday, Valentine’s Day, or Christmas someone is working morning and night.

I remember the Christmas Eve blizzard of 2009, in some ways it was magical. But, now I realize how big of a problem it was. So many more people were working, including meteorologists around the clock, reporters, road workers, ambulance drivers, doctors, the list goes on and on. Many people missed seeing their families, because they couldn’t make the trip.

This year, it’s my turn to have Christmas Day off. It’s my first married Christmas, we’ll be squeezing in Christmas at both of our parent’s houses & grandparents. It will be a wild 2 days filled with so much love and happiness.  That is, of course, if the weather is quiet.

In Oklahoma, the likelihood of having a white Christmas is historically less than a 10 percent chance. This year, quite possibly even lower than that with the long range models running temperatures well above average, but precip is also running above normal.

As of Wednesday, December 16th the Christmas forecast looks to be in the 60s with a few rain chances across Oklahoma.

Sitting, waiting, praying for quiet Christmas weather.

I wish you peace, love and harmony on Christmas. May all your loved ones be around you on these special days.




One thought on “How a meteorologist feels about a white Christmas

  1. Very well put, while a white Christmas is beautiful, I don’t think most people think about the fact that when we have weather like that at any time of year, there are those behind the scenes that miss spending time with family and friends to keep the rest of us safe and informed. I also want a quiet Christmas. Have a Merry Christmas!


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