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This is how likely it is Toronto will have a white Christmas in 2016

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DH Toronto Staff Nov 24, 2016 11:43 pm 876

Earlier this week we spoke with The Weather Network about the upcoming Toronto winter.

And it doesn’t look pretty.

But speaking of pretty, a white Christmas in Toronto sure would give the winter season a silver lining. So, exactly one month out from the big day, we thought we’d find out what the likelihood of that happening is.

Luckily, both The Weather Network and Environment Canada are always wondering that exact same thing. In fact, they wonder about it so much, Environment Canada collected more than 50 years of data on the subject, analyzing 59 years of weather records between 1955-2013 in 43 major urban centres across Canada.

To be clear, a white Christmas has an actual definition:

Snow on the ground of 2 cm or more on Christmas morning at 7 am EST

What’s more, from a weather perspective there’s also something called a ‘Perfect Christmas’, which is defined as:

Snow on the ground of 2 cm or more on Christmas morning and snow in the air sometime Christmas day

Anyway, based on that 59 years of data, The Weather Network has made a prediction for the probability of a 2016 white Christmas in Toronto.

So, drum roll please….

The odds that Toronto will have a white Christmas in 2016 are: 50/50

Yup, one month out and you’re basically getting black jack odds that we’ll wake up with the fluffy white stuff on Christmas morning in Toronto.

Enter double-down joke here…

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DH Toronto Staff

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