♫ I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas… ♪

While Irving Berlin may have been the one to write that famous song, it was Bing Crosby’s performance of it that made it famous back in the early 1940s. The song, along with the warm and sentimental images it conjures for many, has become a Christmas classic. For many people, a Christmas without snow just doesn’t feel like Christmas.

People who dream of a white Christmas are nearly sure to have their dreams come true here in the Red River Valley. While last year didn’t deliver, most years do. In fact, the National Weather Service (NWS) in Grand Forks reports on its website that Fargo has about an 84 percent chance of seeing a white Christmas in any given year. Those odds increase to around 90 percent for Grand Forks.

Photo courtesy http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php?wfo=fgf&storyid=89927&source=0

We can pretty much take a white Christmas for granted in our part of the world, but for many of our friends down south a white Christmas is little more than a dream. Dreams can come true though, and that’s exactly what happened for the people of Brownsville, Texas on Christmas of 2004.

Photo courtesy http://www.srh.noaa.gov/bro/?n=2004event_christmasreport

Snow is nothing unusual for some parts of Texas, but in Brownsville it is truly something special. You see, Brownsville is located at the southernmost point of Texas, surrounded on three sides by Mexico. Palm trees and tropical plants abound and the weather is warm – if not downright hot – most of the time. According to the NWS office located in Brownsville, the Christmas 2004 snowfall was the first measurable snowfall received in that area in nearly 110 years. The fact that it happened on Christmas made it just that much more special for many who never imagined they would ever see a white Christmas.

Photo courtesy http://www.srh.noaa.gov/bro/?n=2004event_christmasreport

While accumulations were small and short-lived, having a white Christmas in Brownsville was nothing short of amazing. It was truly a once in a lifetime event!

Mike Lanciki

Photo by Eric Barron – found at http://www.mahpro.com/xmassnow/brownsville.htm

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