“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”
― Lewis Carroll,
I live in Southeast Texas, about 55 miles SE of Houston and 9 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. The weather here is for the most part coastal weather. Short, mildly cold, wet winters with long, humid, hot summers. This past winter was a bit unusual, as we were given snow in early December. It doesn’t snow very often here, but it does happen. And when it happens we Texans have mixed emotions. We are happy; we feel we are witnessing some sort of miracle, a blessing of sorts, a beautiful, wonderful, white winter wonderland. On the other hand, we go into freak out mode. How will we get to work? Are the roads passable? And if so, will we know how to drive in this white stuff? Or maybe they will just shut down the city!? LOL …I can count on one hand the amount of times in my life time that it has snowed. But then I wanted to see how accurate my memory really was …so I did a little research.
- In the winter of 1973, it snowed three times, dropping 2 inches on Jan. 11, 1.4 inches on Feb. 9-10, and 1.4 inches on Feb. 17-18. I remember the snowfall on January 11 well. I was 12 years old and it was my first time to ever see snow …that I could remember anyway. It stayed on the ground most of that day. I experienced my first snow angel, built my first snowman, and had my first snowball fight!
- It snowed seven times in the 1980s with the most snow coming on Dec. 22, 1989, with 1.7 inches. When reading this information, I was a bit sceptical. Had it really snowed that many times?? I do remember the snow in 1989. My oldest son was 2 and it was his first experience with this cold, wet, white wonder. We lasted 10 minutes outside and it was too much for his little hands, even with mittens. I took lots of pictures, after all it is an event to see snow in Texas. Unfortunately, I laid the camera on the back of our truck, forgot it, and drove off losing the camera and all our snow pictures. Although I do not have my pictures, the memories remain …
The Christmas Eve Snow Storm (2004) – This one I remember, as I cried. Standing at the patio door looking out on Christmas eve. Thinking what a miracle it was that it snowed at all, much less on Christmas eve!
- The earliest snow on record was on December 4th, 2009 when Houston received 1 inch.
Here are a few pictures captured from around the county of our most recent snow. I apologize for being so late in getting this post out as it is now early Spring …yikes!
As the warm weather fast approaches, just a reminder of the many gifts of nature. Sometimes snow, sometimes even in Southeast Texas. 😉
“Close your eyes. Hear the silent snow. Listen to your soul speak.” ― A.D. Posey
“Every snowflake is unique, yet they are each perfect.”
― Donald L. Hicks,
Until next time …
Thanks for visiting!
Thanks to the Community of Brazoria County for some of the wonderful pictures.