Saturday, December 9, 2017

Saturday Evening Post for December 9th, 2017: The Southern Snows Edition

**This entry was posted December 9th, 2017.**

Finn enjoying his first-ever snow.

Chris sent me this picture. It was taken near where he lives just north of Atlanta, Ga. More on the Southern snowfall below.

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Just a brief update on our first snowfall of the season ...

In a word, underwhelming for the Baltimore/Washington area, but given that I have plans tonight to attend a house party up in White Oak (Maryland) and then have plans with Damon tomorrow to walk down to Washington Harbour in Georgetown, I'm actually relieved.

View from my apartment overlooking New Hampshire Ave by 16th and U Streets NW, Washington, D.C., 1:20PM December 9, 2017.

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Of note, the last time I was to see Damon, it was interrupted by a wild snowsquall -- and that was nearly two years ago. Now that he is married with two young sons, I basically never see him (yet he is one of the few people from that whole crowd of friends I had 3+ years ago with whom I've remained friends).

When all is said and done, National Airport (KDCA) will probably end up with 0.2 to 0.4 inches of snow and not much different at KIAD and KBWI.

The bigger -- indeed, historic -- story is the snowfall this system left in unusual places across the Southern United States stretching from Brownsville, Texas to the north Georgia mountains. Amounts ranged from a trace to a foot (in places that rarely get any).

The pictures of the Texas snowfall that follows are taken from this CWG entry (link embedded): See how this early winter storm coated the South in a rare snow.

A snowman in Brownsville, Texas made by someone with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Dec. 8, 2017.

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Brownsville, Texas officially (KBRO) had 0.3 inches of snow, obviously a daily record while Harlingen Int'l Airport (KHRL) had 1.0 inch. Corpus Christi also had 1.0 inch officially (KCRP) while Victoria, Texas (KVCR) had 2.0 inches and Laredo Int'l Airport (KLRD) 1.3 inches.

Corpus Christie -- yes, Corpus Christie, Texas -- on the morning of December 8, 2017 under a blanket of snow.

This is a very unusual scene.

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San Antonio officially recorded 1.9 inches at San Antonio Int'l Airport (KSAT) and Austin-Bergstrom Int'l Airport (KAUS) 1.3 inches. Houston Intercontinental Airport (KHOU) had 0.7 inches and Galveston (KGAL) a trace.

Traffic in an unusual heavy snowfall in Leon Springs (located in San Antonio), Texas, December 7, 2017.

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The big winner was College Station, Texas where officially at Easterwood Field Airport (KCLL) 5.0 inches fell -- which, I understand, is the second-heaviest single snowfall on record there.

Now this is a wild picture:

Snow-coated palm trees and a snowy beach along the Gulf of Mexico shoreline in South Texas, December 8, 2017.

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Places across central Mississippi had 2 to 4 to 6 inches of snow including 5.1 inches officially at Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport (KJAN). Even Hattiesburg at Hattiesburg Bobby L. Chain Municipal Airport (KHBG) had 4.1 inches of snow.

Houston, Texas on a rare snowy night, December 7, 2017.

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As for Alabama, it was snowed under with serial teenage girl sexual predator and fully Trumpified fundamentalist lunatic Roy Moore, very likely to be elected this coming Tuesday -- with pride -- by the great citizens of that state.

December 8 - 9, 2017 snowfall map for parts of Georgia sent out by the NWS Atlanta in a tweet.

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Atlanta was on the edge of accumulating snowfall with Hartsfield-Jackson Int'l Airport (KATL) officially getting 0.8 inches but places on the north side of Metro Atlanta getting 3 to 6 inches of heavy, wet snow. Farther north in the high elevations there were totals of up to 10 inches with widespread amounts of 4 to 8 inches -- making it a historic snowfall for that region, esp. in December.

OK, that's all for now. I need to get ready and go.

--Regulus

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