Those Places Thursday: Record Snowfall in Houston, February 1960

Today is “Those Places Thursday” and this blogging prompt gives me a chance to reminiscence about how and where my family lived and to write about “those places” via stories and/or photos. Ask anyone what is the first word that comes to mind when they hear the words Houston, Texas and I guarantee the word “snow” isn’t one of them. Well believe it or not, it does snow in Houston, Texas (record snowfall in fact) from time to time and I have proof — LOL!

According to the Examiner.com’s December 4, 2009 article by Marie Brannon, “Some historic snowfalls in Houston, Texas,” on Valentine’s Day in 1895, “a whopping twenty-inches of snow” covered the city of Houston making it the “all time” highest amount of snow to fall upon the Bayou city. [1]

The next heaviest snowfall recorded for Houston came 65 years later when 4.5 inches of snow fell on February 12, 1960! I was just 5 months old and missed out on all the fun when this special winter-wonderland blanketed the city. But some of my favorite photos of my brothers are of them enjoying this rare winter treat!

Snowfall, February 1960

Jon (left) and Elgin (right) are seeing snow for the very first time outside of our home at 4314 Stonewall Street, Greater 5th Ward, Houston, TX.

Playing in the Snow, February 1960

Elgin (left) and Jon (right) trying to keep warm as they figure out what they’ll do next in the snow!

Snowman, February 1960

So what did they do next? They did what all kids do when they have that much snow all around — build a snowman and placed a snazzy chapeau upon his head!

Snowball Fight, February 1960

A snowball fight with neighborhood friends (Carrie Ann Flakes and her friend) was a perfect ending to a wonderful day in the snow!

Winter Wonderland, February 1960

Mr. Snowman is left to stand watch as the evening sun goes down on a wonderful day of fun in Houston’s rare snow!

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Source Citation:

1. Brannon, M. (2009, December 09). Some historic snowfall in Houston, Texas. Examiner.com. Retrieved February 14, 2013, from http://www.examiner.com/article/some-historic-snowfalls-houston-texas

4 thoughts on “Those Places Thursday: Record Snowfall in Houston, February 1960

  1. Never would have imagined snow in Houston. And 20 inches! That must have shut down the city. Love the pics of your brothers, who know right away what to do with snow. I grew up in NC, and snow was so rare we all went nuts the half-dozen times we got some. Traffic came to a stop in 2 inches of snow.

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    • Hey @6b0c520a79b761cad1ebd94cc1e36588:disqus! Oh it definitely shut this city completely down. Come to think of it . . . my brothers were 10 and 7 at the time and if they were home playing in it, they were probably out of school that day. Going nuts sounds just about how everyone here behaves when we are blessed to see snow in our city!

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  2. Liv

    I had to take a double take Snow in Houston,

    Hey Houston we got a problem called “Global Warming” in 1960. Love those pictures, your brothers look well
    prepared for a fun fill day. Snowman and all.

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    • Shelley @minkyadoo, I can certainly understand your double take on this one! I did a double take myself when I saw these photos too — LOL! Yep, some Global Warming was definitely going on somewhere to cause all that snow in Houston back then. All I know is that I was too “wittle” to play it with them –boo-hoo-hoo!

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