A white Christmas has become the thing of legends for some locales on the East coast, where unseasonably high temperatures are expected to make this the warmest holiday season for many communities.
Several cities in the East will likely see their warmest Christmas Eve or Christmas Day on record as part of a weather pattern that some meteorologists are jokingly calling a “blowtorch.”
“Almost 75% of Americans will experience 60 F + by the end of the week. Not exactly par for the course in December,” the Weather Channel Meteorologist Keith Carson wrote on Twitter.
The jet stream is building its way back northward this Christmas week and with it comes unseasonable warmth, according to AccuWeather.com.
Highs will range from the 50s in Maine, the 70s in the mid-Atlantic and the lower 80s in parts of the Southeast, temperatures that are about 15 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit above normal, AccuWeather.com predicted.
"It appears high temperatures will be close to 70 F on Christmas Eve in New York City, which is about 30 degrees above normal for the date," AccuWeather Meteorologist Bill Deger said.
Though this Christmas will not be a white one, in many areas it will be a wet one, as a procession of low-pressure systems and a southerly flow of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico will bring periods of low clouds and rain, officials said.
New York State’s Tug Hill region, east of Lake Ontario and northern Maine may see some flurries come Christmas, but “above average temperatures continuing through the end of the month will set the stage for December monthly temperature records to be broken in some areas of the East,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Ed Vallee said.
“With the warm temperatures we may have to buy ice this Christmas,” one woman joked on Twitter.
At least 2,643 record daily highs were tied or broken across the United States during the first 19 days of December, the NOAA’s National Center for Environmental Information found.