Cold In South Florida

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    Feb 20, 2015 2:33 AM GMT
    I fell asleep watching TV and woke to find myself shivering, I had left the windows and patio door open. It's in the upper 40s outside, had gotten down to 70 inside. It may reach the 30s tonight - that's unusually cold for South Florida.

    Then I remembered I had to go out to the car for something. I was still wearing my Utilikilt (my indoor knock-around outfit when not in my boxers), and that was rather bracing.

    Nothing quite like having a cool breeze on your balls. I'm sitting here now wearing a zippered jacket, reluctant to turn on the heat unless I absolutely must. With the windows closed the indoor temperature should start climbing before long, just from the refrigerators, computers and TV.

    But it's supposed to be back to the low 80s on Monday & Tuesday, will try to make Tuesday a beach day. This is our coolest time of the year, as elsewhere in the US, we may be able to keep the A/C off for much of the next 2 weeks, for some savings on the electrical bill.
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    Feb 20, 2015 2:45 AM GMT
    It got DOWN to 70 inside???
    I keep it at 12 Celsius most of the time to keep my bill under control/less than $200.
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    Feb 20, 2015 3:14 AM GMT
    This unusual cold snap in south Florida just proves that all that global warming debate is pure fiction. There is no global warming, period icon_exclaim.gif
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    Feb 20, 2015 3:27 AM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidThis unusual cold snap in south Florida just proves that all that global warming debate is pure fiction. There is no global warming, period icon_exclaim.gif

    In the meantime Florida beaches are already in danger because of rising ocean levels. Which is due to what? Global cooling? icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Feb 20, 2015 3:28 AM GMT
    A couple of hours ago my sister told me it's 40 degrees Miami but 30 in Plantation (a bit north of Fort Lauderdale). It USED to get cold in Miami, as a kid we burned a fire every winter. Houses from the 1920s through the '60s came with wood burning fireplaces. I'm guessing we're cycling down from a warm spell that began in the 80s. My parents haven't lit a fireplace since then. They might tonight!
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    Feb 20, 2015 3:30 AM GMT
    pazzy saidWell considering that most of the country is cold as shit and over here is supposed to be negative 5 tonight through tomorrow while down there is usually hot as shit around this time, you sure as hell aint getting any pity or sympathy from me. You'll live. You made this thread to say what?

    To say that Florida is being affected by the cold hitting the rest of the US. I don't need your sympathy - I lived in North Dakota for 11 years, where -25 F was common during the winter. Having my house at 70 during the winter would have been a luxury there, it was usually around 65, less-used rooms even colder, and I always wore a sweater indoors.
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    Feb 20, 2015 3:32 AM GMT
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    pazzy saidWell considering that most of the country is cold as shit and over here is supposed to be negative 5 tonight through tomorrow while down there is usually hot as shit around this time, you sure as hell aint getting any pity or sympathy from me. You'll live. You made this thread to say what?

    To say that Florida is being affected by the cold hitting the rest of the US. I don't need your sympathy - I lived in North Dakota for 11 years. Having my house at 70 during the winter would have been a luxury there, it was usually around 65, and I always wore a sweater indoors.


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    Feb 20, 2015 3:38 AM GMT
    Yep, this is one of the few days of the year I have to wear my fleece-stuff to keep me warm. So far it's only a sweater, but I still have some sweats and some woolen socks my mom knitted for me a few years back. Tonight the low here is going to be 30, which is one of the lowest temps I've had since moving to Orlando.

    I hope everyone is nice and warm tonight.
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    Feb 20, 2015 3:42 AM GMT
    Sorry to rub it in, but here in Los Angeles, I was wearing a t-shirt and shorts everyday this week. icon_biggrin.gif

    We're still in a severe drought though. icon_sad.gif
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    Feb 20, 2015 3:43 AM GMT
    Wyndahoi saidIt got DOWN to 70 inside???
    I keep it at 12 Celsius most of the time to keep my bill under control/less than $200.

    We keep the central A/C set to 77 during the day, 76 at night. Our last electrical bill was $68 (we have no natural gas). We never use the heater.

    It's a pleasure when we can open the windows for fresh air, and keep the A/C off, like we were doing today. And will do the next 2 weeks it looks like, except for Monday and Tuesday, when we jump back up into the low 80s. Then it cools again, typical for late February.

    Some of us actually welcome a brief cold spell, kills off many of the iguanas, an invasive and destructive garden pest. When temps get down to the 30s the iguanas start falling out of the trees like leaves. But the downside is damage to the citrus crop, a major source of State income.
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    Feb 20, 2015 3:45 AM GMT
    Well, I hope it doesn't decimate Florida's citrus industry, though it was almost worth it in the '70s when God smote Anita Bryant with snow in Miami. The entire documentary on that subject is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seYFHXnCSo0
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    Feb 20, 2015 4:02 AM GMT
    eagermuscle saidWell, I hope it doesn't decimate Florida's citrus industry, though it was almost worth it in the '70s when God smote Anita Bryant with snow in Miami. The entire documentary on that subject is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seYFHXnCSo0

    Gawd, don't get me started about Bryant. But I know about fireplaces in Miami Beach. We always attend a Christmas reception at a lovely 1920s-era house there, that has an original fireplace. It's always too warm to light it, but the gay couple who own the home fill the hearth with decorative candles, for a nice holiday touch.

    Although 2 years ago a woman guest got quite drunk, and managed to trip and fall right into that fireplace. We had to drag her out before she caught fire. I think that's why this year our hosts didn't light the candles during the party. And perhaps why I didn't see her in attendance.

    Sorry, I'm wandering off-topic, but that's the image I now have when I think about fireplaces in Miami/Miami Beach - the immolation of drunken straight women.
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    Feb 20, 2015 4:12 AM GMT

    The record low for Feb. 20 is 40 degrees for Fort Lauderdale in 1960, 42 degrees for Miami in 1972 and 52 degrees for Key West in 1958.

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    Feb 20, 2015 4:44 AM GMT
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    The record low for Feb. 20 is 40 degrees for Fort Lauderdale in 1960, 42 degrees for Miami in 1972 and 52 degrees for Key West in 1958.

    I don't know about those other 2 places, but there's a chance Fort Lauderdale & Wilton Manors may break that record for Feb 20 tonight. We may get down to around 39 F.

    But all of them have gotten even colder before, just not on this date. BTW, right now it's 45 in Wilton Manors, at 11:44 PM.
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    Feb 20, 2015 12:03 PM GMT
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    pazzy saidWell considering that most of the country is cold as shit and over here is supposed to be negative 5 tonight through tomorrow while down there is usually hot as shit around this time, you sure as hell aint getting any pity or sympathy from me. You'll live. You made this thread to say what?

    To say that Florida is being affected by the cold hitting the rest of the US. I don't need your sympathy - I lived in North Dakota for 11 years. Having my house at 70 during the winter would have been a luxury there, it was usually around 65, and I always wore a sweater indoors.


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    It's funny that you say 65 degrees being cold because during my first week in Phoenix and as I was touring the town, I noticed people wearing coats, scarves, hoodies, etc....and the temp was 63. I was like...wtf?
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    Feb 20, 2015 8:08 PM GMT
    Well, in contrast, we have been having a bit of a heat wave in the PNW the last couple of weeks. Daytime highs around 60! Rarely any frost in the mornings! Wildflowers are about a month ahead of schedule and now I see that one (but only one?) of the rosebushes has already leafed out. But the forecast is for colder temps starting tomorrow and possible snow by the end of the week.

    And I've fallen into a home improvement project that is snowballing out of control and requires me to replace a window - so I'd better get off my ass and get that done!

    The rain gauge is still around 60% of normal and the snow pack is at record lows.
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    Feb 20, 2015 8:22 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    pazzy saidWell considering that most of the country is cold as shit and over here is supposed to be negative 5 tonight through tomorrow while down there is usually hot as shit around this time, you sure as hell aint getting any pity or sympathy from me. You'll live. You made this thread to say what?


    Careful, you may find yourself the recipient of a slander, er, I mean libel lawsuit.
    nah, pazzy will just get an empty liquor bottle angrily tossed in his general direction by our honorary boozer Art Deco icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 20, 2015 8:53 PM GMT
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    southbeach1500 said
    pazzy saidWell considering that most of the country is cold as shit and over here is supposed to be negative 5 tonight through tomorrow while down there is usually hot as shit around this time, you sure as hell aint getting any pity or sympathy from me. You'll live. You made this thread to say what?


    Careful, you may find yourself the recipient of a slander, er, I mean libel lawsuit.
    nah, pazzy will just get an empty liquor bottle angrily tossed in his general direction by our honorary boozer Art Deco icon_lol.gif


    We didn't get all that cold last night. -10 to -18f. Thought it would get even colder.

    Great news is that our winter storm watch has be revised to a warning with 5-8 inches predicted. Now who on earth wouldn't want 8 inches? We've been fucked out of any big storms all winter so maybe we will get our turn.
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    Feb 20, 2015 9:39 PM GMT
    You can put on a sweater . What about the citrus? Freezing?
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    Feb 21, 2015 12:50 PM GMT
    I am in Jamaica and its freezing cold this past week. I suspect the cold front had something to do with the weather from North America.
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    Feb 21, 2015 12:50 PM GMT
    ELNathB said
    The record low for Feb. 20 is 40 degrees for Fort Lauderdale in 1960, 42 degrees for Miami in 1972 and 52 degrees for Key West in 1958.




    It was 49 in Key West yest AM so I guess that broke the record! Bob, I am arriving in a few weeks icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 21, 2015 12:52 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    ELNathB said
    The record low for Feb. 20 is 40 degrees for Fort Lauderdale in 1960, 42 degrees for Miami in 1972 and 52 degrees for Key West in 1958.

    I don't know about those other 2 places, but there's a chance Fort Lauderdale & Wilton Manors may break that record for Feb 20 tonight. We may get down to around 39 F.

    But all of them have gotten even colder before, just not on this date. BTW, right now it's 45 in Wilton Manors, at 11:44 PM.


    I was in FLL one morning in early Jan 2008 and it was 39!
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    Feb 21, 2015 12:54 PM GMT
    It's 66 this morning in College Station, TX. and humid as hell -- absolutely love it. perfect morning!
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    Feb 21, 2015 1:52 PM GMT
    Back inside from shoveling 8" of snow. We've been getting screwed out of the snow we deserve all winter so finally !!!

    Didn't think about much until now, but the driveway in the new house is 120' long. Good thing I'm not moving for another 3 weeks.
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    Feb 21, 2015 5:43 PM GMT
    freedomisntfree saidBack inside from shoveling 8" of snow. We've been getting screwed out of the snow we deserve all winter so finally !!!

    Didn't think about much until now, but the driveway in the new house is 120' long. Good thing I'm not moving for another 3 weeks.

    That wouldn't be Santa Monica - at least for snow made only of oxygen and Hydrogen - back in Ohio?