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Austin, Texas postpones New Year’s indefinitely

Austin, Texas postpones New Year’s indefinitely

Hope you don’t mind a little more 2014, Austin

Austinites anxious to start 2015 will have to wait.

The fireworks and festivities that were scheduled to take place in Butler park have been postponed indefinitely due to nasty weather.

The city of Austin posted the following on their website:

The Austin’s New Year celebration scheduled to occur at Butler Park is postponed due to anticipated inclement weather.

City staff has been monitoring weather conditions and a wintry weather mix is forecast to roll in to Central Texas during New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Due to near-freezing weather conditions that may include high winds and precipitation, the celebration, including fireworks, has been postponed.

“This decision was made for the safety and comfort of the entire Austin community. Austin’s New Year is designed to be a family-friendly celebration featuring the best of Austin arts, music, food and culture,” said William Manno, City’s Corporate Special Events Manager, adding City leaders are exploring alternative dates to hold the celebration at a time when Austin residents will be able to fully enjoy the festivities.

While Austin is stuck in 2014, New Zealand and Australia have already celebrated 2015:

Ah Austin, always keeping it weird.

(h/t Mashable)

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I wonder what they have planned in Haight-Asheville. Oh, here it is, they’re going to sit around a low-emission, free range, organically-grown candle, hold hands, and sing Kumbayah.

Actually, in terms of safety, this is probably a good idea, especially if they’re getting anything like the weather we had in El Paso last night.

The Weather Channel said it was 15 mph winds. It was more like 30, with gusts up to 50 or 60. The wind added to the already chilling cold. That kind of weather would make for an unpleasant experience for an outdoor event (aka fewer visitors) and also adds a safety component. All you need is one errant spark and you’ve got fire conditions.

If it had been raining last night, my guess is that all of El Paso would be covered in a sheet of ice right now, which we in Texas have no good way to deal with except for to wait for it to melt.

    2nd Ammendment Mother in reply to Chuck Skinner. | December 31, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    We took a chance driving north from El Paso yesterday. We headed out at 4am and were already catching percipitation by Ft Hancock. The storm stayed with us all the way through Midland, Abilene and Wichita Falls. We woke up this morning to -14 degrees wind chill at our farm, but only one pipe is giving us problems.

2nd Ammendment Mother | December 31, 2014 at 5:51 pm

And for my actual comment…..

Current wind chill at our little slice of heaven in north Texas is 8 degrees right now. All the kids took advantage of the roads being open to head down with their pets and sleeping bags. We’re planning an evening of eating drinking and games… maybe a movie. All culminating with a midnight that should have our nearest neighbor across the river in Oklahoma talking for years…..

Firing off our cannon a couple of rounds and setting off all the mortar fireworks we ordered from China last summer and didn’t get to use because El Paso County had a communist burn ban going even if you were in the middle your own private 1000 acres and owned a firetruck.

A good time will be had by all!
God Bless Rural Texas

We don’t “burn” communists down here. Stinks too bad. Besides you can use the rope many times.

What a bunch of lightweights. We’re currently at 16 degrees … haven’t gotten above freezing for the last week. It’s not going to hamper any celebrations tonight.

TrooperJohnSmith | December 31, 2014 at 9:06 pm

Austin ain’t just stuck in 2014. They’re still stuck in 1968!

Ain’t it a helluva nice thang when this conservative p’fessor from upstate New York hosts this blog that fills up with us Texians now and then.

Thank-you, p’fessor Jacobson! Happy New Year!!!

And… God Bless Texas!

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to TrooperJohnSmith. | January 1, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    The last time I was in Texas was at DFW. It was so hot and humid that the outsides of buildings were wet as though it had rained, but it hadn’t. I felt as though I’d just landed on Venus. Not even in Key West was it as humid as that, not even after the afternoon rain. You could literally see the steam in the air.

I was going to make a joke that a friend of mine from New York used to say: “When a Texan says “It’s freezing,” they mean it is 32 degrees.” But I see these temperatures would do Chicago and New York proud. In the winter, Texas can be anywhere between 95 and -15 degrees Farenheit. God bless the Lone Star State.

    2nd Ammendment Mother in reply to Valerie. | January 1, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    “In the winter, Texas can be anywhere between 95 and -15 degrees Farenheit. ”

    And that can be on the same day! If you don’t like the weather, wait 10 minutes and it’ll change!

    And that New Year’s Cannon blast was all we thought it would be!

Empress Trudy | January 1, 2015 at 9:25 am

Obama hath decreed that henceforth time shall not progress.

I can remember a day when weather would not have stopped a Texan from doing anything. Too many liberal pussies have moved to Austin.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to docrambo. | January 1, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    Texans need to rise up a bit and tamp Austin down. Those Austin folks are getting too big for the britches. They need to be simmered down before they get a bigger toe-hold on Texas. I’m not speaking about the fireworks in particular, just Austin in general.