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Christmas Weather for Northern Illinois:   Statistics for Chicago and Rockford

 

 

Christmas Climate

 

 

Chicago:

The following statistics comprises 148 years of data, however snowfall data began in 1885, so it is composed of 135 years of data. Data collection began at the University of Chicago, then at Midway, and currently at O'Hare which is now the official station for Chicago. 

To see the daily climate data for Chicago for Christmas from 1871-Present, click here.

 

Christmas high temperatures
Frequency distribution of high temperatures for Chicago. This dataset shows that the most frequent range of high temperatures on Christmas is in between 30 and 39 degrees. The normal high for Christmas at Chicago is 32 degrees, which falls in the most frequent range. The highest temperature recorded on Christmas is 64 degrees set in 1982.  The coldest high temperature on Christmas is -5 degrees which occurred in 1983.

 

Chicago Christmas low temperatures
Frequency distribution of low temperatures for Chicago. This dataset shows that the most frequent range of low temperatures on Christmas is in between 20 and 29 degrees. The normal low temperature on Christmas in Chicago is 18 degrees. The lowest temperature recorded on Christmas is -17 degrees which occurred in 1983. The highest low temperature for Christmas was 46 degrees in 1936.

 

Graph of precipitation on Christmas Day
Frequency distribution of precipitation for Chicago. This dataset shows that the most frequent amount of precipitation recorded on Christmas is 0.00”, which accounts for 38% of the days in the dataset. The next most frequent range is 0.02” to 0.25". The highest amount of precipitation on Christmas occurred in 1909 and 1950 when 0.50” of precipitation fell. There has never been an instance where over an inch of precipitation fell on Christmas.
Graph of snow on Christmas Day
 
Frequency distribution of snowfall for Chicago. This dataset shows that the most frequent amount of snowfall recorded on Christmas is 0.0”, which accounts for 46% of the days in the dataset. The next most frequent range is 0.1"  through 0.9" followed closed by a Trace. The highest amount of snowfall recorded on Christmas occurred in 1950 when 5.1” of snow fell. 

 

ADDITIONAL CHRISTMAS CLIMATE DATA

MAX TEMP
WARMEST

MIN TEMP
WARMEST
PCPN
WETTEST
SNOW
MOST
64
1982
46
1936
0.50
1950
5.1
1950
57
2019
42
1940
0.50
1909
5.0
1909
56
1936
42
1877
0.47
1982
4.3
1933
56
1895
37
2019
0.46
2009
4.1
1951
55
1971
36
1982
0.38
1957
3.9
1935
52
1994
35
1957
0.35
1973
52
1893
35
1941
0.35
1949
52
1891
35
1888
0.34
1965
50
1940
35
1881
0.34
1879
50
1877
34
1973
0.34
1877
 
MAX TEMP
COLDEST
MIN TEMP
COLDEST
-5
1983
-17
1983
2
1985
-11
1985
6
1924
-8
1980
9
1996
-7
2000
10
1902
-6
1924
10
1892
-3
1984
15
1977
-3
1903
15
1899
-2
1935
15
1879
-2
1892
15
1878
-1
1990, 1914

 

Updated 12/18/2020