White Jersey Shore Christmas? We Checked In With The Ghost Of Christmas Weather Past
We have all heard the song. We know. We're dreaming of a White Christmas here at the Jersey Shore. We always dream of one, but we rarely get one. So what does history tell us will happen right here in Monmouth County for Christmas Day?
So, we did a little research, and here's what we came up with. We looked at the weather data for Christmas Day in Freehold over the years, and here's the picture that was painted for us by the weather ghost of Christmas past.
Our average temperature in Monmouth County on Christmas Day over the past 30 years has been a daytime high of 44 and an overnight low of 26. That's certainly in the cold enough to snow category, but it turns out we just don't get a ton of Christmas snow.
As a matter of fact, according to the Office of the New Jersey State Climatologist, the most Christmas Day snow we've ever recorded in Freehold was 3 and a half inches, and for that, you'd have to go back to 1969.
The records show we do tend to get an occasional warm Christmas Day. That 71 degree Christmas Day we had back in 2015 is still the record holder.40 years prior, in 1975, the high temperature for Christmas Day was 46 degrees colder, coming in at 25 and making it the coldest Freehold Christmas Day on record.
By the way, the coldest Christmas Eve we've had around the County happened way back in 1945 when the mercury dipped to 3 degrees. Even Santa wasn't jolly about traveling that night.
It's still way too early to pin down a Monmouth County Christmas forecast, but one thing is for sure. Nothing is off the table. This is New Jersey weather we're talking about here.