First Day of Winter Begins Tonight, Record Warmth Forecasted Over The Christmas Holiday

Published Monday, December 21, 2015 at 1:36 pm

Now that looks like winter. The historic waterwheel next to Boone Bagelry on N.C. 105 was covered in ice yesterday – the day before winter officially begins.

By Jesse Wood

We already knew it wasn’t going to be a White Christmas. But with temperatures forecasted to be nearly 70 degrees, this is looking like it’s going to be a Jimmy Buffet Christmas.

“Weather this week will be unlike any Christmas week ever experienced in our region.”

That comes from According to climate data archived at the local weather outlet’s website, the previous high on record for Boone on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day is 63 and 62 degrees.

But in a few days, the forecasted high temperate from is 67 and 68 degrees – and record high temperatures are likely through the weekend as well.

“Record high temperatures are expected in spite of the clouds and rain [on Christmas Eve] —remarkable,” noted. “…We’ll be breaking record highs from Thursday through the weekend as a warm, moist tropical flow will not be denied.”

Today is the first day of winter, and it begins at exactly 11:48 p.m.

Even though winter officially begins today, the High Country residents have usually felt the brisk winds and sustained cold for a couple months by now, and the salt truck sightings are usually a regular occurrence by now. But not this year.

As noted, the cold snap experienced of the weekend that allowed the ski and tubing resorts the opportunity to make snow and open is an “anomaly” this year.

“The weather map has a Bermuda High look again–ridging in the Western Atlantic extending into the Southeast with fronts stalling/fading out before they reach us from the west. A warm, tropical flow from the Gulf dominates our weather for the forseeable future,” wrote in its forecast discussion on Monday.

For what it’s worth, the High Country isn’t the only region experiencing record temps over the holidays.


Consider this report from USA Today:

“Forget the Yule Log unless you want to sweat this Christmas Eve in the eastern U.S.
Records could be shattered Christmas Eve in several cities, such as Boston (where the record high is 61 degrees), New York City (63), Philadelphia (64), Washington (69), Charlotte (71), and Atlanta (72).

“There is a high probability for record-setting warmth up and down the entire Eastern Seaboard from Florida to Maine [on Christmas Eve],” AccuWeather meteorologist Rob Englund said.”

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