- The Weather Channel's Christmas 2015 forecast.
Much of the United States has not only given up on its dream for a snowy Christmas, they're facing the "warmest Christmas in living memory," according to the Weather Channel.
Meteorologists are pointing to something they're calling a "blowtorch" weather pattern in the East and Midwest, prompting Christmas forecast highs in the 60s in Cincinnati; New York City; Pittsburgh; Washington, D.C.; and down the Eastern Seaboard. Atlanta is expected to hit the mid 70s on Christmas Day.
According to the Weather Channel, "widespread unseasonable warmth will return for much of Christmas week in most areas east of the Rockies."
With December halfway finished, nearly 2,000 daily record high temperatures have either been tied or broken across the lower 48 states.
- Orange and red shades indicate areas where NOAA believes temperatures this Dec. 22-26 are more likely than usual to average out within the top one-third of the historical range for those dates, compared to observations from the 1981-2010 base period.