New Orleans History -- Lake Pontchartrain
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
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The most significant cold spell of the century for the Deep South took place December 22-26, 1989. New Orleans experienced 64 consecutive hours at or below 32 degrees Fahrenheit and a total of 81 out of 82 hours below freezing. A total of 15 hours were below 15 degrees with the lowest reading of 11 degrees on the morning of the 23rd. Snow and ice covered the ground in New Orleans. Source: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/lix/images/snow89.gif

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I was wondering if anyone recalls when/how many times it snowed in New Orleans between 1973 and 1991. I seem to recall a 'big' snow in the early 80s but memory may deceive.
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1964, and also December 1989. There was a very icy winter in the early 1980s I cant remember exactly the year. I remember riding along the lakefront and the benches were covered with ice.
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I don't remember when exactly but it was before my son was born (77). People left for work. During the day it began to snow. At least a foot accumulated in most areas. Friends of mine owned a bar in Chalmette. I remember climbing out onto the flattop roof, rolling a huge snowball, hiding behind the sign, and hitting my husband with it as he walked in the place after work. The whole bar had a snowball fight inside the bar. It was great fun.
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I think it was '73, I was at UNO, In fact I think it was still LSUNO.
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My father was teaching there in '73 and it was still LSUNO. I remember the snow that year - no more than a half-inch or so, but we kids gamely played in it and tried to build snowmen.
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Late January, 1982 was the heaviest snow for over 30 years. Everything shut down except the Streetcars. Check the old TP Metro Section archives. My son and his friend built a 2ft snowman in Audubon Park which I thought was especially cute since I had just flown back from a business trip to Chicago where they were building 12ft snowmen!
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February 12, 1958--I was just looking at old pictures of it this afternoon. My brother and I made a snowball about 30 inches high. It took most of the snow in our backyard, but it was huge! We rode out to the lake, and down St. Charles Avenue and saw the beautiful yards covered with snow. Wish I could share the pix with everyone! It snowed another time on New Year's Eve 1962....we made a snowman that time.

Topic: Snow
Posted by: Cathy at Wed Jun 26 09:19:38 2002
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How many times have seen snow here in your lifetime? For me I think 4 (maybe 5). Any snow stories?

Posted by: OKYat at Sat Jun 29 07:33:49 2002
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I remember it snowed once in the late '50s when I was a preschooler. My aunt got out a shovel, had me sit on the blade and hold onto the handle and she dragged me around the yard pretending it was a sled. That lady had a great imagination and a great sense of fun.

Posted by: LakeviewGal at Wed Jun 26 21:19:40 2002
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those few times we were thrilled to see snow when we were growing up in N.O., how much I would come to hate it after living here in Canada all these years! Oh, sure, it's beautiful when it first falls, but when it just keeps falling and falling...and you have to shovel your way out of the house...it tends to lose its appeal!

Posted by: Cathy at Thu Jun 27 18:25:31 2002
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I was in Tennessee a few years ago for New Years. The snow was beautiful. What struck me was the quietness. We don't get enough snow here to cover everything long enough and deep enough to hear that quietness. It was amazing.

Posted by: LakeviewGal at Sat Jun 29 16:38:54 2002
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it is nice - a heavy snowfall muffles all the clattering sounds we live with every day in the city. But shoveling snow is hard work! We had a barrel planter in front of our house. One March when my husband was away and we had a big snowfall, I shovelled for an hour before I even hit the planter! Another January we had so much that we piled it up eight feet deep alongside the house. AND Toronto doesn't get nearly as much snow as lots of places in Canada. Growing up in N.O., I hated the heat, but I'd trade now!