How cold is it in Florida?
You are shocked aren’t you?
Go ahead, ask me how cold is it in SW Florida!
It is B-R-R-R-R cold!
Yes it is!
True, not snowing cold, but it has snowed in Florida…see the picture above and below.
Ok, when I say b-r-r-r-r cold, I am talking in the “50’s” cold.
The picture below should probably add the disclaimer that it never ever snows in “SW” Florida….although many years ago, they did have flurries in Miami…but that is a story for another time.
But I digress….we are talking temps in the 50’s in SW Florida.
I am sure many of you are looking at much lower temps, some freezing or near freezing and you snort at my idea of cold weather.
Believe me, I hear ya!
I’ve been there!
Remember I came from the midwest where the snow and ice and freezing temperatures are the norm for winter.
And I lived in New Mexico for several years…right up in the mountains where it would snow in October and stay on the ground until May!
That was at 7500 feet elevation by the way.
Speaking of by the way, did you know that Albuquerque, New Mexico is at 5000 feet elevation? The same elevation as Denver, Colorado!
So even when we came down the mountain into Albuquerque, it was still plenty cold.
We were considered high mountain desert, but that does not mean the desert is not cold.
In the mountains where we lived, the snow would not come down sideways pelting your face with ice crystals and winds that chilled you to the bone as it did in the midwest.
The snow in the mountains of New Mexico actually came down “picture postcard” perfect.
It drifted down in big giant snowflakes and made you want to sing “White Christmas” as you stuck your tongue out to catch a beautiful snowflake.
Yeah! I know.
But before you think how gorgeous would that be, also know that Tijeras Canyon had to close to interstate 40 traffic on many of those snowfalls/storms.
Driving through the canyon could be very treacherous. (and the pic below is for those people who always ask the question: does it snow in New Mexico?) LOL
But if you were at home in the mountains, all snug as a bug in a rug, sipping hot chocolate and building snowmen in the pretty snow….well, it was simply the most beautiful experience of snowfall that one could have.
I will always treasure those times in my beloved mountains of New Mexico.
The midwest snows?
Not so much.
Those snows were so bitter cold and the snowfall wasn’t very pretty, as it is hard to see a snowflake when it is snowing fast and furious and coming at you sideways.
If you live in the Midwest you know exactly what I am talking about.
These are the snows where you have to lower your head to the onslaught of ice stinging your cheeks as your feet slip and slide all the way to your car.
Or if you are unfortunate enough to be in your car on the highways…..you might end up like the folks in the pic above.
Yep, that is usually what snowfalls look like in Kansas.
The below pic is from “Only Daughter’s” front porch a week ago.
Of course, there were times when it would sleet and snow and cover the trees with a beautiful glistening ice and you would say it was quite beautiful.
And it was beautiful.
Another picture postcard type of beautiful.
But on the other hand, you also knew that those same beautiful glistening tree branches would be broken and splintered the next day from the weight of the ice as the snow/sleet did not know when to stop.
Really not pretty, but more of a sadness as the power lines would go down under the weight of the ice.
So now, not only were you looking at the broken trees and limbs, but one had to wait on the electrical crews to come and restore the electricity.
Those are called ice storms.
Yeah! I have been there, done that.
Which leads me back to my only little world of B-r-r-r cold, here in Florida.
It is like Goldilocks and The Three Bears.
The snow and ice of Kansas was toooooo tooooo cold, hard and bitter.
The snows in New Mexico were beautiful and soft and picture perfect, still lingering until Spring.
But the cold here in Florida is “just right”, Cooler when you want it, warmer when you need it.
So I am loving that pot of hot soup simmering on the back of the stove as I don my sweater or light jacket….
…..or turn up the heat, which I have not done yet, and I won’t.
Not yet anyway, although the Captain and I have cuddled on the sofa while watching the crackling fire in the fireplace!
Yep! Just right!
I hope the weather is just right where you live.
After all, that is what makes the world go ’round.
We all love different types of weather or we would not live where we choose to live.
What is the weather like in your neck of the woods????