Forecasting History

Severe Cold Waves on the Texas Coast

  • By I.R. Tannehill
  • Feb 16, 2021

Image from the photograph album compiled by Sergeant C. P. Devos while the Royal Flying Corps were training in their winter quarters near Fort Worth, Texas, 1917-1918

Severe cold waves on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico are infrequent but of great moment. Human habitation and dress are not here adapted to extreme cold; cattle and other livestock are inadequately sheltered from winter extremes, and tropical fruits and winter truck are subject to extensive damage and occasional total destruction from abnormally low temperatures. In economic loss and human suffering, a severe cold wave, reaching our southern and southeastern borders, ranks with the hurricane.

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