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St. Charles Streetcar in Snow

A streetcar in snow. Nothing unusual in any northern US town during the first half of the 20th Century. Is this a quaint Rockwell-style image to illustrate a Christmas shopping story?


This is today’s lead story in the New Orleans Times-Picayune:

For the first time in nearly four years, snow fell across the New Orleans region this morning, with flurries reported on the north shore and in the city, Metairie, Kenner, LaPlace and other parts of the south shore.

Snow in New Orleans is a rarity. The last time it snowed was Christmas 2004; before that, the last snow recorded was in 1989, according to Jim Vasilj, a forecaster with the National Weather Service. Since 1850, snow had fallen in "measurable amounts" rather than traces in the city just 17 times, Vasilj said. Of the 17, this snowfall is the earliest in the season.

I guess the economy is so shabby that global warming didn’t make it to New Orleans this winter. Fortunately, both Santa and streetcars are undeterred by snow.