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Christmas Day Weather Facts for
Wichita Falls, TX

The following are some numbers related to Christmas Day weather in Wichita Falls, TX. The numbers are based on records going back to 1923.

Statistic Value Year % of years
Average Temperature 41.2 °F    
Average Max Temp 53.0 °F    
Average Min Temp 29.5 °F    
# MaxTemps <= 32 2   2%
# MaxTemps >= 70 7   7%
# MinTemps <= 0 0   0%
Warmest MaxT 75 °F 1942  
Coldest MaxT 14 °F 1983  
Warmest MinT 50 °F 1959  
Coldest MinT 5 °F 1983  
       
# Days with Precip 22   21%
# Days with Snow 8   7%
Rainfall > 0.10 6   6%
Rainfall > 0.50 2   2%
Rainfall > 1.00 1   1%
Snowfall > 0.1 3   3%
Snowfall > 0.5 2   2%
Snowfall > 1.0 1   1%
Snowfall > 2.0 1   1%
Snowfall > 3.0 0   0%
Snow depth >= T 4   9%
Snow depth >= 1 2   5%
Max Precip 1.97 in 1987  
Max Snowfall 2.5 in 2012  
Max Snow Depth 8 in 2009  

Some of the more memorable Christmas Days weatherwise in recent years include...

1955: The high of 57 was above average by about 5 or 6 degrees, but it was a 30-degree drop-off from the previous day. A high of 87 on Christmas Eve was around 35 degrees above the long-term average, and is tied for the 2nd warmest daily temperature for December.

1983: Bitter cold with wind chills well below zero occurred during the pre-dawn hours of Christmas Day. The high of 14 was an improvement over the previous day, as the high on Christmas Eve was 11 degrees.

1989: Christmas Day was a sunny, mild day with temperatures well into the 60s. But what made this Christmas memorable was the dramatic warm-up that was in progress. Three days earlier the temperature fell to minus 4, breaking the previous all-time record low for December by two degrees. The next night, the December low temperature record was broken again when the temperature fell to minus 7. Two days later on Christmas Day, the temperature reached 65, giving Wichita Falls a  a 72-degree warm-up in just two days.

2009: Although no snow technically fell on Christmas Day, the record-setting blizzard that affected parts of north Texas on Christmas Eve was fresh on everyone's mind. Snow accumulated between 5 and 7 inches over a large area, with locations in Wichita and Clay counties reporting 7-10 inches! The snowstorm was made worse by the near continuous winds that were sustained near 40 mph with gusts as high as 60 mph. Most roadways were shut down by early afternoon, stranding thousands of holiday travelers and last-minute Christmas shoppers. The snow finally moved east during the early evening hours, leaving behind snow drifts as high as five feet, and streets littered with abandoned cars.

 

 

 

Years with Snowfall
on Christmas Day

1939 Trace
1975 0.3 inches
1983 Trace
1985 Trace
1987 1.0 inch
1997 Trace
2007 Trace
2012 2.5 inches

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