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Freezin’ in Florida!


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Went down in the mid-30’s last night, and was still only 37 out when I woke up, but no ice in the birdbaths, anyway. This doesn’t sound like much to you folks in the Frozen North, I know, but when you consider it was over 80 degrees here less than a week ago, well…it is a bit of a shock to the system. And it will be back up in the 80’s again in a couple of days, I’m sure. Not as bad as last month, when the temps dropped 50 degrees in one night, and then soared again in 24 hours. But still. It’s a good day to stay home by the fire, and I think that’s just what I’ll do. Throw in a few hours on the computer, working on my next book, Swamp Ghosts, and it will be okay with me to postpone my winter gardening for another day.

How is it where YOU are? Cold? Freezing cold? Or my tongue’s stuck to a lamppost, someone just shoot me now, cold? ๐Ÿ™‚ ย Hope you are all snug in your toasty homes until this lets up.



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15 thoughts on “Freezin’ in Florida!

  1. lej5156 on said:

    It’s up to 17 here today. We did manage to get the drive cleared. We were waiting for it to get warmer but it’s not going to happen until at least the week-end and then it’s supposed to get really cold again. I love being home so don’t mind the cold but I do worry about losing electricity. Our house is all electric so if that goes we can’t do anything.


    • Oooh, I hope your power stays on, Lori! Kathy had furnace problems yesterday in PA, and I know she was freezing all morning until the repair people took care of it. That’s one of the things that is easier here, besides hardly having any winter at all, of course. ๐Ÿ˜‰ When we do get cold (and I’ve seen it snow here!), it only lasts a day or two at the most. Most of us are not in any real danger from it. You guys have to be careful up there! Stay warm and safe! I’ll be thinkin’ about you.


  2. It was still -3 here an hour ago. The 30s sounds like a heat wave.


    • True…but I betcha you still wouldn’t want to put on a suit and go swimming! ๐Ÿ˜€ For us, it isn’t even being cold that is hard, it’s that when plants turn brown during a freeze, they do not leaf back out in the spring. They are dead. Defunct. Deceased plants, gone to that Great Garden in the Sky. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ And of course, the orange crop can be lost entirely, along with the strawberries and other winter crops Florida sends to groceries around the nation. So we have a lot of things to think about besides that it feels colder than usual.

      Of course, I enjoy cold weather, so I’m not suffering a bit, personally. But my coleus and philodendrons are history. *sniff*

      Stay warm. -3 is too cold for even ME. I’m good to about 10 or 15, and then I’m wanting a fire and a hot toddy. ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. It’s funny, I just had this conversation with my (Danvers, Massachusetts) grandpa. He was mocking my ‘cold.’

    It got down to the 20s here, which I think is freezing. Especially when you add in wind chill. Brr. But of course by his standards, that’s nothing.


    • Well, water freezes at 32, so I think 20 qualifies as freezing. Not the kind of cold that endangers your life, probably…unless you had to sleep out in it, unprotected. But once you get that cold, it’s pretty nippy. Maybe your eyelashes and the hairs in your nose don’t freeze. But your coffee will. ๐Ÿ˜€ And you won’t get instant frostbite in any part of your body that’s exposed for longer than 2 or 3 minutes, and have to have your fingers amputated. So I’d give him that. BUT. Cold is cold, and 20 degrees will make most of us shiver. Most especially if it’s a sudden drop from a warm temp. When it was 83 here one day, and 33 the next morning…well, that’s a shock. I’m not sure we were designed to deal with a fifty degree drop overnight.

      Luckily, it’s going to warm up for us southerners a lot sooner than it will for them. ๐Ÿ™‚ And when folks up north are complaining about their terrible 85 degree heat wave, and my thermometer reads 105, I’ll thumb my nose at THEM. (But only from inside my air conditioned house, of course!) ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€


  4. Well this is something you do not hear about in Florida!! When we lived in Tampa over 25 yr ago they had a cold snap too, high temps in the 30’s. It is a different type of cold than here in PA, so while everyone was bundled up hubby and I were enjoying the cooler temps and as one neighbor said, we did not have tell anyone we were from the north! Today we had a heat wave of 25 degrees but by Monday the highs will be 3 below with a windchill of 25 below…old man winter is not done with us yet!


    • In recent years, we have been having at least one freeze in Orlando area every winter, but the last 3 years have been mild. Everything tropical is overgrown and thick, so the freeze last week, brief as it was, did some damage. We had ice in our birdbaths, all the coleus that didn’t get brought in were killed, and lots of stuff nipped. Had it stayed below 32 a couple more hours, a lot more stuff would have taken a hit. I’ve been planting more and more cold-hardy plants, though, because I got tired of the expense of replacing them every spring.

      I lived in Tampa when my son was in first grade…it would have been 36 years ago, I guess. It snowed that winter. We had wicked freezes several times, and then one day…white stuff all over the place. People were out trying to roll up enough to make little snowmen about 18″ tall, and scraping up a handful to throw at each other. It was quite something to see. Of course, it was gone in by the next day, but it did stick for 24 hours.

      Mostly, we get a 3-day thing, where we get a drop to the low 40’s or high 30’s one day, then a freeze the next, and then it warms up to the 50’s or so the third day. By day four, it will be back anywhere from 70 to 80 degrees or so. It hit 71 today, and will probably hit 80 tomorrow. So the cold comes in briefly, then is gone for a few weeks. Then it shows up again for a day or so. It’s hard to plan because you never know if you need a jacket or shorts. ๐Ÿ™‚


      • It is so strange to see the news reports of snow down south. Did you get much this time around?


        • Oh, no We haven’t gotten any snow. It only snows in central Florida every 30 years or so. Last time I remember ANY snow, there was some about 100 miles north of us near Jacksonville. My 43 year old son was in high school that time. I haven’t seen any this far south since he was in 1st grade.

          We did get a freeze a couple of weeks ago, with ice in the birdbaths, etc. Last week, we had a couple of nights in the low 30’s…maybe 33-34…but no freezes. Most of what’s being reported right now is in Georgia, especially the Atlanta area, which is the lower end of the mountains. They are in a mess up there. But we are fine, here. So far, anyway. You never know when you have a polar vortex on hand.


          Hope you are keeping warm in your area?


          • Glad you are doing well and did not get much of that nasty weather. We are all doing fine here staying warm and dry. Today we had a heatwave it got to 40 degrees. Did not even wear a coat, although I was dressed in layers, but it felt good not to wear a bulky coat. Enjoying what we call the Jan Thaw – it won’t last long and old man winter will hold out a few more weeks yet.


            • Hmmm…we had a heat wave here, too. It hit 80 inside and out. 80 inside is too hot for me, so on with the a/c! ๐Ÿ™‚ We might have another cold spell, or it might stay in the 60 to 80 degree range for a couple of months now. Sometimes February is surprising. But shorts and a/c today. Glad you had your “heat wave,” as well. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Must have felt a lot better.


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