Welcome to my "Florida" blog

Being a third generation Florida native, I'm completely enamored with the diverse beauty of this gorgeous peninsula. For most of the year the weather is divine which makes exploring its unlimited nooks and crannies fun and easy.

Wherever I go I appreciate nature and the world around me. Come along with me as I share the places I visit and perhaps a few other amusements I find interesting along the way.

(FYI: Every post prior to January 1, 2009 was previously published and imported from my garden blog)

Friday, January 23, 2009

Florida's Frosty Week

Wow! Central and South Florida had some really cold temperatures this week. It was colder in South Florida than it was here in the Tampa Bay Area.

I don't remember the last time my garden had this much damage. I keep thinking I should remember, but I don't, so it must have been a while back.

Typically, I don't let the media hype affect me too much when it comes to threats of freezing weather. I'm always the one saying, "I'm not buying it", when hour after hour the newscasters repeat their scary predictions of imminent freeze warnings.
Only this week the weather itself convinced me.

On Tuesday night it got very cold... almost freezing temps. Wednesday it was cold and very windy almost all day long with temperatures dropping rapidly in the afternoon as the wind died down. I knew when that wind stopped it was going to be a cold one. Typically I'm all for the cold as long as it doesn't affect my garden. HA!
Losing some of the plants in my garden is really small beans (matter of fact, I did lose some beans, too) compared to what can happen to growers in Florida who are depending on their crops for a living. And when they lose, it filters out to the rest of the country which is dependent on Florida growers in the winter.
I read reports that temps in the 20s were logged as far south as Collier, Glades and Charlotte counties.
According to a USA Today article, "Several days of the coldest temperatures South Florida has seen in years are threatening to ruin orange groves, cucumber fields and tropical fish ponds across the state."

That's frozen water in the bird bath on Thursday morning!
And the article goes on to say, "Florida supplies 70% of domestically grown fruits and vegetables during the winter months, and many of them are still in the field, including oranges, strawberries, blueberries and tomatoes, McElroy said."
The saddest part of a cold snap like this is how it only takes a night or two with a few hours of freezing temps to damage so much that all the other days of the year has grown freely.
Today was beautiful, mild, and sunny just like our tropical Florida winters usually are.
Oh, the life of a Floridian.


Patricia said...

Before I even looked at the temperatures on FAWN, I walked out into the backyard and saw the frozen birdbath water. It was then that I KNEW the temperature had dropped even lower and for longer than expected.

Now, if I can just get rid of that hawk, maybe the birds will return to my feeders since much of their natural food sources were frozen.

Anonymous said...

I love Florida-- but the winter weather here is so weird -it's like a roller coaster. And just when you think it's safe to get some planting done- BAM!- another freeze. *sigh*

marmee said...

when i read this i can't help but think of all the "hype" over global warming. you aren't hearing much from them right now. it's like the earth is calling their bluff.
i did not realize that the rest of the country relied so heavily on the winter fl crops. i thought maybe green houses and other southern countries were our providers. i hope they were able to withstand some damage from the frosts.

groovy lisa said...

somehow frost in Florida looks so much prettier than in Iowa. I get to look at dirty snow every day. your Florida blog inspired me to start one about my neck of the woods. check it out: http://placeonthemap.blogspot.com/