Monday, January 26, 2009

Freezing Florida

Contrary to the northern belief, Florida does get cold. On January 22, 2009, Central Florida had one of the coldest nights of the winter. That morning, plants were covered in ice. Grass had a thin layer of frost on it. Icicles were hanging from trees, and the cold pretty much destroyed any tropical plants I was growing, as well as plenty of non-tropical plants in my garden.
Frosty Grass
Car windshields were also a problem. I don't own any ice scrapers, so pouring a little warm tea on the ice and turning on the windshield wipers did the trick.
Melting Windshield frost with hot tea
Any water that was warmer than the air was releasing lots of steam. Every drain into the sewers was releasing a cloud as well as most lakes. Steam rising off of lakes is very strange in the early morning light. It looks almost prehistoric, like a dinosaur could be drinking out of the water.
Sewer Steam
Of course, when it's cold like this, it's a perfect time to have a fire in the rarely used fireplace.

I love the cold weather!

1 comment:

Joanna said...

You should never pour warm or hot water on the frozen wind shield lol...Could crack it...I know a few people it happened to...Be careful! :)