Winter in Florida

My friends,

Snow is on the ground in 49 out of the 50 states — only the Sunshine State of Florida is completely snow-free

Snow is on the ground in 49 out of the 50 states — only the Sunshine State of Florida is completely snow-free

No matter where you are, I hope you are enjoying good health and good company. I am in Heaven here, working on all sorts of projects, honing my skills. Best of all, I escaped the harsh Winter of the North. You may not know, Winter arrives in Florida as short bursts, a day or two at a time. The average annual temperature in Florida is 70 and changes little with the seasons. In winter, shifting jet streams occasionally sweep cold Arctic air down from the North and while it lasts only a couple days at a time, the temperature drops quickly nearing the freezing point. On a rare occasion a frost or even some very light snow may come in the night or early morning. Snow is very rare in Florida and usually lasts for less than a day. The frost is particularly dangerous to the vulnerable citrus crops Florida is famous for. Fortunately, arrival of damaging frost is rare. Today I find the morning temperature is a very chilly 36 with a high of 66 expected. Two days ago, the high temperature was 80+, hot and humid. I thought Winter was over, but I was wrong… winter comes for a a day or two at a time, then is quickly replaced by the warm air sweeping in from the Gulf of Mexico. The warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico brings warmth and rain, mostly falling on the western and central portions of Florida and across the state toward the North West. Some rain finds it way to Merritt Island and the Space coast which they call this area. Winter is quickly displaced by such warmth, bringing the average temperature of 70 with it. Nights drop to the low 60’s and days reach low to mid 80’s. That is the reason so many Northerners flee to Florida for the winter, escaping the frigid winter of the North. It is also the reason I am here. If I wish to play with epoxy, my schedule is only delayed a couple days because of winter.

Herrington Harbour North Feb 14, 2014

Herrington Harbour North Feb 14, 2014

This year has been particularly bad winter in the North which I am sure you are well aware. I can hardly imagine the severe cold, bitter winter they (or you if you are in it) must contend with. When I return to my boat in Maryland, you can bet I will get it in the water and South before the next winter begins.

Summer in Florida can be quite unbearable with heat and humidity and nasty storms, but there are islands to escape to and that is a subject for another day. Enjoy.

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