Breakdown: Why we could experience record breaking temperatures this Christmas
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - No chance of a white Christmas this year.
In fact, we’ll be on the opposite end of the spectrum with near-record highs.
The warmest Christmas on record in Memphis is 76° set in 1889.
Why is it so warm?
A ridge of high pressure is in place across the region. Winds around high pressure move in a clockwise-motion, so as this high moves to the east, it will allow for southerly winds to continue to stream into the region.
Additionally, the ocean temperatures are also very warm -- and water retains heat -- so these southerly winds will be bringing in a tropical airmass.
These southerly winds will be strong, gusting up to wind gusts up to 35 mph both on Christmas Eve and Day.
While it will be a tropical Christmas in the Mid-South this year, what exactly are our chances of a White Christmas any given year? Meteorologist Sagay Galindo explains in this Breakdown.
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