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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

We've been carefully monitoring the weather situation all day from our excellent vantage point here at the Information Desk. Our assessment of today's weather? Abominably, disgustingly icky! However, it could be worse. Did you know that on January 30, 1966, the temperature plummeted to -19 F in Corinth, MS? That fateful day set the record for the lowest temperature ever documented in Mississippi. Living in Mississippi, we all soon learn that snow days, or even "winter" days, are somewhat of a rare occurrence. As a child, I remember being awakened in the middle of the night just to see snow. Do you remember any of these memorable snowstorms?
  • In January of 1982, 6.3 inches of snow fell in Jackson.
  • In March of 1968, 5.3 inches fell in Jackson.
  • In December of 1997, 4.8 inches fell in Jackson.
  • In August of 2001, a trace amount of snow fell in Jackson.
Here's one more chilly fact: The greatest amount of snow to fall in one day in Mississippi happened in February of 1895. Batesville saw 15 inches within one 24 hour period!
I remember adding water to snow in order to build a snowman back in the mid-80's. The snow just wasn't wet enough to pack otherwise. That snowman lasted forever! What are your favorite (or least favorite) Mississippi snow memories?
Wood, Richard, ed. The Weather Almanac, 11th ed. Gale, 2004.


  1. We are so bummed in the Vicksburg that it did not snow. We have snow envy.

  2. I wish I could remember when it snowed in Jackson in August 2001. Was that Jackson in Alaska? Or was it a snow machine?


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