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The new year started with a bang.  Snow, sleet and ice occurred recently all over the county,  You may have experienced some or all of this weather, depending on where you live.
Local schools closed for two days. City governments
struggled to keep roads safe while recommending that
citizens stay home.
All this reminded me of 1983. That was the year
Galveston County got hit really hard by Hurricane Alicia,
followed by a very hard freeze in December.
For those of us who experienced these very severe
weather events, 1983 was an extremely unpleasant year.
It seemed as if Mother Nature really had it in for our part
of Texas.
A devastating hurricane followed by a serious cold spell
– sound familiar?
The two hurricanes, Alicia and Harvey, were very different
types of storms. Alicia was fairly dry. It produced just
five to ten inches of rain.
But what Alicia lacked in water, she more than made up
for with wind. The Category Three storm packed winds up
to 115 mph, toppling trees and light posts throughout the
county and flinging boats and appliances all over I-45.
It took days to get power restored and weeks to get
debris removed. Alicia happened 34 years ago but I still
remember it like it was yesterday.
The late 1983 December freeze was equally dramatic.
􀀬􀀃 􀁇􀁒􀁑􀂷􀁗􀀃 􀁕􀁈􀁐􀁈􀁐􀁅􀁈􀁕􀀃 􀁗􀁋􀁈􀀃 􀁈􀁛􀁄􀁆􀁗􀀃 􀁇􀁄􀁗􀁈􀀏􀀃 􀁅􀁘􀁗􀀃 􀁌􀁗􀀃 􀁚􀁄􀁖􀀃 􀁍􀁘􀁖􀁗􀀃 􀁅􀁈􀁉􀁒􀁕􀁈􀀃
Christmas. We were in New Orleans visiting family when
we heard that the Galveston-Houston area was going to
experience below freezing temperatures.
We headed home, worried that our pipes would freeze.
We discovered upon arrival at Hobby Airport that the
pipes had already frozen there.
We were lucky. A friend had protected ours, but not
everyone was as fortunate.
From Galveston to Houston, pipes froze and then burst,
causing extensive damage. By the time 1984 rolled in,
local residents were glad to see a new year.
Fast forward to 2017. On August 25 a Category Four
hurricane named Harvey made landfall near Rockport
with winds of up to 130 miles per hour.
But unlike Alicia, Harvey was a wet storm. It dumped
27 TRILLION gallons of water on Texas and flooded onethird
of Houston. The damage is estimated to be $180
billion, possibility reaching $300 billion.
And then in January 2018 we had a serious freeze. This
caused closing of freeways, beltways, causeways and
other major routes.
Government offices, courts, colleges and local schools
suspended operations. Events were canceled or postponed.
Residents were urged not to get out on the roads,
which were slick with rain and ice.
􀀤􀁑􀁇􀀃 􀁌􀁗􀂷􀁖􀀃 􀁒􀁑􀁏􀁜􀀃 􀁗􀁋􀁈􀀃 􀁗􀁋􀁌􀁕􀁇􀀃 􀁚􀁈􀁈􀁎􀀃 􀁒􀁉􀀃 􀁗􀁋􀁈􀀃 􀁑􀁈􀁚􀀃 􀁜􀁈􀁄􀁕􀀑􀀃 􀀫􀁈􀁄􀁙􀁈􀁑􀀃
forbid the groundhog should see his shadow on February
2. Someone needs to put a lid on his underground lair so
A frightened groundhog is a very scary critter!
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