Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Sound familiar?

No April Fools joke here, but 21 years ago today, on April 1, 1988, the Texas Panhandle was hit with one of those famously freaky snowstorms.

A winter storm warning was issued the night before, and sure enough, about 1:30 a.m. Friday, April 1, the snow hit the fan. The biggest snowfall was in the northern Panhandle and Oklahoma Panhandle.

Eight to 10 inches of snow fell that Friday in Oklahoma, while Stratford was hit with nine inches. Seven inches were reported in Spearman and Dalhart, and Dumas had half a foot. In Amarillo, 2 to 3 inches of snow fell.

Interstate-40 west of Tucumcari, N.M. was closed where as much as two feet of snow fell in parts of New Mexico. Between 2,000 and 3,000 customers were without power in the area.

And, two days later, on Sunday, the high was 60 degrees and it all melted. Gee, when's the last time that happened around here?

1 comment:

KF said...

I remember the day very well !