“Winter Event”

That’s what they’re calling the weather we’re apparently about to get: sleet, rain, freezing rain, maybe a little snow up north. I’m sure that whatever falls, it will be a hot mess on the roads tomorrow morning, but it’s not what I think of when I hear “winter event.”

This is a “winter event.” January, 1973:

Snow January 1973Snow January 1973 Sid

Looks like fun.

Bonus: It snowed pretty hard in January of 1949 too.

Snow Jan1949 3

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14 Responses to “Winter Event”

  1. Leoguy says:

    I remember the snow in 1973.

  2. Bill Peebles '70 says:

    Didn’t it snow twice in 1973?

  3. DMorris says:

    ’73 was the first time I ever saw snow (age 9). There was not a lot of it on the ground where I lived, so I was only able to make a snowbaby.

  4. effegee says:

    January ’73 was first snow in the city center since February 1960 (Friday the 12th IIRC).

  5. mjthannisch says:

    I am afraid with all the hype, when a real winter event happens, no one will believe it. Pasadena closed down schools for this morning.

  6. mjthannisch says:

    I remember 1960 and 1973. In 196- Houston bought a snow plough. Could it be they were predicting global cooling back then. I know they were by 1968 because our science teacher at Dick Dowling Jr. High really pushed it, and how Galveston Bay would dry up because all the water would be locked in glaciers. 🙂

  7. Richard Miller (Hanszen '75 & '76) says:

    I remember that. As I recall a bunch of people got on the roof of Sid and launched snowballs onto cars below on Main Street using waterballoon catapults

  8. I remember the ’73 snow very clearly. It was very deep down in Lake Jackson, and, yes it snowed twice down there. It also snowed at Rice in ’83 or ’84 on a Monday, Wednesday, or Friday afternoon. I remember snowball fights at orchestra rehearsal break. I think we had a little snow in early ’88; I remember seeing it from my fiancee’s apartment. She may not have quite officially been my fiancee back then, but there was a little snow anyway.

    • James Medford says:

      It snowed January 13, 1982. I know this because there’s a photo in the 1982 Campanile of Jon Jordan wearing a t-shirt that says “I survived the Houston blizzard of 1982” on the front, and has the date on the back. That was a Wednesday.

  9. Barney L. McCoy says:

    I was living in Dickinson in 73, where it snowed twice. In one, we got about 4-5 inches and it stayed on the ground for 3 days. My sons were 4 and 6, and had a ball playing in the snow, building a snowman and making “angels” in the snow. The 82 snow was special because it snowed on my birthday and froze the kitchen pipes. Incidentally, there used to be a photo hanging on the wall of the old Galveston County Courthouse just outside the County Judge’s office showing Galveston Bay frozen over. Unfortunately, I can’t remember the year the photo was taken.
    Barney L. McCoy, Hanszen 67

  10. Martin Sosland says:

    I have two enduring memories of the January ’73 winter event. One is showing up for my 8 am organic chemistry class only to be dismissed by Dr. Richter to “go play in the snow.” To our knowledge, a first, but perhaps he did the same in 1949. The other is my roommate Joe Crites, from Ishpeming, MI, walking across campus in t-shirt, shorts and sandals, to demonstrate it wasn’t really so cold.
    Martin Sosland, Lovett ’75

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