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Walt's Look Around: Snow

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Well, we have had the elongated cold visit us again this winter. And, as before, it has stayed around long enough this time to change our normal winter rains into ice and snow. Well, we have had the elongated cold visit us again this winter. And, as before, it has stayed around long enough this time to change our normal winter rains into ice and snow.
And, as with every Mississippi snow, in a few days it will be up to 70 degrees again and all of this will melt into memory. And, as with every Mississippi snow, in a few days it will be up to 70 degrees again and all of this will melt into memory.
My brother Dave in Gulfport shot his sleet-covered yard and ice covered bird feeder. Is he subliminally saying this weather is for the birds? My brother Dave in Gulfport shot his sleet-covered yard and ice covered bird feeder. Is he subliminally saying this weather is for the birds?
It's wonderful we live in a place where snow is uncommon enough to make news, and uncommon enough to add another dimension to the things we see everyday. It's wonderful we live in a place where snow is uncommon enough to make news, and uncommon enough to add another dimension to the things we see everyday.
And the golf course turns into a sled run upon which to set new world records for downhill sliding. And the golf course turns into a sled run upon which to set new world records for downhill sliding.

It's wonderful we live in a place where snow is uncommon enough to make news, and uncommon enough to add another dimension to the things we see everyday.

We have these elongated cold spells now and again, and have been having them for a while. They pop up in the explorer's accounts of colonial Mississippi.

Although there are records of tropical parakeets living here at that time, there is also an account of Native Americans having to step in and rescue an ill prepared band of European explorers from a surprise blizzard up on the bluffs overlooking the Yazoo River way back when.

I don't know they would have referred to the cold weather as a polar vortex back in those days. But, like the Weather Channel, I bet they had a name for the cold snap. But it probably couldn't be said in public.

Well, we have had the elongated cold visit us again this winter. And, as before, it has stayed around long enough this time to change our normal winter rains into ice and snow.

The cold settled over the entire state, but the snow and ice just over the southern part where the moisture and the frigid weather overlapped. But it was pond freezing cold up north, like here at Prairie Wildlife out east of West Point this week.

Way down south it was mostly ice. My brother Dave in Gulfport shot his sleet-covered yard and ice covered bird feeder. Is he subliminally saying this weather is for the birds?

Judy Harper emailed me these shots of her hometown, showing that Hot Coffee was anything BUT hot this week.

Natchez got a good bit of snow again. Gayle Anders Facebooked me this shot of her great nephew in Natchez.

When it snows, the kids can, not only go play out IN the yard, they can play WITH the yard. And the golf course turns into a sled run upon which to set new world records for downhill sliding. Can't do this as well when it only rains, as it does here in most winters.

And, as with every Mississippi snow, in a few days it will be up to 70 degrees again and all of this will melt into memory. But what we will remember are some of the sights we get to see only when the cold air and the moist southern breezes meet and dust our Southland with what we get only rarely enough here to consider it a treat.

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