Snowing in New Orleans

By Guido Trombetta on 5:40 PM ,
Snowing in New Orleans
A woman walks through the French Quarter, as snow falls, in New Orleans December 11, 2008.REUTERS/Sean Gardner

New Orleans, Louisiana main city, is well known for its multicultural and multilingual heritage, cuisine, architecture, music (particularly as the birthplace of jazz), and its annual Mardi Gras and other celebrations and festivals and of course for the recent tragedy brought by hurricane Katrina. New Orleans is well known also for its humid subtropical weather, its particular location on the banks of the Mississippi river delta ensures the city very short and mild winters. Therefore when the snow falls on "The Northernmost Caribbean City", as it is nicknamed, it's a very remarkable event. Yesterday, 11th December 2008 It happened (for the eight times in the last 70 years) and Reuters Photographers were there to take these peculiar shots:

Snowing in New Orleans
A street car travels down Canal Street as snow falls in New Orleans December 11, 2008.REUTERS/Sean Gardner

Snowing in New Orleans
The Natchez Steam Boat sits along side the moon walk as snow falls in New Orleans, December 11, 2008. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

Snowing in New Orleans
A house destroyed in Hurricane Katrina is covered in snow in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Louisiana December 11, 2008. REUTERS/Lee Celano

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