Sunday, January 8, 2017

Arctic blast from the past

So you think the weather was rough this weekend? Check out this front page of the Jackson Daily News:


Anonymous said...

Cannot read the year on the paper. What year was this?

John Dough said...

Jan. 22, 1940 - 7", plus Jan 23, 1940 - 3.5". Looks like this page is Jan. 23.

Anonymous said...

I remember in the 80's when we had highs in the teens for a few days.

Derrell Ray said...

i remember 15 inches of snow in Meridian 1963

Kingfish said...

The Red bombers over Finland should give away when it took place.

Anonymous said...

I'm 34 and remember in the 80's a lot of ice on the big water of the was frozen pretty thick. It has to be real cold for a long time to make that water freeze up.

Ron Jeremy said...

10.5 inches.


Anonymous said...

Try to find December 30/31 1963. My mother gave birth to my baby brother on the 30th. I think it was scheduled (my dad was an accountant and likely wanted the tax break before year end). Anyway, my sister and I were shipped to Grandparents house in Gulfport a day or two before. It snowed like crazy down there and I believe blanketed the entire state.

Anonymous said...

Makes the Carion Lair look bad. More news on one page than in all of today's paper.

Anonymous said...

Looks like the four-story annex planned in 1940 grew into the Woolfolk State Office Building a few years later.

Jack(son) Frost said...

Ok, as long as we're playing "I remember when... [winter weather]"...

The previously mentioned "highs in the teens" for however many days was either late December 1983 or early January 1984 (I'm thinking the former). I think that's the time the Reservoir froze over all the way to the spillway, but that could be later or even could have happened a few times. There was no snow or even ice that I remember, just damn cold!

Sometime in the early 1980's, like winters of 1980/81 or 81/82, we had the last really significant snow fall I remember in Jackson. Don't remember exactly how much, I guess not 10.5", but maybe 8-9". After was bitter cold and froze a lot of exposed pipes, hung around a few days.

Then there was sometime in the mid 80's when we had an ice storm similar to this past weekend, only it started with freezing rain that took down a lot of limbs and small trees. Also bitter cold after. Maybe this was the time the Rez froze over that I was thinking about earlier? Must be as thinking about it now I remember driving across the Spillway with a toddler in the back, going to see some friends in Rankin County with toddlers of their own.

Anonymous said...

True, 1:54. My parents used to get the Clarion Ledger in the morning and the Jackson Daily news in the afternoon. That was back in the day of true newspaper reporters/journalists who actually worked on acquiring news and writing stories. Unlike today, where they report what other news outlets have reported. The worst is receiving yesterday's news - i.e. getting a 2nd paper on Wednesday before Thanksgiving or the day before Christmas with tomorrow's date.

Kingfish said...

I've wondered if the newspaper should go back to an afternoon edition. Given the internet, would it allow them to stay closer to the news cycle?

Anonymous said...

printed news is dead

"We" don't want news anymore. "We" want headlines and snippets. Better yet, we want partially obfuscated facts mixed with outlandish claims and buttered with personal scandal.... all in about a 140 character chirp

Anonymous said...

We used to get both the Clarion Liar and the Jackson Daily. The Daily just lost substance, for whatever reason, much like the Liar has in the internet age.

The big ice storm was in the early 90's. Something like 20% of Mississippi was without power.

That was not the same as the deep freeze in the 80's. There was one year it got into the single digits and stayed below freezing a few days. Our ponds and lakes froze over enough that you could ice skate on them

I think we got 8" in Jackson in the early 80's. It was ice covered snow. Once traffic moved over the snow and packed it, the ice made little hills nearly impossible to traverse.

Jack(son Frost said...

3:42, wasn't that " big ice storm was in the early 90's" only in north MS, from the Delta across to Tupelo and beyond? It wasn't that cold, just enough to make freezing rain, and it didn't affect central MS at all as I remember. (Then again, my memory ain't what it once was!)

Anonymous said...

Anyone see the story about the robber being caught by his footprints in the snow? Classic!

Kingfish said...

90 or so there was a huge ice storm that knocked out power for several days. Then in 96 or so there was another one. Rez damn near froze over. It did freeze one time at Christmas back in the 90's though.

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