Texas may be no stranger to extreme weather, but it doesn’t often get snow. 2021 has broken snow records. When was the last time it snowed in Texas?
Extreme weather in Texas
Texas gets extremely cold and extremely hot weather during the course of its climatic cycle.
The highest temperature ever recorded was 120 °F (48.9 °C). This temperature occurred twice in the state, first during the 1936 North American Heatwave in Seymour, then again in 1994 in Monahans.
Meanwhile, residents of Seminole in 1933 experienced extreme cold: −23 °F (−30.6 °C).
In eastern and northern Texas, thunderstorms regularly beat the countryside. Texas experiences the most tornadoes in the United States, recording an average of 139 per year.
When was the last time it snowed in Texas?
Texas is currently experiencing Arctic temperatures and parts of the state lie under thick blankets of ice. Several areas are breaking century-old records for coldest temperatures.
However, despite its reputation for excruciating heat and arid deserts, Texas receives snowfall more often than many might expect.
In December 2017, for example, Hurricane Harvey delivered measurable snowfall in Houston.
The following year, Houston set a new record for earliest snowfall of the season: 13 November.
In northern Texas, however, the National Weather Service has not recorded any snow or ice events since February 2011. That month, during a two day weather event, as much as 7 or 8 inches of snow fell over parts of northern Texas.
Either way, it’s fair to say that snowfall is not a regular occurrence for Texans.
According to the BBC, parts of Texas hit −18 °C on Sunday, and weather warnings remain in place for the rest of the week.
In January, Spectrum Local News reported several new records for snowfall in several parts of the state.
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