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Commiserating with you who are in the Northeast

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Click for as much clarity as you can expect from a snowfall.

Click for greater clarity, even in a snowfall.

There’s a blizzard in the Northeast (of the United States) now, and some of you are in the midst of it. I’ll commiserate with you by posting this picture from February 23, 2010, one of those rare days when we had snow in central Texas. It fell for only a couple of hours, and it melted after just a few more, but while it was coming down I drove from place to place in the Northwest (of Austin) and took advantage of the chance for pictures of falling snow.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 9, 2013 at 12:02 AM

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  1. That must be quite special when it doesn’t happen so often. I know how excited I get when the first snow falls here!


    February 9, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    • You’re right: it is special here because of its rarity. In the 36 years that I’ve lived in Austin, we’ve typically gotten a trace of snow only once every five years on average. That’s why we were surprised when the snow of 2010 was followed by snow in 2011, and the unusually cold weather that brought it also ensured that it stayed on the ground for a day or two, which was the real rarity. That unusual event was a prelude to the great drought that soon followed.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 9, 2013 at 6:31 AM

  2. So glad that snow is not upon us. I hate that it is happening to the Northeast. So much to deal with. I like your snow scene. Actually quite pretty.


    February 9, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    • Although I don’t like the cold, I relish our rare snow and ice storms for their picture opportunities. They’re something different from my usual fare.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 9, 2013 at 6:35 AM

  3. Other people’s snow is always pretty.

    Marvin Smith

    February 9, 2013 at 4:27 AM

    • Well said, and your words immediately inspired this corollary:

      Other people’s money is easily spent.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 9, 2013 at 6:36 AM

  4. I remember the snow of 2011, it was right after I moved here.

    Alex Autin

    February 9, 2013 at 6:39 AM

    • I didn’t realize that even 80 miles south of Austin you got snow too. I hope it was a happy welcome to San Antonio for you.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 9, 2013 at 6:43 AM

  5. 2010 is when we got 10 inches of snowfall here in NE TX and it stayed on the ground for a couple of days. pretty unique.


    February 9, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    • Hope you had fun playing in the snow. I’ll let readers know that snow is more common and heavier in northern parts of Texas than it is in Austin. This is such a large state that local climates within it can vary quite a bit (but the one thing they have in common is that they’re all hot in summer).

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 9, 2013 at 9:26 AM

  6. So far we have about 12 inches of snow since yesterday here in Webster. Gotta go dig out now.


    February 9, 2013 at 9:45 AM

  7. My daughter said you had to suffer through temperatures in the 60’s, I feel so bad for you lol!

    Bonnie Michelle

    February 9, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    • And it was noticeably warmer than that a couple of afternoons ago. More on the temperature and its consequences next time.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 9, 2013 at 3:58 PM

  8. Such a lovely photo – I can feel my snow envy rising. Down here on the coast, there still are breathless references to the Christmas Miracle of 2004, that marvelous storm that dumped snow all the way down to Corpus. It was a great day to play on the beach at Galveston .

    And for historical perspective, 1895 Houston got thirty inches of the white stuff – and survived!


    February 9, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    • Now that’s a good phrase, snow envy, but you had the Christmas miracle that we didn’t share in the center of the state. As for Houston in 1895, I’d never seen a picture of that or even heard of it and am flabbergasted. Where’s my time machine when I need it?

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 9, 2013 at 5:03 PM

  9. That brings back some memories!

    We had similar conditions in Dec 2009. Best snow I ever saw in my whole life living in Houston, two inch flakes, much like in your photo there. My kids were all out in it in their bare feet and crocs, ’cause we don’t ever wear socks here — even in the dead of winter (like now, I’m still in flip-flops).

    Thanks for sharing that. 🙂


    February 9, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    • You’re welcome. I’d forgotten how many pictures of snow I took that day, so I’m happy to have rediscovered them and to have brought one out into the light. Austin and the coast are only about 200 miles apart, so I’m surprised to hear about snow happening here and there in different years (compare the comment by shoreacres that preceded yours). In any case, 2009 sounds like it was a great experience for your family. Maybe sometime you can take a winter field trip to the north and see “the real thing.”

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 9, 2013 at 8:41 PM

      • Wow! I hadn’t heard of 1895 and will have to look that one up. It really was a superb snowfall for our area, big fat flakes flurrying around. Scott had a rare day off and the kids were in school, so we went for a drive and shot video and tons of still shots around some of our favorite spots. Kids remember it for Roscoe the snowman, RIP.

        Perhaps I should also reminisce-post about it.


        February 10, 2013 at 9:21 AM

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