As we reported in our first post this series, the last few years has seen snow fall in unusual places like Buenos Aires, Johannesburg, South Africa, Southern Australia, Southern China, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Jordon, Jerusalem and Greece.
Well it is happening again this year with snow in southern Australia just a few days before the start of their meteorological summer, and now snow in the southern United States in Houston and New Orleans, not only unusual but records for so early in the season.
See this Public Information Statement from the NWS in New Orleans.
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...UPDATED
Here are a few photos from the storm:
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW ORLEANS LA
1020 PM CST THU DEC 11 2008
...SNOWFALL TOTALS FOR DECEMBER 11TH 2008...
HERE ARE REPORTED SNOWFALL TOTALS FROM TODAYS UNSEASONABLE
SNOWFALL. IN MUCH OF THE AREA...THIS IS THE EARLIEST SIGNIFICANT
SNOWFALL OF THE WINTER SEASON. THESE REPORTS ARE GENERALLY FROM
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCIES...LAW ENFORCEMENT...FIRE STATIONS
AND COOPERATIVE OBSERVERS. WE THANK THESE PEOPLE FOR THEIR EFFORTS
ACCORDING TO MEDIA AND POWER COMPANY REPORTS...THERE WERE 83000
HOMES AND BUSINESSES AROUND SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA WITHOUT POWER AS OF
1130 AM DUE TO THE SNOW. NUMEROUS VEHICULAR ACCIDENTS WERE
REPORTED...SOME CAUSING EXTENDED CLOSURES AND DELAYS ON MAJOR
HIGHWAYS AND BRIDGES...ESPECIALLY FROM THE BATON ROUGE AREA TO
MOST LOCATIONS THAT RECEIVED 2 INCHES OR LESS SNOW EXPERIENCED
COMPLETE MELTING THIS AFTERNOON...WHILE AREAS WITH THE HEAVIER
SNOW AMOUNTS REPORTED SUBSTANTIAL SNOW REMAINING ON THE GROUND AS
OF THIS EVENING.
AN UNUSUALLY STRONG AND COLD UPPER LEVEL STORM SYSTEM FOR THE
GULF COAST AREA MOVED RIGHT OVER SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA AND EXTREME
SOUTH MISSISSIPPI THIS MORNING...AND THIS RESULTED IN COOLING THE
SURFACE TEMPERATURES JUST ENOUGH TO CHANGE THE MODERATE AND HEAVY
RAIN OVER TO MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW. THE HEAVIEST SNOW OCCURRED OVER
THE FLORIDA PARISHES OF EAST CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA...FROM
EAST OF BATON ROUGE TO THE PEARL RIVER...AND ALONG AND NORTH OF
AMITE TANGIPAHOA LA 8 INCHES
CROSSROADS PEARL RIVER MS 6 INCHES
HAMMOND TAHGIPAHOA LA 6 INCHES
MOUNT HERMAN WASHINGTON LA 6 INCHES
COVINGTON ST. TAMMANY LA 5-6 INCHES
ZACHARY EAST BATON ROUGE LA 5.5 INCHES
LIVINGSTON LIVINGSTON LA 5.5 INCHES
BOGALUSA WASHINGTON LA 5 INCHES
SUN ST. TAMMANY LA 5 INCHES
FRANKLINTON WASHINGTON LA 5 INCHES
GREENSBURG ST. HELENA LA 4 INCHES
ENON WASHINGTON LA 4 INCHES
NEW ROADS POINTE COUPEE LA 3 INCHES
BATON ROUGE EAST BATON ROUGE LA 3 INCHES
POPLARVILLE PEARL RIVER MS 3 INCHES
SUMMIT PIKE MS 3 INCHES
WOODVILLE WILKINSON MS 3 INCHES
TYLERTOWN WALTHALL MS 3 INCHES
MANDEVILLE ST. TAMMANY LA 2.5 INCHES
PLAQUEMINE IBERVILLE LA 2.5 INCHES
ABITA SPRINGS ST. TAMMANY LA 2 INCHES
CLINTON EAST FELICIANA LA 2 INCHES
CONVENT ST. JAMES LA 2 INCHES
PORT ALLEN WEST BATON ROUGE LA 2 INCHES
LIBERTY AMITE MS 2 INCHES
MCCOMB PIKE MS 2 INCHES
GONZALES ASCENSION LA 1.5 INCHES
NAPOLEONVILLE ASSUMPTION LA 1.5 INCHES
HAHNVILLE ST. CHARLES LA 1.5 INCHES
NEW ORLEANS ORLEANS LA 1 INCH
GRETNA JEFFERSON LA 1 INCH
LAPLACE ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST LA 1 INCH
SLIDELL ST. TAMMANY LA 1 INCH
MCNEIL PEARL RIVER MS 1 INCH
CHALMETTE ST. BERNARD LA TRACE
PICAYUNE PEARL RIVER MS TRACE
December 10th saw snow fall in Houston, the earliest snow on record. Accumulations of up to 3 inches in some areas caused problems for commuters.
Snowman in New Orleans
When the storm moved northeast it dragged warm air out ahead and that collided with shallow arctic air over the northeast resulting in a devastating ice storm that affected 6 states and put over a million people into the dark. Even four days after the storm, 400,000 were still in the dark. Though this area is not unaccustomed to snow and ice in winter, this as one of the most devastating ice storms in years. 2 to 5 inches of rain fell with temperatures near or below freezing.
WCVB photo of Berwick, Maine.
My driveway in southern New Hampshire.
My neighbors yard where trees pulled down power lines.
Snow fell this last week in Las Vegas, the first important snow in 30 years. It even snowed on the eaches of Malibu, California.
The next few weeks look to be stormy with cold entrenched across the west and northern tier and warmth in the south. The boundary will feature a series of storm with more snow, ice and for the stronger systems the threat of severe weather to the south.