In the Maritimes, White Christmas Is More Of A Dream Than A Reality.

Are you having dreams of a snowy Christmas similar to the one you used to have?

With each passing year, the famous lines from the 1940s holiday classic are becoming more and more relevant throughout the Maritimes.

While there are still white Christmases in the area, the likelihood that you will see one in any given year has decreased over the past few decades due to climate change.

In a 25-year period from 1997 to 2021, compared to the time period from 1960 to 1984, Environment Canada and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) looked at 45 areas throughout the country and discovered that overall the possibility of a snowy Christmas had decreased 14%.

The decline has been far more pronounced here in the Maritimes, where the average decrease across the 25-year spans was 32%

The likelihood of a snowy Christmas decreased most noticeably in Fredericton and Charlottetown, two of the six areas that the ECCC analyzed here. In the past 25 years, it has decreased from almost 90% between 1960 and 1984 to close to and less than 50%.

The likelihood of a snowy Christmas decreased by about 30% in Halifax, Sydney, and Saint John.