Saturday, December 25, 2004


Would you ever expect to use the words "snow" and "palm tree" in the same sentence? The people of South Texas... from Brownsville to Corpus Christi to Galveston, have enjoyed their first white Christmas since 1918. Congratulations, y'all...accumulations ranged from 3" along the coast to 13 INCHES at some inland areas. Unbelieveable. There are some stunning photos on the local TV news station gallery, which you can access with this link. You'll want to show all your friends, because snow on palm trees is a once-in-a-lifetime picture. Just imagine the fun, building a snowman on the Gulf Coast, with palm branches for arms! Read this interesting article from a South Texas newspaper for more details and photos.

New Orleans did not get anywhere near that kind of snow, but did have flurries, light accumulations and icy roads, as reported by the Times-Picayune. The late Christmas deliveries continued, dumping nearly 6 inches on eastern Massachusetts and in the Canadian maritimes.

Where I am in State College, PA we had two ZEROS Christmas morning... it was 0 degrees F at 8 AM (an overnight low of -3) and 0 inches of snow on the ground, like the millions of other people around the east coast. Someday, around the next ice age, we'll get snow eventually.

Merry Christmas everyone, for those not wanting the cold, a brief warmup is coming next week.