Merry...Not so Merry... Christmas
POSTED: Wednesday, December 25, 2013 - 5:05pm
UPDATED: Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 6:50am
Christmas weather throughout history
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — Merry Christmas everyone!
I hope Santa was able to get everyone everything you wished for!
I think I am more of a grinch when it comes to these kinds of holidays. I have gotten into this negative mood lately about not liking the holiday season... its all the gift shopping, and the gift giving... and not liking your present so you have to stand in line for hours just to find out your present in not returnable.
Anyway, I am not the only one in the grinch spirit. It apears as if Mother Nature has had her grinch moments on Christmas throughout the years in Brownsville.
This year, Mother Nature cut us a break and granted us a warm and yet wet Christmas, which in my opinion, some kind of weather is better than no weather on any given day. (That's probably my inner grinch talking.)
But I bet everyone remembers Christmas in 2004. It rhymes with No.... That's right snow!!! The Valley got to see snow for the first time in decades if not centuries!
Brownsville saw 1.5 inches of snow that day, McAllen saw 3.5 inches, but the winner for the snow amount in the Valley was Brazoria with 13 inches of snow!! (Wow! And I thought it was impossible to see snow on the coast!)
Mother Nature isn't at all fair. Where I am from, we hardly ever see any kind of precipitation, (expect for this year when El Paso had it's flood since 2006) Let alone snow!
It's still incredible! Palm trees filled with snow, who would have ever imagined!
But like I said, sometimes Mother Nature can be just flat out rude. In the 1980's the Valley saw a freeze that swept through the region and decimated the citrus crop, and destroyed most of the tall Washingtonian palms.
According to the National Weather Service, the 1983 freeze was centered on Christmas Day.
This was the time when temperatures failed to rise above 30°F, featuring temperatures falling below freezing around daybreak on Christmas Eve and bottoming out in the teens on Christmas morning.
The 1989 freeze was centered on December 23nd, with the cold continuing well into Christmas Eve Day and ending with one more sub freezing morning on the 25th.
But here we are in 2013, and Mother Nature is granting us our Christmas wish! Beautiful weather for the Valley this Christmas. A few light showers throughout the day with more presistent showers on the 26th!
Merry Christmas everyone! Be safe today!