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The people of Hillsboro, an hour south of Fort Worth, awoke on December 21, 1929 to a sight not often seen in the Lone Star State: snowflakes raced toward the ground, piling up, piling up, and reaching historic ones Heights with every drop. In the days before the blizzard, temperatures in the area had steadily reached 60 to 70 degrees, but then a cold front blew in. That evening, 26 inches of snow rose from the ground, setting the state record for the most snow in a 24 hour period.
The Hillsboro Mirror reported that day, “The snowfall has been constant and there are few drifts – traffic is a big problem – kids will have plenty of time.” Who could blame them? Anyone who grew up in this state – other than panhandlers – knows that heavy snowfall is rare.
The March 1930 issue of the American Meteorological Society’s monthly weather report states: “While heavy snow sometimes occurs in the south, due to the mixing of cold air with warm, humid Gulf air, 4 to 8 inches is usually a very severe fall for a period of 24 hours. “The rather unexpected deluge in Hillsboro offers a glimmer of hope for our year, which was one of the hottest, if not the hottest, on planet Earth. We keep our fingers crossed for a white Christmas – but this year we’re sticking to 4 to 8 inches.
-23 ° F.
State record for the coldest temperature, recorded one morning in Tulia in February 1899
Texas average number of days per year with a maximum of 32 degrees or less from 2010 to 2014
Population of Snow Hill, north of Dallas, from 1940 to 2000
For snow you can play with, try mixing five parts of baking soda with one part of white hair conditioner or shaving cream.
For snow to eat, try making cotton candy. Most recipes call for sugar, corn syrup, water, and salt.
Realistic snow is a little harder to come by, but filling a pressure washer with freezing water can do the trick.
by Cynthia Drake
December 7th to 8th, 2017
A winter mix combined with a strong cold front crept through south and central Texas, depositing an inch of snow in Corpus Christi and an inch in Victoria.
December 26-28, 2015
A blizzard in west Texas covered almost half of the state in snow and devastated the cattle and dairy farms in the panhandle.
February 23 to 24, 2010
A lot of snow fell in the towns east of I-35.
February 11-12, 2010
Several inches of snow covered the northern half of the state.
December 24th to 25th, 2009
In many areas between Dallas and Lubbock, over three feet of snow fell.
December 24-25, 2004
The Victoria Christmas snow storm produced 12.5 inches of snow.
In the Rio Grande Valley, where the characteristic plants are citrus, a rare frost can be catastrophic for industry. According to a 2008 report from Texas A&M University, farmers can use methods like wrapping plants in insulation, installing orchard heaters, and moving to alternative irrigation methods to protect their crops – but none of them are foolproof. During the December 1989 frost that stretched down into the valley, the insides of the grapefruit froze below freezing during the day, ruining much of the rest of the year’s crop and causing a loss of $ 60 million. It takes at least three years for an orchard to recover from such a frost, the last of which occurred in 2011.
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