It was a special Texas Gulf Coast White Christmas in 2004, when deep snow blanketed the ground
By John Toth / Editor and Publisher
Many of you remember a very special Christmas along the Texas Gulf Coast, when presents took second place to what you saw when you woke up and looked outside.
In happened 10 years ago, when the Gulf Coast was blanketed in snow. It was a miraculous event. My children had never seen snow of any amount until they awoke on Christmas Day, 1994.
They jumped out of bed early to see what Santa brought and how we, the parents, supplemented Santa’s kindness. The supplements were usually the big hits of the day. Santa was great, but our kids cashed in with the supplements.
I can’t remember which one started screaming first about the snow, but soon enough, all three were putting on warm clothes and rushing outside.
Snow? Here? Maybe a few flurries, but real snow that actually hangs around for a while and lets you do things like build snowmen and have snowball fights?
Sure, there is that shaved ice stuff at festivals the kids love, and the snow soap bubbles are a good way of generating that Christmas spirit.
But down this way, getting real snow on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day is not a good bet.
But for those of you who lived through it, the memories are imprinted in your minds. And the photos and videos are proof forever that this indeed happened. It was not just a dream.
My kids started jumping in the snow that blanketed everything. It made my old van look good again. It was a scene from Winter Wonderland.
“This is the best present of all,” my daughter said.
I wish I would have known that this was going to happen. I could have saved a lot of money by not buying all those extra gifts.
Of course, she was right. It could not be bought. It just had to happen. The Santa and parent presents just had to wait a little while longer while the kids enjoyed Mother Nature’s very special present.
They had snowball fights, built a snowman, laid down in the snow and made snow angels. But most of all, they saw and felt snow in the Gulf Coast, and it was Christmas.
The snowfall was the most significant along the Texas Gulf Coast since 1895.
There were indications a week before that it may happen. A lot of us didn’t pay much attention to reports that conditions were forming north of us that could bring snow of some sort to the coast.
According to the Internet machine, it was caused by a surface cyclone that formed in the western Gulf of Mexico on Dec. 24 and moved eastward through the Gulf.
Texas got the brunt of the snow, but the storm continued to deliver some snow to Louisiana and then paralleled the coast farther eastward before heading out to sea after passing through New England on Dec. 27, 1994.
It’s amazing how much information the Internet machine comes up with so quickly.
Victoria recorded 13 inches of snow that day, which would be a significant amount even for up north. We all got plenty, though. Even Brownsville received 1.5 inches, the first measurable snowfall there in 105 years.
People sent their photos to the newspapers, and we ran quite a few of them. We even set up a special Bulletin web page to commemorate the snow.
We still have it stored somewhere in the dark crevices of our server, and there is a good chance that it will pop up to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the great snowfall along the Texas Gulf Coast.