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Q & A: White Christmas in England

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Most recent answer: 10/22/2007
Q:
why does it hardly never snow in england at christmas!!??
- jennifer (age 15)
middlesbrough england
A:
Jennifer,

As you know, England is an island at the edge of a vast ocean, the Atlantic. The Atlantic, for the most part, is quite cold. There is however a current that carries warm water from down around the Gulf of Mexico toward the north and east, coming quite close to England (and even farther up to Scandinavia). This water tends to warm the air a bit, making it unusual for the temperature in England to be cold enough for much snow to fall.

MS

(published on 10/22/2007)

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