Dateline: Orlando, Florida
Caution, bridges freeze before roadways. Although that statement is second nature to those of you who live in New England, it is not something you expect to hear on an Orlando radio station. But, strangely enough, it was echoed repeatedly here this morning.
By 7am a bizarre (for here, that is) mix of rain/sleet/snow started falling while temperatures hovered around 32 degrees. Luckily, for reasons I cannot begin to fathom, I saved a pair of somewhat bulky (but none the less warm) ski pants,and two pairs of leather ski gloves. If we are fortunate, the high temperature today will reach around 40 degrees, with low morning temperatures the next two mornings predicted to be 27 and 24 respectively. The race now is to get the citrus off the trees before that happens. I learned from a grove owner this week that if the citrus trees themselves are damaged by a hard frost, it can take up to five years before the trees start producing fruit again. That’s five years of watering, and fertilizing with no income from the grove.
I know I will get no sympathy, nor do I expect any, from those of you who are accustomed to this weather. However, in the forty something years I have lived in Florida, this is the second worst winter I remember, and, it’s only early January. Maybe, if we could get Al Gore to do a fly by in his corporate jet leaving a massive carbon footprint, perhaps this would all go away!
Seriously, though, isn’t it about time that we put this global warming/climate change hoax to bed? If the recent disclosure of e-mails on this subject didn’t convince you it was a hoax, perhaps snow in Orlando will.