Bismarck – With two weeks to go until Christmas, the weather lately hasn’t been exactly, “Christmas-like”. As we get closer to the holiday, the chances for a white Christmas, may be diminishing.
Bitter cold, piles of snow, all sure signs of winter here in Bismarck, but all that’s been lacking so far this season…I did some research, and since November 20th, Bismarck has only recorded FOUR days where the temperature was below normal, we’re also about 5 inches below normal this winter for snowfall…but below normal temperatures will be a rare thing heading into the new year.
I went to the National Weather Service to find out.
“The jet stream is going to be shunted a little further north, as a result the colder air will be pushed north, and this is going to be the average for December, the main message here is the duration of the cold air in place will be short, and the days we see above normal temperatures will be much greater.” Said Meteorologist Ken Simosko with the National Weather Service.
But while you may be enjoying the fact your shovel remains dormant in the garage, others who rely on the snow at this time of the year are already feeling the effects…Jenna Vanhorne and her husband Rob have a start up business called Wicked Bunny Contracting, and one of the things they rely on during the winter months is help from mother nature…
You budget through the year to make sure your main bills are paid, but when you wanna buy your kid, you know, that two hundred dollar drone and stuff, you really hope it snows”. Said Vanhorne.
The above average temperatures are also having an impact on Ice Fishermen who tell me in many places they still can’t drive their vehicles on lake, because the ice just isn’t thick enough yet…and unfortunately many lakes won’t be frozen over until sometime next month.
“Right now, we’re not frozen over, the rivers are still open, normally that takes place around the third week of December, not gonna happen this year, it probably will happen sometime in January, so even at that point the ice will be thin.”
Now even though it will be above average…don’t be looking for temperatures in the 60s…since average temperatures this time of the year are in the 20s…a day 10 or 15 degrees above normal means high should be in the upper 30 or lower 40s.
So enjoy the weather while you can, because in North Dakota it can flip in an instant.
For more information on snow clearing services offered by Wicked Bunny, visit their Facebook page.
For those looking to help out others clearing snow in the area, visit the webpage for Bismarck People’s Helping Hands.