Thursday, December 11, 2008

Houston, We Have, Uh, Snow??

What is this?

This is snow in Houston! Yesterday it really snowed in here. As I took the dogs outside in the afternoon, we were pelted by falling snow. The dogs looked around and sniffed at it as it briefly lay on the ground. Where we live in the northwest side of Harris county we got just enough to put a light coat on cars, roofs and mailboxes. But it really did not cover the ground at all. Other parts of the area, mostly in the east to southeast part of the county got as much as 3 inches. Snowfall totals varied from 1/2 inch to 3 inches.

Of course this morning traffic is a nightmare due to the icy bridges and roads. Let's face it, we're not used to this. Police have closed some roads and overpasses and bridges due to the conditions. At least Jimmy does not have to go across town today like he did yesterday.

It was fun for us who rarely see snow. But by this afternoon the sun will have melted it all away. By the end of the week the temperatures will be back into the mid 70's. No wonder people around here say if you don't like the weather here, wait a minute, it will change.

There was a discussion about weather patterns by the local weather people. The last time it snowed here was 4 years ago at Christmas.According to the weather patterns of the last few years when a hurricane came through here or near here, we had snow during the winter. In 1983 Hurricane Alicia hit around here and it snowed several times during the winter. It snowed in December of 1989 after Hurricane Jerry hit in the summer. Maybe there are some weather patterns which would show snow after a hurricane but nothing really scientific.

Some of Jimmy's poker buddies who live in snow prone areas of the north were complaining about it just the other day. Funny, that was the same day I said that I would like to see a little bit once in a while. Nice for a while, till people have to drive in it. Well, I guess this is our snow for a while. On the other hand, if we have to have a hurricane just to get some snow, I would rather not have the hurricane.


Anonymous said... come it's snowing EVERYWHERE in texas but where I live. stupid weather.

Dr.John said...

I hope the snow doesn't mean you'll get a hurricane. I wish our snow would go away but it won't until March.

Duez said...

That is really interesting about the Hurricanes. If it is true... I'd rather go without the snow!

All I can say is (being a native from Pittsburgh) is that it was REAL snow this week. And I'm still schocked by it. It's done a little 'sleeting' before but never REAL, packable, snowball making snow. Very cool.

Grimm said...

You think maybe, just maybe, you could send some that 70 degree heat up here? It's freaking COLD.

It's only fair - we sent some of our snow.

It's called sharing! C'mon get in the holiday spirit before my toes fall off.

cube said...

Sorry to hear about your snow. We just ended a five day cool snap and are back to shorts-wearing weather.