Snow in New Orleans…

 

 

I was born and raised in this great city.  As the whole world knows, this city has many wonderful attributes, great food, great music, Mardi Gras and Jazzfest.  What we do not have is a winter wonderland! Snow in New Orleans is quite rare.  Of course if you live in the deep south, you are not looking to snow covered banquets.  Most of us watch the weather and despair at the images of people covered in winter garments head to toe pushing shovels to get snow off their property.  This week we saw New Yorkers slipping and sliding all over the place…we, on the other hand, rarely see snow in New Orleans, or really cold weather for that matter.  I personally like it that way.

When I hear people brag about having four distinct seasons where they live, that is: Winter Spring Summer and Fall.  Although in Louisiana the four seasons are affected by the weather, we define them differently.

For us the seasons are:

ü  Crab

ü  Oyster

ü  Crawfish

ü  Shrimp seasons!

This cold weather we have been experiencing these last few days is very unusual for us.  During the winter months, New Orleans might experience one or two cold days, but rarely more than that.  Cold days for us mean, cover your plants and your water pipes and protect your pets. That is the drill here when it gets cold.

 

But as rarely as it might be, from time to time we get snow in New Orleans and surrounding areas.

 

 

Here are a few recent examples:

 A small amount of snow fell on Christmas Eve 2004 and again on Christmas Day which blanketed the city with a rain, sleet, and snow that fell on the city, leaving some bridges icy.

Before that, the last White Christmas was in 1964 and brought 4.5 inches (11 cm). There was actually snow in New Orleans that winter, on Christmas Eve nonetheless

There was Snow in New Orleans again on December 22, 1989, when most of the city received 1–2 inches (2.5–5.1 cm).

The last significant snow in New Orleans was the morning of December 11, 2008.

 

Last night was cold here, these last few days have also been colder than usual, so if you are reading this somewhere up north and you are freezing your buns off….come on down.  In New Orleans cold the cold weather will be gone in a day or two….

After looking at tonights forecast, I noticed theres a chance of snow in New Orleans tonight. Snowballs anyone?