BY AARON GRAVES
Remember how much you hated being in school when there was snow on the ground? White, clean snow just begging to be sledded upon and thrown at your friends. This year, not one, but two storms transformed drought-stricken Dalhart into a winter paradise during school break, allowing adults and kids alike to frolic freely in the snow.
The first snow fell on December 25, bringing Dalhart an inch at best, which translated into only a trace of precipitation. Texline reported 2”.
The second storm rolled through early Monday, December 31. Dalhart received 3”, whereas Texline and Boise City both reported 6”. Dalhart’s second snow translated into 0.14” of moisture.
Temperatures after the first snow dropped to a low of two degrees on December 26. Our overnight lows have generally been in the teens since then. Daytime highs have been in the mid 30s to low 40s.
December 2012 ended with an average high of 53.5 degrees, an average low of 20.7 degrees, and 0.31” of precipitation. According to the Amarillo National Weather Service website, Dalhart received 6.66” of precipitation for the year, well below the average of near 18” we should get.
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