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This is Texas-It's not suppose to get cold in Texas?

Updated on March 18, 2010

When It Freezes-The Whole Town Freezes Too

Artic Blast in South Texas? Say What? No Way!

Who knew that there was actually cold weather in San Antonio? Forecasters are saying, San Antonio is expected to drop into the low 20’s, while the Hill Country is expected to be in the teens. They are calling this the Artic Blast 2010. For people in Southern Texas, heat is the norm, artic winds from up north dropping temperatures dramatically-we don’t have the same know how to deal with.

We just had a horribly hot summer, breaking records of how many days we hit temperatures over 100. Besides being hot-it was exceptionally dry. Medina Lake in Pipe Creek/ Mico Texas is 38 feet low, even after the storms and showers that we received in the fall.

Go figure, this wacky weather would continue through the 'winter' months and bring us an Artic Blast-blazing through, with winds up to 40mph. This is Texas-Texans don’t know what to do when it is this cold. We don’t go outside, we don’t even consider going to work, and if we did consider work, we couldn’t get there, because the entire city shuts down. We don’t know how to drive on ice or snow, do not own a set of snow tires, don't own heavy winter coats, but we are Texans and we deal, so what we do is this;

  • We sit inside our homes-attempt to remember the stories grandpa use to tell us about starting a fire in a fireplace-but end up Goggling it because we cant figure it out and have already filled the entire house up with smoke.
  • We sit around complaining about how darn cold it is outside.
  • We buy out every hardware store within 200 miles of de-icer/ rock salt or anything else that looks like it may help us- just in case we MUST go outside.
  • We pile on layer upon layer of clothing-until we can barely move-then remember we are inside at home, and we do have a heater, we just aren’t sure if it works.
  • We think about taking the kids out but cant even if we wanted to-because every road from here to anywhere is closed (like I said Texans don’t drive in Ice or Snow).
  • We stand inside our homes at our windows with our camera’s in-hand, snapping photos of the unfamiliar sites that an actual winter offers but don’t dare to actually go exploring (way too cold for us).
  • We speak of warmer days as if we are going to be leaving for heaven tomorrow and need to remember the good times we had in this now frigid state.
  • If it snows in the middle of the night, everyone in the area will be sleep deprived from waking up at 2am to witness the historic event (which will now be talked about every year; 'How we survived the ‘Artic Blast of 2010')…
  • Finally, what does San Antonio, Texas do when it gets cold? Not a damn thing, except watch the News and if the News is taking a break-we watch the Weather Channel.

This is Texas-We don’t know nuttin' bout no Snow Tires or Snowball Fights…

(Good thing I'm from New Jersey-I love this weather!)


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    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Lone Star State

      Thanks Peggy- lol, they say the same thing every time it gets cold- but you are right...this year has been worse. In SA, one day it was 77 the next 19... crazy weather!

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      And I thought you were writing about THIS YEAR of 2011 when I started reading this! Rolling blackouts...frigid weather...cities coming to a halt because of icy roads, etc. this year! Weather statistic heard on our local TV channel in Houston yesterday was that from the years 2000 to 2010 there were only 3 days recorded in the 20's. We have now had 7 days this year and more predicted. Yes...the weather is changing in Texas and not for the better. Our poor tropical plants! The nursery people are probably smiling in anticipation of Spring purchases.

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Lone Star State

      Thanks Habee for commenting- That is what I was saying-then this afternoon-felt like spring! Texas Weather is crazy :)

      hc porter

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      I'm in South GA, and it was 18 here yesterday morning! Hurry, summer!

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Lone Star State


      Thanks for reading. Last night it got down to 11 degrees where I live, and that was a little too much for us. Because of the frigid temperatures and strain on the electric company in this small town-we are experiencing power outage and our pipes actually froze and broke last night (and we left them dripping!) With all that said, I may need to re-think this whole 'I Love Winter' perspective of mine...LOL

      Thanks for the comment

      hc porter

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      8 years ago

      I wish I could like winter, but, I hate it and always have. I grew up and spent most of my life in the mountains up north, so, I have seen many snowstorms and have felt like I would freeze to death. Now that I live in NC, I don't think I will freeze to death, I know I will. :-)

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Lone Star State

      Thanks Veronica-

      Thats what we are doing-have the heater on, fire burning and the kids in blanket sleepers for the first time :) thanks for your comment!

      hc porter

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      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      And I thought it was cold down here in Georgia, I'm not complaining anymore. Try to stay warm!


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