For many of us snow is synonymous with Christmas as are those great singers like Bing Crosby and Andy Williams who committed many a Christmas song to celluloid. However, the Dickensian scene of widespread snow lying on the ground on Christmas Day is much rarer than we think.
That seemingly white and fluffy stuff that falls out of the sky, icy cold, translucent in nature crystalized with cold is not all it seems. There is so much more to it and its journey than that. Its transformation from liquid to solid as it bounces around in the atmosphere with its life as an icy crystal hanging in the balance dependent upon uncontrollable atmospheric conditions until finally its heavy enough to leave its creative domain to fall gently to the earth sometimes taking as much as up to an hour, changing shape as it does so only to fall on unwelcoming ground that’s above free so it melts away never to give its joy to children and those who are still young at heart.
We are actually more likely to see snow between January and March as opposed to December, it was more frequent in the 18th and 19th centuries by the way. Climate change could have something to do with it but that’s another story.
A white Christmas to you and me is different to that of its definition which is -One snowflake observed falling in the 24hours of 25 December somewhere in the UK – We want snow covered plains.
Statistically we know that a snowflake has fallen somewhere in the UK on Christmas Day38 times in the last 54 years, and the last widespread Christmas was in 2010.
In truth we can accurately forecast if snow is likely up to five days beforehand and having said that it seems as if our Christmas week weather is more changeable than snowy with a risk of brisk winds and rain along with milder spells and some colder interludes too.
Whateverhappens give out the goodwill and enjoy!!