They Come in Bunches

Shane says even though a "White Christmas" is hard to come by for Bowling Green, there exists an interesting trend when it comes to years that produce them.


1 in 10.  Those are the odds of a "White Christmas" in Bowling Green, at least historically.  Just a reminder:  A "White Christmas" occurs when at least 1" of snow either falls on or is measured on Dec. 25th (in other words, it does NOT have to snow on Christmas Day to make it "white").  That being said, you know all too well if you have lived in this part of the world for some time now that South-Central KY is not the place the late Irving Berlin (or the late Bing Crosby, for that matter) would come to see tree tops glisten or to hear sleigh bells in the snow. 

Below is a list of "official" White Christmas years (dating back to the early 1930s, when reliable snowfall records for BG began): 

1935 (4.5" of snow on Christmas Day)

1962 (2" of snow on ground)

1963 (6" of snow on ground)

1966: (3" of snow on ground)

1969 (3.4" of snow on Christmas Day)

1989 (1" of snow on ground)

1992 (3.5" of snow on Christmas Day)

1993 (1" of snow on Christmas Day)

Notice how streaky White Christmases can be for us!  After going nearly three decades without one, our area's residents finally woke up to snow on the ground on 12/25/62.  It happened again the next year, however, followed by two more in '66 and in '69.  That's four White Christmases in eight years, quite a rare feat for anyone in the lower Ohio Valley!  Then came another dry spell, this one lasting 20 years before the period 1989-1993 spawned an amazing three White Christmases.   What's more amazing is that Bowling Green experienced significant snow actually falling on the 25th two years in a row!  That has not happened since (although we have seen some flurries on Christmas Day in quite a number of years, which is what I like to call on "off-white" Christmas). 

So if past history is any indication, maybe it's just a matter of getting one "White Christmas" to open up the floodgates.  Will this be the year?  We'll soon find out.  In the meantime, may your days be merry and bright.


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  • by Alexis Location: Millwood, KY on Dec 23, 2009 at 08:11 AM
    Santa needs snow for Christmas. Merry Christmas!!!
  • by Mary Location: Millwood, KY on Dec 22, 2009 at 03:14 PM
    I love snow on Christmas.
  • by delilah Location: GLASGOW on Dec 21, 2009 at 09:28 AM
  • by lc Location: Russellville,Kentucky on Dec 20, 2009 at 03:22 PM
    let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. I'm dreaming of a white Christmas in Russellville Ky.
  • by christina Location: bowlimng green on Dec 20, 2009 at 07:40 AM
    where i am from we had snow on every christmas michigan i have been here for 11 yrs and aint never seen snow on christmas
  • by Christmas Medley Location: Glasgow, Ky on Dec 19, 2009 at 11:09 PM
    We want that white Christmas too!! Is there a way to just put it on the screen to make us feel better? Better yet... I want the snow machine outside on Christmas morning... can we arrange this? Hehehe. :)
  • by Shauna Location: Metcalfe Co. on Dec 19, 2009 at 06:47 PM
    Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!!!
  • by chad Location: glasgow,ky on Dec 19, 2009 at 05:33 PM
    Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
  • by Delilah Location: Green County on Dec 19, 2009 at 07:47 AM
    To me Christmas just isn't all that it should be without snow.
  • by amy Location: greensburg,ky on Dec 18, 2009 at 10:23 AM
    We need snow, everyone keep your fingers crossed!!!
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