Revisiting the Gulf Coast Snowstorm of February 1895
Matt Lanza, Space City Weather, Houston, TX
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Abstract
The impressive winter of 1894-95 was capped off by an extraordinary Gulf Coast snow event from Texas through Florida on February 13-15, 1895. This storm established numerous snowfall records that still stand today, including the accepted Louisiana state record snowfall of 24" measured in Rayne. Numerous short articles and retrospectives have been written about the impacts of this storm. A more thorough discussion would be beneficial, given the significant socioeconomic disruption and impact a similar storm would have in the present-day. Drawing on historical weather maps, photographs, and numerous newspaper accounts, this presentation will piece together the meteorological setup that led to the storm and discuss some of the impacts from that period.