There can be nothing sadder than to awake on Christmas Eve and not be able to look out the window upon a ground draped in a soft, white carpet. Or not to be able to warm your hands by a Yule log in the hearth. But to be denied crisp, cold air on this festive day is a transgression.
A white Christmas has likely become a thing of the past in the Big Apple. But in the future, will winter wither in this region altogether?
This Christmas Eve was a landmark one. In a bizarre meteorological aberration, it was nearly as warm as it was on the Fourth of July. With a high in the mid-70s, which is about 35 degrees above normal for the date, this was the warmest Christmas Eve in memory, a fitting end to a hot year that’s likely to be the hottest ever recorded.