Nashville Christmas Climatology

 

Probability of a White Christmas
Based on the climate data from 1970-2000, the above graphic from the National Climatic Data Center shows the
odds of having a "White Christmas" being defined as having at least 1 inch of snow on the ground.

Since the winter of 1884 and 1885, when snowfall records began in Nashville, snow has fallen 24 times on Christmas Day. Only 10 have been a measurable amount. A measurable amount is one tenth of an inch or more.

From a statistical standpoint, there is a 19 percent chance of a trace or more of snow on Christmas Day, and only a 8 percent chance of measurable snow.

The last time measureable snow fell on Christmas was in 2010, when 1.1 inches occurred.

Snow fell on Christmas, 1993 when 0.3 inches occurred. 0.3 inches also fell on Christmas in 1992 in downtown Nashville, but 1 to 2 inches fell in the Joelton and Ridgtop areas. 1992 and 1993 is the only time that two consecutive Christmases have had measurable snowfall.

The last white Christmas in Nashville was in 2010 when 1.1 inches of snow fell. A white Christmas is one or more inches of snowfall.

The warmest Christmas on record occurred in 1982, and the coldest was in 1983.

The wettest Christmas on record was in 1987 when 2.37 inches of rain fell.

Christmas 1964, at 1150PM, a tornado cut a million dollar damage path from the Whispering Hills section of Nashville to near Una.


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