Captain Kirk is taking a well-deserved break for roughly the next week, so his helper elves at Weather Trends are taking over! Although we've got a pretty big.... chair to fill!

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We had to bring the snowman inside the office to keep him from melting (as with almost all offices, ours is usually freezing!). The pond behind him is still frozen but that ice won't last as we hit the mid-50s today and will continue above average for the next several days here at Weather Trends Headquarters.

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Sorry folks, but chances of a White Christmas are pretty much 0 unless you're in the Rocky Mountains or in places that currently have a deep snow pack.

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The snow pack has to be fairly decent to stick around for Christmas Day as temperatures are running 10-15F above average across a large swath of the Central and Eastern U.S. ahead of Christmas. After the frigid temperatures last week, it's feeling like Spring this week with many places running +40F warmer than just a couple of days ago!

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Christmas Day is pretty quiet across the eastern half of the U.S. with above average temperatures. Still expecting a frigid -60F in Siberia while the hot spot is in Australia's Great Sandy Desert at 114F.

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We'll be fairly quiet in the U.S. through Christmas, outside of the Southwest, then we'll watch a storm developing for the weekend that could bring snow back into the forecast for parts of the Central U.S. and Upper Midwest. Until then, we wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and all the joy that the holiday season brings!