From The South With Love, In A Hurry
Normally around this time of the year, Florida starts to warm up. We’ve had our fair share of “cold” days that dipped, maybe, below 50 degrees, and by now we’re already in the midst of planning our spring getaways. Even a few of our winter days have been spent at the beach, in a bikini, under the blazing sun. Yes, we Floridians are spoiled brats when it comes to luxurious weather in the early months of the year.
This morning when I turned on the Today Show as a part of my daily ritual, I was stunned to hear about the blizzard that hitting New England– 50-60 mph wind gusts, power outages, and record-setting snowfall were predicted for the tremendous storm that is hitting the north as we speak. As Al Roker described the forecast, I was taken back at how horrible that entire experience sounded. To me, it sounded like a hurricane was hitting the north but bringing along with it (in addition to the inconvenience that those monsters usually bring) a ton of snow, followed up by the cloud of doom.
Hearing all of this made me realize how lucky us Southerners are to be living in a climate that can barely dip below 40 degrees. Yeah, we have our thunderstorms and blistering hot summers, but none of these conditions barricade our doors to only trap us inside of our homes. North Florida actually experienced “snow” earlier this year, but it was a seen more of as a joke by others that would normally not consider that small flurry to be anything close to snow. So many of us down here long for the day that we’ll get to make our first snowman, and those familiar with the it just wish they could live in the same climate that allows for palm trees to live year round.
It’s comical that we actually complain about how “cold” it can get here. Those native to the Northern climate watch us shiver in our Ugg boots during 60 degree weather while they bask in the Florida sun wearing nothing more than a light zip-up jacket. Whenever my roommate and I go out together during this season, our attire is hilariously different. Being from Boston, her outfit reveals how comfortable the Florida winter air feels to her, while I’m bundled up like I’m going to a snowball fight.
In retrospect, as much as the summer heat can suck, us Floridians have it made when it comes to winter, and I think that we’re a bunch of unadjusted babies when it comes to the cold. “Cold” Florida days are like warm New York days, yet we still feel as if we’re walking around in an arctic tundra. For the next couple week or so, we need to get ourselves together and brave the “freezing” 60 degree weather as we walk to our cars in honor of the North’s blizzard from hell. Stay safe, New York City. Us Floridians will be saving our sunshine for you.