Is this a blue norther? Ask fifty people what a blue norther is, youll get fifty-one different answers.
Its when a front makes the sky so cold it turns extra-blue. It's a cold front that turns your nose blue. Its a north wind that drops the temperature at least 30 degrees and causes a hard freeze.
Up in the Panhandle in 1850, a blue norther pinned down a railroad survey party. It was so terrifically windy and cold, the surveyors just hunkered down immobile. As a joke, they named that spot Zephyr. A zephyr is a light, Summer breeze. A little town grew there, just east of Brownwood. Its still there.
The Weatherpedia describes a Blue Norther as a swift-moving cold frontal passage ... marked by a dark, blue-black sky ... that may drop 20 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit in a few minutes.
The Cowboys Dictionary defines a blue norther as a blizzard, a bad storm.
A blue norther packs enough punch to lower Texas Gulf Coast bay temperatures ten degrees, and drives all the trout off into deeper water.
An early Texan wrote a letter to a friend back East: The weather here is terrible. Yesterday one of my cows died from a heat stroke, and while I was skinning him a blue norther blew in and the other cow froze to death! Now thats a blue norther!
Brad Messer commentary, KTSA.