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????
Brrrrrr… those pictures look cold! I like snow for a few days. I just don’t want a blizzard when it’s time for us to go back to the LakeHouse in Pennsylvania!
I had no idea Albuquerque was the same elevation as Denver! I learned something new !
yes Nancy, a lot of Olympians train by going up the mountain roads on ski’s with roller skates on them. The road to our ranch (7500 feet elevation) was steep and winding and one had to drive very carefully watching out for these guys training and the bicyclists.
Everyday Living says
It has been cold and rainy, but finally the sun broke through and we have had a couple of pretty days. We occasionally get snow, and it shuts everything down. I enjoy it as long as it isn’t ice. Have a wonderful Sunday dear friend!
Pam I just can’t take the really cold weather these days. The 50’s are COLD to me. LOL You are right, the ice is the main danger for motorists and travelers. Praying for holiday travelers as they get on the roads and in the skies this holiday season. Blessings Always! Happy Thanksgiving and be safe!
Rita C. says
I really don’t like winter, but 50° I can live with. We were in a sealed-tight pocket with this storm Avery, barely got a dusting, while all around us – OH & VA mainly – got the ice and snow. You’ve got it right, Goldilocks.
I am so fickle Rita…When living in “snow” areas, I wanted to see and feel and experience the first snowfall, but after a couple hours, I was done with it and ready for Spring. I have always said that it should only snow on Christmas eve where we can be part of a picture postcard snowfall, (with moderate temperatures of course) sing “White Christmas” or “Silver Bells”, drink hot chocolate …and then, and then, and then…. have Christmas Day and then POOF!!!!! Winter is over and now it is Spring!
Tammy in Albuquerque says
Hi Kari! I thought it was so neat of you to let everyone know how pretty New Mexico is in snowfall. Twelve years ago, December 30, 2006, snow POURED on Albuquerque…8”, which for Albuquerque is a ton. I got married the next day and the judge almost didn’t make it to the ceremony! Lol. Some folks don’t realize we have four seasons here, except the summers are very hot. Blessings to you~
My sweet Tammy, so glad to hear from you and I am always glad to promote New Mexico, because I love it! There is a piece of my heart that will always belong to this under rated state!
I’m sure you have heard people say, New Mexico is a desert, barren and ugly and I tell them, you have no clue. It is definitely the Land of Enchantment. At our 7500 feet elevation, we did not experience hot weather, it was perfect in the spring, summer, and fall… we didn’t even own an air conditioner. Now the snows in the mountains were another story, I would dress like the Michelin Man or the Sta Puff Marshmallow Man to feed all our chickens, peacocks, turkeys, guineas, ducks, cats, dogs…. or walk down to the corrals to feed the cattle and horses! I really miss those times, although now I am not sure I have the stamina to throw hay bales. LOL
Dee hadsalll says
It is a nice day here. A little chilly. We had three couples over for a pre Thansgiving feast and now hubby and I are in our chairs watching Ghandi on TV and stuffed just like the turkey we had.
that sounds like fun DeeDee….sometimes that is the best way to celebrate. I like watching Hallmark channel…the stories may seem corny and predictable, but sometimes it is better than what is happening in the real world. Happy Thanksgiving sweet friend.
Linda Cunha says
Your pictures even made me cold. It rarely snows here, northern Calif. where I live but it is starting to get in the low 40’s in the mornings this last week. I’m more a sunny California type girl. Hope your foot is much better and wishing you and your family a Happy and Thankful Thanksgiving.
thanks Linda…I know, my thin blood just couldn’t take the cold anymore. LOL
I hope you are not in any danger from fire or smoke. Our prayers go up for everyone in the path of destruction.
Thank you for your well wishes on my foot as it is getting better each day.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!