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Christmas Climate for Rochester

A few weather facts about Christmas day in Rochester. Precipitation is recorded in inches. Snow on the ground is at 6 am.

Temperature

Normal High: 25
Normal Low: 10
Record High: 50 (1936)
Record Low: -25 (2000)
Lowest High: -6 (1996)
Highest Low: 38 (1936)

Precipitation

Record: 0.75 (1893)
Record Snowfall 10.3 (1955)
Record Snow on the Ground 29 (2010)

 

Number of times with a trace or more of snowfall: 56
Number of times with measurable (over a trace) of snowfall: 27
Number of times with an inch or more of snowfall: 14
Climatological chance for a trace or more of snowfall: 54%
Climatological chance for measurable (over a trace) of snowfall: 26%
Climatological chance of an inch or more of snowfall: 14%
Number of times with a trace or more of snow on the ground: 79
Number of times with an inch or more of snow on the ground: 66
Climatological chance of a trace or more on the ground: 93%
Climatological chance of an inch or more on the ground: 78%

 


With a "white" Christmas generally considered an inch of snow on the ground (or an inch falling that day), Rochester has had "white" Christmases 66 times (out of 85) since 1933, or 78% of the time. The last non-white Christmas was in 2011.  The years of 1936, 1941, 1942, and 1943 were excluded from the statistics due to missing data.

Non-"white" Christmases: 1911, 1914, 1944, 1949, 1953, 1958, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1986, 1988, 1997, 2002, 2006, 2011.

Snowfall used 103 years, snow depth 85 years.