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Is tomorrow April Fools Day?

  1. Dec 3, 2009 #1

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    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/6750042.html
    Houston braces for at least 2 inches of snow
    Preparations under way, and some in Houston area may even see half a foot of the white stuff

    Houston is on track Friday to break a record with the earliest snowfall ever recorded in the city's history. Forecasters are still hedging their bets, but say the most likely scenario is 1 to 2 inches of widespread snowfall beginning Friday afternoon.

    Some areas could get up to a half a foot.​

    The date on the article is Dec. 3, 2009, so nope, tomorrow is *not* April Fools.

    Dang!
     
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  3. Dec 4, 2009 #2

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    Houston averages less than .5 inches of snow per year. So 6 inches would be at least a 12 year supply of snow.
     
  4. Dec 4, 2009 #3
    Stupid global warming....
     
  5. Dec 4, 2009 #4
    Wow. There was a light dusting (by my standards, anyhow) of snow one afternoon one time when I was in Houston and half the cars on the road slid off. The people working in the building I was working in just about lost their minds in panic when they saw the snowfall. This should prove special.
     
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  6. Dec 4, 2009 #5

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    We see snow about once every four or five years. Maybe.

    Except last year. It snowed on December 10, an inch or so. Christmas 2004 some parts got three inches. The official snowfall was zero for 2004 because the airport was just north of the snow zone. The last time before that: 1994.


    I can't resist: Happy Global Warming Day!
     
  7. Dec 4, 2009 #6
    Honestly, there isn't much that can immobilize the Southern United States like a good snow.
     
  8. Dec 4, 2009 #7

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    Yep. We are collectively idiots.

    That said, our snow is dang slippery. It is raining now and getting colder. When the snow does come it will be right at freezing and the pavement will be nice and wet and cold.

    Pile on top of that the fact that we are idiots in the snow. Lots of spinning of the tires, no idea of counter steering or how to pull out of a spin, half the loons drive at 5 MPH and the other half speed out of frustration.
     
  9. Dec 4, 2009 #8

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    Our winter in the NE is a bit mild.

    I think our winter moved to Tx.

    Please return it. :biggrin:
     
  10. Dec 4, 2009 #9

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    ... and it started already! There are some very big, and very wet, globs of whiteness falling from the sky. No accumulation, of course. The globs turn into water the instant they hit the ground. The temperature is currently 35° F, and falling.
     
  11. Dec 4, 2009 #10
    It is supposed to snow in North Mississippi this Saturday. I am not afraid of the guys that drive 5 mph in the snow/ice; it's the guys who don't know to slow down that scare me. We're all driving 30 on a icy road and here comes Mr. Painfully Unaware who's driving 75 and wondering why everyone else is driving so darn slow.
     
  12. Dec 4, 2009 #11

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    Snow in Houston? I thought something was weird when snowstorms struck my home town in China in the middle of November, before any snow fell in Toronto. But 12 inches of snow in Houston definitely takes the cake!

    BTW, it STILL hasn't snowed yet in Toronto.
     
  13. Dec 4, 2009 #12

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    Other than a light dusting the day I headed to NJ after Thanksgiving, I have yet to see snow here. We should have already had a few snowfalls, but it's hard to get snow when the temperature is so abnormally warm! Why does Houston get snow before we do! :frown:
     
  14. Dec 4, 2009 #13

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    We got heavy rains and 50+ degrees yesterday morning, then the sun came out and the temps climbed to the mid-60s. Sunny again today and pushing 50 deg. It feels like early October.

    I want our old winters back - it got really cold, with stretches of zero and below-zero weather, and the dry arctic air out of Canada suppressed the snow-fall. The last couple winters have been unseasonably warm with over 10' of snow each year. Not good.
     
  15. Dec 4, 2009 #14
    Snow's hit with a vengeance here today for the first time this season. That means we have to deal with at least a week of people driving as if they've never seen snow before even though we do this each and every year. It's a phenomenon, I tell you.
     
  16. Dec 4, 2009 #15
    Granted it's Houston and they don't get much snow, but it's kind of funny they are bracing for 2 inches of snow. In Utah that probably wouldn't even be mentioned on the news.
     
  17. Dec 4, 2009 #16
    I moved from upstate NY to near Houston recently... and it's insane right now. All of the schools are shutting down early due to the chance that this rain will turn icy. Meanwhile I haven't taken the winter boots and jacket out of my trunk yet.

    I swear when I left NY at the end of June we had had 2 days of Summer (in April, no less) and the rest was cold and rainy. Now that I'm down here we've had nothing but rain, and it's currently warmer up in NY. I still prefer this to gulf coast Texas in July though...
     
  18. Dec 4, 2009 #17

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    Driving on I-45 will be a treat. :smile:
     
  19. Dec 4, 2009 #18

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    When did you move here? The weather has been quite nice for the last couple of months, the last couple of days excluded. This is abnormal, very abnormal. More often than not, Christmas Day is shirt sleeve weather.
    Yep. We have three seasons in Houston: Summer, July, and August. I've been down here for 23 years now, and I still have a tough time with July and August.
     
  20. Dec 4, 2009 #19
    Okay, there were a few good months in there after July and a cloudy stretch :smile:. I'm actually in Beaumont for now. July was quite a shock, and that ever-present sulfur smell didn't help anything when the humidity was 100% and the temperature was approaching 110.
    I was surprised, but that's what everyone down here has said. I haven't found a single person who is used to it.
     
  21. Dec 4, 2009 #20
    We officially have ice falling from the sky... lol. I thought the weather was supposed to be warmer down here. What a disappointment.

    My coworkers are starting to make some frantic phone calls to children etc.
     
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