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Brown Christmas in the cards for Regina due to warming trend

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Regina may be dreaming of a white Christmas, just like the ones we used to know.

The mercury will continue to rise above freezing until just before Christmas, then colder air will return.

Because there is such little snow on the ground and barely any snowfall in the forecast, Regina is at risk of seeing it’s first brown Christmas since 2011.

Statistics from Environment Canada
Statistics from Environment Canada.

During the winter months, the Polar Jet Stream sits south of the Prairies, allowing colder air to spill down from the Arctic.

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However, this year the El Niño is allowing the jet stream to sit higher than usual, which is pulling up warmer air into the Prairies.

Learn more about El Niño and its effects here.

In orange, you see where the Polar Jet Stream normally sits and the purple jet stream shows how high it is currently sitting.
In orange, you see where the Polar Jet Stream normally sits and the purple jet stream shows how high it is currently sitting.

This warming trend is expected to continue to push temperatures above seasonal until Christmas week and after that colder air will once again prevail.

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