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Christmas Day Climate History for Paducah, KY
 

*Climate Data has been recorded at Barkley Regional Airport in West Paducah since 1949 and prior to that was observed in downtown Paducah back to December of 1937.

Here is a look at high and low temperature frequencies and extremes as well as precipitation statistics for Christmas in Paducah.

 As you can see a good majority of Christmas Days have high temperatures in the 30s and 40s, accounting for 63% of all years on record.

Warmest Highs Coldest Highs
71 in 2016 12 in 1983
69 in 1982 19 in 1985
66 in 1940 24 in 2000
63 in 1971 24 in 1980
60 in 1942 27 in 2004*
Normal High: 44

*Denotes a tie in previous year(s)

Paducah has seen highs warm above 60 degrees five times, most recently in 2016, when it soared up to 71 degrees. This is the only time on record Paducah has witnessed 70 degrees on Christmas Day. There have also been 2 years where the high temperature failed to reach 20 degrees. This occurred back in 1985 and 1983.

Most Christmas mornings we wake up to temperatures in the 20s and 30s, accounting for 62% of all years on record. But lows have bottomed out below 0 twice, most recently in 2004 when we tanked at 8 degrees below zero. There have also been 8 years where the low remained above 40 degrees, most recently in 2015.

Warmest Lows Coldest Lows
51 in 2015 -8 in 2004
50 in 1982 -5 in 1983
49 in 1971 7 in 2000
46 in 2016 7 in 1980
42 in 1957 8 in 1990*
Normal Low: 27

*Denotes a tie in previous year(s)

Measurable precipitation has fallen 29% of the time, with over an inch of precipitation falling on 3 different occasions, most recently in 1987 when a whooping 3.78 inches fell. Measurable snowfall has only occurred on 3 occasions (4% of all years on record), with the most recent back in 1992. There have been 8 years (12% of all years on record) classified as a white Christmas with a snow depth of 1 inch or greater. This last happened in 2010 when there was 3 inches of snow on the ground Christmas morning. The largest snow depth observed on Christmas morning was back in 2004 when there was an astounding 9 inches!

Wettest (inches) Snowiest (inches) Most Snow Depth
3.78 in 1987 4.0 in 1969 9.0 in 2004
1.09 in 1982 3.0 in 1992 5.0 in 1963
1.01 in 1951 2.0 in 1975 4.0 in 1969
0.95 in 2006 T in 2012* 3.0 in 2010
0.70 in 1944   2.0 in 1966

*Denotes a tie in previous year(s)

Here is a look at the observed weather for the past 15 years:

Recent Christmas Day Weather
Year High Low Precip Snowfall Snow Depth
2002 27 24 T T T
2003 42 18 0 0 0
2004 27 -8 0 0 9
2005 43 37 T 0 0
2006 43 37 0.95 0 0
2007 51 23 0 0 0
2008 41 24 0 0 0
2009 53 29 0.33 T 0
2010 33 29 0.01 T 3
2011 56 28 0 0 0
2012 36 30 0.13 T 0
2013 45 18 0 0 0
2014 50 35 0 0 0
2015 59 51 T 0 0
2016 71 46 0.02 0 0

 

Christmas Day Climate History for Evansville, IN
 

*Climate Data has been recorded at Evansville Regional Airport since January of 1897. Snowfall records began in January of 1948.

Here is a look at high and low temperature frequencies and extremes as well as precipitation statistics for Christmas in Evansville.

As seen by this graphic high temperatures are predominately in the 30s and 40s on Christmas, encompassing 70% of all years on record.

Warmest Highs Coldest Highs
68 in 1982 10 in 1983
63 in 1932 14 in 1985
61 in 2016 14 in 1924
61 in 1922 21 in 1902
58 in 2015 22 in 2000
58 in 1973*  
Normal High: 42

*Denotes a tie in previous year(s)

Evansville has seen highs as warm as the 60s 4 times on Christmas, most recently in 2016. There have also been 3 years where the high temperature failed to reach 20 degrees, most recently in 1985.

Low temperatures typically fall in the 20s or 30s, which accounts for 68% of the years on record. There have been 2 years with lows below 0, most recently in 2004 when it tanked to 11 below zero. On the warm end of the spectrum, there have been 11 years with lows above 40 degrees. This last occurred in 2016.

Warmest Lows Coldest Lows
51 in 1982 -11 in 2004
48 in 2015 -7 in 1983
43 in 1940 0 in 2000
43 in 1936 3 in 1985
42 in 1942 3 in 1924
42 in 1904  
Normal Low: 25

 

Measurable precipitation has fallen 37% of the time, with over an inch of precipitation falling on 3 different occasions, most recently in 2006. Measurable snowfall has only occurred on 7 occasions (10% of all years on record), with the greatest being 2.3 inches in 1993. There have been 9 years (13% of all years on record) classified as a white Christmas with a snow depth of 1 inch or greater. This last happened in 2010 when there was 1 inch of snow on the ground Christmas morning. The largest snow depth observed on Christmas morning was back in 2004 when there was an astounding 11 inches!

Wettest (inches) Snowiest (inches) Most Snow Depth
1.96 in 1987 2.3 in 1993 11.0 in 2004
1.79 in 1982 2.1 in 1969 6.0 in 1963
1.03 in 2006 0.7 in 1992 4.0 in 1969
0.88 in 1975 0.7 in 1975 2.0 in 2000
0.85 in 1944 0.1 in 2002* 2.0 in 1990*

*Denotes a tie in previous year(s)

Here is a look at the observed weather for the past 15 years:

Recent Christmas Day Weather
Year High Low Precip Snowfall Snow Depth
2002 29 25 T 0.1 T
2003 40 23 0 0 0
2004 25 -11 0 0 11
2005 45 34 0.22 0 0
2006 41 38 1.03 0 0
2007 50 25 0 0 0
2008 36 20 0 0 0
2009 54 31 0.2 T 0
2010 33 29 T T 1
2011 55 28 0 0 0
2012 37 30 0.01 0 0
2013 38 21 0 0 0
2014 49 38 0 0 0
2015 58 48 T 0 0
2016 61 41 0.04 0 0

 

Christmas Day Climate History for Cape Girardeau, MO
 

*Climate Data has been recorded at Cape Girardeau Regional Airport, located 5 miles southwest of Cape Girardeau, since June of 1960.

Here is a look at high and low temperature frequencies and extremes as well as precipitation statistics for Christmas in Cape Girardeau.

 As you can see a good majority of Christmas Days have high temperatures in the 30s and 40s, accounting for 74% of all years on record.

Warmest Highs Coldest Highs
66 in 2016 15 in 1983
65 in 1982 21 in 2000
61 in 1971 21 in 1985
58 in 2015 24 in 1980
58 in 2011 25 in 2004
Normal High: 43

 

Cape Girardeau has seen highs as warm as the 60s three times on Christmas, most recently in 2016, when it soared up to 66 degrees. Back in 1983 was the only year that the high didn't hit 20 degrees, topping out at 15.

Christmas morning lows end up in the 20s a good portion of the time, accounting for 42% of all years on record. Teens and 30s are fairly common as well. Lows have bottomed out below 0 twice, most recently in 2004 when we tanked to 10 degrees below zero. There have also been 4 years where the low remained above 40 degrees, most recently in 2016.

Warmest Lows Coldest Lows
48 in 1971 -10 in 2004
47 in 2015 -7 in 1983
46 in 1982 5 in 1963
44 in 2016 6 in 2000
36 in 2006* 6 in 1985
Normal Low: 25

*Denotes a tie in previous year(s)

Measurable precipitation has fallen 23% of the time, with over an inch of precipitation falling on 3 different occasions, most recently in 1987 when a whooping 3.48 inches fell.

Wettest (inches)
3.48 in 1987
2.24 in 1982
1.06 in 1975
0.50 in 2006
0.38 in 1969

 

Here is a look at the observed weather for the past 15 years:

Recent Christmas Day Weather
Year High Low Precip
2002 26 21 0
2003 41 18 0
2004 25 -10 0
2005 46 36 T
2006 44 36 0.5
2007 51 24 0
2008 40 24 0
2009 49 28 0.08
2010 34 29 T
2011 58 26 0
2012 37 27 T
2013 40 21 0
2014 49 34 0
2015 58 47 T
2016 66 44 T