Top ten: Snowiest Christmas days

18 12 2012

Snow at Christmas is recorded in two ways – the number of stations that reported snow falling, and the number of stations that recorded snow on the ground at 9 am. The two charts show the snowiest Christmases for both measures since 1959.
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The snowiest Christmas in terms of snow on the ground was in 2010, when 83% of stations recorded snow.

Year Percentage of stations reporting snow lying
1 2010 83%
2 2009 57%
3 1981 52%
4 1995 40%
5 2004 34%
6 1999 30%
7 1964 22%
8 1993 21%
9 1970 20%
10 1968 14%

The year when the highest number of stations reported snow falling was 2004, when 61% of stations reported snowfall.

Year Percentage of stations reporting snowfall
1 2004 61%
2 1970 57%
3 1993 51%
4 1995 49%
5 1964 47%
6 1968 43%
7 1999 42%
8 2001 40%
9 2000 35%
10 1966 31%

Visit our website to see the full history of snow at Christmas or find out how much snow we get in the UK each year.


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2 responses

18 12 2012
misfratz

2001 was a special snowy Christmas day for me. My daughter was only eight days old, and the three of us had a quiet Christmas Lunch at home together. Just as we sat down to eat the snowflakes came tumbling down.

I’m going to look at this map closely when I next move house – would be nice to live somewhere with a decent chance of snow falling on Christmas Day again.

30 12 2012
jdey123

I thought global warming was supposed to make it snow more. That’s what you said in 2010. What’s happened? Has global warming ended?

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/hadobs/hadcet/

http://woodfortrees.org/plot/hadcrut3vgl/

Looks like it. When can we expect an announcement from the MetOffice?

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