Is the Coastal Bend Trying to go from Subtropical to Sub Arctic?

Happy New Year! Well, it looks like  you made it through the holidays if you are reading this. Now we are heading into the “Dead of Winter” which is normally month of January and maybe a little into February with “normal” highs in the 60’s or 50’s F when it’s “cold”.

Our little  piece of the subtropics is trying to go sub arctic….well, at least it seems that way. This Winter has been consistently the coldest that I remember. Winter roared in way back in November, and it doesn’t seem to be letting up anytime soon. Even in November the temperatures stayed mostly 5o and below.

 Cold front approaching Corpus Christi. Photo courtesy of http://www.kztv10.com/news/

Cold front approaching Corpus Christi. Photo courtesy of http://www.kztv10.com/news

Now with the “Polar Vortex” this week, we are seeing temperatures with highs in the 30’s. Brrrr! (By the way, what the heck is a “Polar Vortex?” A frozen hurricane?) Normally Winter storms are very rare this far south with a few exceptions. Snow just doesn’t tend to happen here, but it did once back in 2004 which was a wonderful Christmas gift (or a freak of nature—however you view it) on the eve of that Christmas.

Photo courtesy of http://www.srh.noaa.gov/crp/?n=whitechristmas2004

Well, all I have to say, is bundle up for the month, and make sure you have plenty of firewood in your chiminea. Spring and all its breakers will be here soon enough! And… don’t forget that when the heat of summer is here, we may be wishing for a little sub-arctic weather to pay us a little visit.

Chimineas.
Photo courtesy of http://www.mexicanimports.co
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