National Weather Service Historical Christmas Climate Statistics for Indianapolis Since 1871

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INDIANAPOLIS — The National Weather Service, a division of the United States Department of Commerce, has released a comprehensive historical overview of Christmas climate statistics for Indianapolis, dating back to 1871.

The report, accessible on the website under the Indianapolis section, details temperature and precipitation data, showcasing the extreme ranges experienced on Christmas Day throughout the city’s history.

According to the findings, the average high temperature for Christmas in Indianapolis stands at 36 degrees Fahrenheit, while the average low registers at 22 degrees Fahrenheit. The warmest Christmas on record occurred in 1893, with a high of 64 degrees Fahrenheit, while the coldest was in 1983, plunging to a bone-chilling low of -15 degrees Fahrenheit.

Moreover, the report delineates the frequency distribution of high temperatures in ranges since 1871. It reveals that the most common temperature range on Christmas in Indianapolis falls within the 30s (53 occurrences), followed by the 40s (33 occurrences) and the 20s (32 occurrences). Only one instance recorded temperatures below zero.

When it comes to precipitation, the highest recorded amount of rainfall on Christmas Day was 1.36 inches in 2005. Conversely, the most snowfall observed on this festive day was 5.9 inches in 1909.

Furthermore, the report offers insights into the snow cover on the ground, indicating that 22% of Christmases between 1898 and 2022 had a trace of snow, while 28% saw at least an inch or more of snow accumulation.

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