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Campus reacts to unexpected snow

Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Updated: Saturday, December 3, 2011 09:12

Snowball fight

Jamie Curry

Robert Lanier of Miami is running in the snow during a miniture snowball fight with friends.

Even with forecasts predicting the snow, one word was very commonly spoken amongst ASU students describing Tuesday morning's white wonderland – "surprised."

"This isn't supposed to happen down here," Faison Bragg of Luxora said, "Only up north."That couldn't be more opposite of what happened.

In the article "Rare Snow Blankets the South" by Alex Sosnowsnki published on, he said:

"The temperature was hovering in the low 30s in Shreveport, La., earlier Monday, while at the same time hovering near 50 degrees in Caribou, Maine."

Bragg, a sophomore sports management major, said he didn't expect it     to snow, but especially not as much as it did.

Bragg grew up in Luxora, which is about an hour away from Jonesboro. He said the first time he even saw a white Christmas there was when he was 16.

"I was very much surprised," Angie Bunch of Benton said. "We never get snow in November; it's always later in the year." Bunch is a freshman majoring in Athletic Training.

Junior April Riegert of Newport said she had heard the forecast for snow, but didn't believe it."People always flip out and make it a bigger deal than what it is," Riegert said. She was certain there would not be snow in November.

But there was. Jonesboro got 4.8 inches of snow Monday night and Tuesday morning according to the article "Unusual November Snow Whitens Mid-South" published in the Washington Post.

Randall Murray is a 53-year-old junior at ASU. He grew up in Paragould. He could recount many snowing Novembers in the 1960s, and even he was surprised at the snow.

"Snow on Christmas every year was very common back then, but it's totally different now," said Murray.

"I can't remember the last time recently it's snowed this time of year," he added.

Murray is retired from Air Force, and this is first time back in school since 1987. He said he would travel home to Paragould a lot for holidays while he was in the military and could never remember there being snow.

"I never saw more than a few flakes," Murray said.

During his time in the Air Force he worked in Riverton, Wyo. where he said it snowed all the time."I'm used to the snow, and I knew it would all be gone in the morning," he said.

Murray said that snow here was different from snow in Wyoming.

"It doesn't take a lot for it to ice here (unlike in Wyoming) so when I was driving home I was extra careful for black ice. Down here the roads get terrible."

Sinyoung Park is an exchange student from South Korea. She said she was not expecting the snow at all. However, she is no stranger to snow. "It snows in South Korea a lot!" said Park, a journalism major. Park said she likes the snow and would have played in it had she had gloves.

 Riegert said she likes the snow as well, just not during finals week."I was really hoping that it snowed enough for a snow day," said senior Robert Lanier of Miami.

Lanier like many students was hoping for a snow day. "I wanted it to stick so classes would get cancelled," Lanier said. "But it didn't."

According to the Farmers' Almanac this winter is supposed to be very wet and mild. It said nothing about snow in November.

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