While most Christmas scenes depict snowy landscapes with people bundled up in sweaters and coats, there won’t be any of that in Statesboro and Bulloch County this year.
The lack of snow isn’t anything new. A couple flakes that don’t stick are enough to get area residents in a tizzy, but usually Christmas is a time for flames in the fireplace, hot chocolate to warm you and oh, those Christmas-themed sweaters.
Not this year. Predictions are that Christmas Day, 2015 will echo those of 1984 and 2008; meteorologists say the high on Christmas will be 80 degrees.
Instead of hot cocoa, here in the South, people will likely be swigging sweet iced tea.
“I have worn short pants on Christmas,” said Bulloch County Public Safety Director Ted Wynn.
According to Emily Timte, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Charleston, Dec. 25, 1984 and Dec. 25, 2008 tied for the record high of 80 degrees. In 1983, Christmas Day held the record for the lowest temperature – 10 degrees, she said.
“Enjoy it while you can,” Wynn said. “Predictions for this winter are cold and wet.”
The balmy Christmas temperatures may be out of sync with tradition, but after a weekend where the thermometer dipped down into the 30’s, the warmth may be welcomed by many.
Timte said a cold front passing through the area Friday brought the chill over the weekend, but temperatures will climb throughout the week, peaking on Christmas Day.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.