Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in New Hometown, Florida on Wednesday, December 9, 2020. Presently, the temperature is 59˚F (15˚C) under sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the north-northwest at 7 MPH (12 KM/H) and humidity at 56%, the feels-like temperature is also 59˚F (15˚C). Today, the high is expected to reach 63˚F (17˚C) and sunny conditions will continue throughout the afternoon. Tonight, the forecast calls for mostly clear skies and a low of 46˚F (8˚C).
As you know, I live in Florida, a state that is not usually associated with cold weather; in fact, people from northern states and Canada often come to the Sunshine State to get away from the snow and ice of winter to bask in the sun by the sea or on deck chairs beside a pool. And I am willing to bet you a couple of bucks that these tourists or part-time Floridians snicker at natives such as me when we try to dress “in layers” and bitch about how cold it is outside.
Fortunately, we don’t have long cold spells during what we call the dry season – it only really gets unbearably cold – by Florida standards – when unusually strong cold fronts blow their way south from the Arctic and down the Eastern Seaboard to remind everyone that hey, it’s late fall and winter is soon going to be here. Of course, geography spares us from ice and snow most of the time; sometimes North Florida will see rare snow flurries that don’t compare to anything that people in New York, Colorado, or anywhere north of the Florida-Georgia border see every winter.
Of course, most of us who lived in the Miami area in the late 1970s remember that on January 19, 1977, when Florida was in the grip of an unusually strong Arctic blast, it actually snowed in parts of Florida – namely, in my former stomping grounds of South Florida. On that day, a light dusting of snow – some experts say it was rime – fell from West Palm Beach all the way south to Miami. Because Florida is in the subtropics, the snow melted in the morning sun, but not before many people were able to take photos of it on their cars – especially on roofs, hoods, and windshields.
As a 2011 article published by Miami/Ft. Lauderdale CBS affiliate WFOR (CBS4) explains:
January 19th, 1977. People looked up, and could not believe their eyes. There, in the Sun and Fun Capital of the World, snowflakes were falling from the sky.
They fell on Miami Beach. They fell in the Everglades. In fact, they fell as far away as the Bahamas.
Those who lived through it call it the Great Blizzard of ’77. In actuality, it was a freak dusting of flakes that found the ground and promptly disappeared, but not before people tried to make snowballs, attempted anemic snowmen, or simply put tongue to flake and gave it a taste.
It was gone almost before it started, but it was historic.
Since then, Florida has had a few more snow events, but not as far south as Miami
According to the National Weather Service, which has tracked snow in Florida since 1800, the white stuff has fallen in the state 40 times before the current century, mostly in the Panhandle and North Florida. Tampa, midway down the peninsula, has had snow reported a number of times.
This century, there have even 14 snow ‘events’ in the state, with 2010 setting a record with 8 snow events.
Some people even claim to have seen flurries in West Palm Beach and Kendall when the mercury dropped to freezing, but there’s no proof we had anything but a heavy frost.
It’s not that cold today here in New Hometown, although the house is uncomfortably chilly because the lady of the house nixes the use of central heating here. I don’t like being in a cold house, but I have lived in colder climates than Florida – including Bogota, Colombia and Seville, Spain – so I just put on a sweater or a jacket and I’m fine.
Still, it’s chilly enough to deter me from venturing out to my favorite park bench, though if I get bored enough I will probably do that before the sun gets too low on the horizon and the temperature dips into the low 50s.
And on the Blu-ray Front….
In an effort to bolster my morale for the upcoming holidays, yesterday I decided to buy a few movies that I don’t have on the new 4K UHD format – namely the Back to the Future trilogy – and one title that I have on DVD but not on Blu-ray: director Robert Mulligan’s 1971 coming-of-age comedy-drama Summer of ’42.
I don’t need them, per se, but I have never been happy with the shoddy packaging that Comcast-owned Universal Home Entertainment gave to the 2010 35th Anniversary Blu-ray box set. I bought that when I still lived in Miami, and sometime between then and my move to New Hometown, the Digipack fell to the floor and the doohickey that holds the Back to the Future Blu-ray disc in its storage compartment broke. I had to ask The Caregiver to see if she had one of those plastic single-disc holders that you can buy if you want to take a CD, DVD, or Blu-ray disc on a trip or to use – as in this case – as a replacement for a damaged original package. Luckily, she had a few of those and gave me one for my Back to the Future Blu-ray, so I don’t need a replacement copy.
I do need a few more titles for my 4K UHD collection, so I decided to get the Back to the Future box set but in the newer format. That way I can have an intact set with the proper packaging and grow my 4K collection a bit more.
As for Summer of ’42…..
Well, I have that movie on DVD, but I love the Blu-ray format and feel that I should have Summer of ’42 in high definition, even the Warner Bros. Archive edition doesn’t come with extra features, just like the DVD doesn’t have any.
Other than that, I don’t have any news worth sharing. I’m still single and not happy about it. I’m also still not thrilled about the holiday season this year, and though the breakup is a factor, I think that the COVID-19 pandemic and Donald Trump’s post-election shenanigans occupy my thoughts far more than being single. I was single for five years before I met The Caregiver (aka The Ex), and I survived that breakup, so I’m sure that I’ll get over this one as well.
And on that note, I’ll close for now, Dear Reader. I hope you are staying safe and healthy on this Tuesday in December. I’ll be back tomorrow with another post, though, so until next time, adios! And I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.
Source: Snow Joke: The Day It Snowed In Miami, published on miami.cbslocal.com, January 19, 2011