White Christmas less likely

Snow and ice cover, 17 Dec 2011 (courtesy NOAA)

A white Christmas is less likely in Canada now compared to almost 50 years ago.

Environment Canada compared average snow on the ground Dec. 25 for two periods: from 1964 to 1982 (then), and from 1991 to 2009 (now).

Vancouver: 21 per cent then, 11 per cent now

Yellowknife: 100 per cent then, 100 per cent now

Calgary: 74 per cent then, 47 per cent now

Regina: 95 per cent then, 89 per cent now

Winnipeg: 100 per cent then, 95 per cent now

Toronto (Greater Toronto Area): 63 per cent then, 42 per cent now

Ottawa: 79 per cent then, 79 per cent now

Montreal: 79 per cent then, 68 per cent now

Saint John: 65 per cent then, 41 per cent now

Fredericton: 84 per cent then, 58 per cent now

Moncton: 84 per cent then, 63 per cent now

Charlottetown: 95 per cent then, 63 per cent now

Halifax: 63 per cent then, 47 per cent now

St. John’s: 53 per cent then, 63 per cent now

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