February turns into horrid winter break

Texas Experiences dastardly Winter Storm

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Brian Handy

Even though everything was out Texans found a way to distract.

Jessie Rios, Staff Writer

Feb. 13- 20, Texas experienced a snow fall and record cold to remember. In the course of one week, lows of -2  contrasted with a week later and a high of 80.

All over, snow lay in inches to nearly a foot and a usually balmy Texas turned into an Arctic freezer. The snow virtually melted away in one day when the high topped 50 on Feb. 20.

Texas is often hot and humid for most months and according to weather-us.com, winters average 40 degrees but also get into the 70s and 80s by late February and March. But anytime after that 70 degrees and up. 

The summers average ninety-six degrees but will have runs of seven to 10 days when temperatures would  be in the hundreds .

This past week in North Texas the snow hit us hard. Texas are not used to this weather, so despite the snow fall only being 3 to 7 inches that really shut us down. 

Some Texans experienced rolling blackouts which meant that different areas could go without power for a projected 30 minutes to an hour. That ended up being hours or days for some people. Others were without power for the entire cold blast. 

Some Texans who never lost power, but those on variable electric plans discovered what that meant. Little did they know they would be charged thousands of dollars for electricity.

A Texas citizen was charged $17,000  for his power. Others had bills of nearly $10,000. People sued electrical companies for millions for the exorbitant charges. Governor Greg Abbott stepped in and said the companies could not disconnect electricity for people who couldn’t pay their bills.

Water also became an issue for a lot of Texans. A lot of people experienced frozen water pipes or had them burst which would flood the house. Their only choice was to turn their water off and wait. Plumbers had more business than they could attend to so people had to turn the water off.

According to AP News,  7 million people — a quarter of the population in Texas, the nation’s second-largest state — were under orders to boil tap water before drinking it because low water pressure could have allowed bacteria to seep into the system.

To avoid this Texans would turn their faucets on and have water drip to avoid the freezing. This helps the water from freezing because there’s a constant motion with the water allowing it to avoid the frost. 

Texas will have to rethink its electricity situation. The state had been told in 2011 that the system would not stand up to extreme cold. Officials did nothing.

With more predicted weather events like this one, officials are looking at what they must do to make sure its citizens are safe, warm and have potable water.