Dreaming of a white Christmas?

The chance of having to shovel a driveway in Vancouver is down by 50 per cent in last 25 years.

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Dreaming of a white Christmas? Dream on.

Think it used to snow for the holidays more often when you were a kid? You're right.

Environment Canada has released figures showing the likelihood of a snowy Christmas has gone down in most cities across the country.

And that includes Vancouver, where the changes of having snow on the ground on Dec. 25 has gone from 21 per cent in 1964 to 11 per cent now.

(Of course if you hate snow, you can be thankful you don't live in Whitehorse, where the chance of a snowy Christmas has dropped from 100 per cent then to ... 100 per cent now.)

The weather agency compared average snow on the ground on Dec. 25 for two periods: the years from 1964 to 1982 (then), and the years from 1991 to 2009 (now).

Here is a summary of their findings:

  • Calgary: 74 per cent then, 47 per cent now.
  • Charlottetown: 95 per cent then, 63 per cent now.
  • Edmonton: 100 per cent then, 79 per cent now.
  • Fredericton: 84 per cent then, 58 per cent now.
  • Goose Bay, N.L.: 100 per cent then, 100 per cent now.
  • Halifax: 63 per cent then, 47 per cent now.
  • Hamilton, Ont: 63 per cent then, 63 per cent now.
  • Iqaluit: 100 per cent then, 100 per cent now.
  • Kelowna, B.C. 74 per cent then, 42 per cent now.
  • Kenora, Ont: 100 per cent then, 100 per cent now.
  • London, Ont.: 74 per cent then, 63 per cent now.
  • Moncton, N.B.: 84 per cent then, 63 per cent now.
  • Montreal: 79 per cent then, 68 per cent now.
  • Ottawa: 79 per cent then, 79 per cent now.
  • Penticton, B.C.: 37 per cent then, 21 per cent now.
  • Quebec: 100 per cent then, 95 per cent now.
  • Regina: 95 per cent then, 89 per cent now.
  • Saint John, N.B.: 65 per cent then, 41 per cent now.
  • Sarnia, Ont.: 79 per cent then, 32 per cent now.
  • Saskatoon: 100 per cent then, 89 per cent now.
  • St. John's: 53 per cent then, 63 per cent now.
  • Stephenville, N.L.: 89 per cent then, 74 per cent now.
  • Sudbury, Ont.: 100 per cent then, 89 per cent now.
  • Sydney, N.S.: 68 per cent then, 47 per cent now.
  • Thunder Bay, Ont.: 100 per cent then, 89 per cent now.
  • Timmins, Ont.: 100 per cent then, 95 per cent now.
  • Toronto (Greater Toronto Area): 63 per cent then, 42 per cent now.
  • Toronto (City)): 47 per cent then, 37 per cent now.
  • Vancouver: 21 per cent then, 11 per cent now.
  • Victoria: 16 per cent then, 11 per cent now.
  • Whitehorse: 100 per cent then, 100 per cent now.
  • Wiarton, Ont.: 84 per cent then, 79 per cent now.
  • Windsor, Ont.: 42 per cent then, 37 per cent now.
  • Winnipeg: 100 per cent then, 95 per cent now.
  • Yellowknife: 100 per cent then, 100 per cent now.

-- The Canadian Press

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