This year's white Christmas outlook across the U.S. can be described as topsy-turvy.
A white Christmas is possible for portions of the Texas Panhandle but unlikely for portions of the northern Plains, where there is typically a very high chance for a white Christmas.
In fact, the chance for a white Christmas is more than 75 percent based on history, while the chance for a white Christmas in the Texas Panhandle ranges from less than 25 percent to 25 to 50 percent.
"The storm track has been pushed down into the Southwestern states, allowing cold air to come down farther south in the Rockies (this year). This has set the stage for snow events in the Texas Panhandle," according to Expert Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson.
The most recent snowstorm for the Texas Panhandle was a blizzard that struck earlier this week. The blizzard dumped a record snowfall of 7 inches in Dalhart, Texas.
The storm fizzled out and ran into much milder air as it reached heavily populated areas of the Midwest such as Chicago and Detroit.
"The northern Plains and the southern Prairies (of Canada) have generally been in a dry pattern. Storms have been missing these areas with not much precipitation falling at all," said Anderson.
The lack of stormy weather for the northern Plains is due to the "displaced storm track" to the south.
Anderson continued, "It has been mild in the Northeast with a lack of blocking. A blocking pattern would allow cold air to come into the region ahead of storms."
The ground is not frozen in the Northeast, and that is another issue that will impact whether there is a white Christmas in the region.
"Any snow that falls in the Northeast is melting more quickly because the ground is much warmer than it typically is."
The lack of sustained cold is also preventing typical heavy snow around the Great Lakes this time of the year.
Hawaii will escape the worst, but not all of Guillermo's impacts as the tropical storm passes north of the islands Wednesday through Thursday.
A line of violent thunderstorms tore across Massachusetts, including the Boston area, Tuesday afternoon.
The Northeast will catch a break from heat and humidity for the remainder of the week.
Super Typhoon Soudelor in the western Pacific Ocean will remain a powerful tropical cyclone this week eventually threatening Taiwan and eastern China.
An area of low pressure spinning off the coast of the Carolinas is attempting to obtain some tropical characteristics.
Two spectators were killed and at least another 32 people were injured Monday evening, as strong storms forced a circus tent to collapse in Lancaster, New Hampshire.
Ossian, IA (1979)
Strong winds from a thunderstorm damaged a roller rink roof 50 miles NE of Waterloo, IA. A barn was destroyed and trees and power lines were downed.
Dallas, TX (1980)
A high of 95 degrees, breaking the string of 42 consecutive days of 100 degrees or higher.
Casper, WY (1990)
A total of 0.84" of rain. The normal rainfall for all of August is 0.63".