A white Christmas is less likely for many. The Grinch to blame is climate change

After all these years, Bing Crosby still spurs our dreams of a "White Christmas." But a new data analysis suggests some of us are better off leaving that dream of snow on Christmas morning to the holiday classics. When meteorologists talk about "normal" or "average" weather, they're mainly referring to a data set that takes into account conditions over the past three decades. That so-called normals data was updated this year, and now includes more recent weather — from 1991 to 2020 — which has tended to be milder and less snowy due to the climate crisis.
This week, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists used that data to update the chances for at least one inch of snow on the ground on December 25. So, cross your fingers and use the map below to see if there is still at least a small chance of building Frosty on Christmas Day.
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