According to records, Tulsa’s record amount of snowfall for a season was the winter of 2010-11 when we got an amazing 26.1 inches of snow.
A year later in the winter of 2011-12, we got the 10th least amount of snow on record with 1.7 inches.
We live in that part of the country where we have four distinct seasons. Tulsa is in the Sunbelt and it gets really hot here July and August but it doesn’t feel as bad as Houston, with its stifling humidity.
In 1958, Tulsa got the yearly record of snowfall with 29.6 inches. Not far behind was 2011, when we got 26.1 inches of snow. In 2009, we got 19.4 inches of snow.
That’s a lot of snow.
We were trapped inside for more than a week during a record snowfall several years ago. We lost electricity for a few days. We bundled up our kids and slept in the den by our gas fireplace. We cooked dinner on a camp stove and played games at night by candlelight and flashlights.
We stayed warm and cozy. We had plenty of food in the pantry. I remember going to the grocery the night before the storm hit to pick up a few last-minute items. All the shopping carts were being used. The huge produce section was almost stripped clean. Half the cans goods were gone and there was no a can of soup left in the store. I am amazed at how many folks don’t have enough food in their house or apartment to make it even a few days, much less a week.
We were able to get the newspaper out that week (thanks to our printer and the U.S. Postal Service).
In 1900, 1901 and 1903, Tulsa got no snow. (You kinda wonder if they really did get some snow but they forgot to write it down somewhere.)
Tulsa gets its biggest snowfalls in February. We got 22. 5 inches in February of 2011 (when we got snowed in). The next biggest month for snowfall is March. We got 19.7 inches in March of 1924 and 10.4 inches in March of 2008.
We got 11.8 inches of snow in March of 1968. I remember that storm. We were kids and we were at Sunday night church one block from our house. It wasn’t snowing when the service started but it was ankle deep but the time it was over an hour later. Some of the folks from the church couldn’t get home and had to sleep in a convenience store. Cars were stalled all over the place.
The biggest snowfall in Tulsa in November was 10.5 inches in 2006. That was unusual. It gets cold sometimes in November but snow is rare.
In my lifetime, we got only one-half inch of snow in all of 1976 and .9 of one inch in all of 1981.
I guess since ex-President Barack Obama said the “science about global warming is settled,” we may never see snow again in Tulsa.
A friend who spent a winter in Detroit told me that it snows all winter. The snow never really melts off and it gets dirty and nasty looking.
I spent a few months in Denver in the winter of 2000-2001 and it snowed quite a lot. It was always a powdery, dry snow – not like the wet snow we sometimes get in Tulsa. And Denver schools almost always stayed open but they would delay the start to avoid rush hour traffic.
In our honeymoon in 1982, we stayed in Breckenridge, Colorado for a week. We were up at 10,000 feet over sea level but it still snowed (slightly) in July.
A little snow drives people in places like Houston crazy.
While in college, I once drove from Norman to Tulsa in a blizzard in my 1973 Volkswagen Super Beetle. It was great on snow but I remember seeing a lot of cars in ditches along the side of the road on that trip.
Snow in Tulsa is gorgeous. It paints quite a landscape. School is called off most of the time and kids have great fun sledding.
Tulsa snow is fun and then a day or two later, it’s usually gone. It is refreshing and everything seems cleaner after a snowfall.
Snow is so much easier to navigate than ice. Ice storms are deadly. They knock down power lines and make driving hazardous. You could be the best driver in the world on an ice-covered street and someone who doesn’t know how to drive on ice will run into you. Or, you try to make a turn and you misjudge your speed and slam into a curb (or another car).
Heavy snow is fun if you can stay inside but not so much fun if you have to go someplace and you don’t have much time to get there. (We have a portable generator now so if the electricity goes out, we can still run some of stuff).
I don’t think I’d ever want to live someplace that didn’t have snow (or some kind of winter).
The amount we get in Tulsa is just about right.