Energy and Environment Reporting for Texas

Even the Snow’s Bigger in Texas


A snow-covered police car sits outside the Super Bowl in Dallas on February 4, 2011

It’s been an odd winter thus far for much of the country, with warmer-than-usual temperatures in the U.S. and above-average rains in parts of Texas. But what you probably didn’t know is that Texas is currently besting some typically colder climes in the snow department.

Here’s the official word from Justin Kenney, director of communications at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), who tweeted this today:

More #snow this winter in Midland TX (19.5″) than Chicago (13.9), Twin Cities (14.9), Boston (7.8) or New York (7.2).

While the panhandle is no stranger to snow, receiving about 18 inches a year on average, it must be odd for the folks in Midland. They’ve already broken their record for winter snow; the previous record was set in the winter of 1946-47 at 13.9 inches. At least they have plenty of oil to keep them warm.


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