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NWS: Miami Is Suffering From The Coldest December In 115 Years

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December 28, 2010: Michael Barbaro / The New York Times – December 27, 2010

MIAMI — Floridians, who giddily track winter weather reports from the North, woke up Monday prepared to revel in their snow-free sidewalks and high-Fahrenheit fortunes. Another meteorological bullet dodged, chirped the snowbirds.

Then they opened their front doors to a comeuppance: a bone-chilling blast in the 30s, from Fort Lauderdale to Jacksonville, that has become the new and depressing norm here this December.

“It’s shocking, actually,” said Dorothy Lee, 51, as she crossed a windswept street, weighed down by three layers of shirts, a coat, a hat and gloves. “And don’t forget the stockings on my legs,” she added, grimacing. “This is not why people move to Florida.”

In matters of weather, all whining is relative (just ask all the New Yorkers who spent the day cross-training with shovels). But in this city, traditional bragging rights have been replaced by griping rights.

Miami is experiencing its coldest December in 115 years, according to the local branch of the National Weather Service, where employees have exhausted their thesauruses trying to describe the anomaly. (One of them, Dan Gregoria, settled on this: “very rare.”)

This time of year, the temperature in Miami usually reaches 77. On Monday, the mercury stopped 20 degrees below that, at 57, and it felt even frostier with the wind chill factored in.

The unexpected cold has shattered, at least temporarily, the rhythms and routines of sunbathing tourists and shirt-sleeve retirees in southern Florida. Waiting times at restaurants have surged because customers refuse to sit at outdoor tables. Hotel pools, normally bustling with holiday crowds, are largely deserted. And street fashion has abruptly switched from low-zipped Juicy Couture to neck-warming North Face.

But perhaps the most unsettling consequence is the sudden loss of the state’s sun-soaked swagger. “I used to love to call people back home and gloat about how warm it was,” said Ed Holmstrom, 43, as he strolled along the boardwalk on Miami Beach. “It’s kind of hard to do that right now.”

Not that people are not trying anyway. Richard Shlofmitz, a 55-year-old cardiologist from Manhattan, traveled to Miami for a few days of tanning with his wife, Linda, just missing the blizzard back home.

Sitting on the beach Monday, under several layers of towels and blankets, he said he could not resist calling his snowed-in colleagues in New York and rubbing it in — sort of. “I didn’t tell them it was freezing and that we are all bundled up,” Mr. Shlofmitz acknowledged. “I have to make them feel worse, don’t I?”

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The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Meanwhile, The New York Times also reports this utter insanity below…

Bundle Up, It’s Global Warming (12-26-2010)

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/26/opinion/26cohen.html?_r=4&ref=opinion

Then we have this article and video gem about global warming causes global cooling from Democracy Now…

Global Warming: From Snowstorms to Heat Waves (12-28-2010)

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/12/28/from_snowstorms_to_heat_waves_how

And, of course, all would be lost if Time Magazine and CNN didn’t harp in with their global warming rhetoric…

Holiday Blizzard: More Signs Of Global Warming (12-28-2010)

http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2039777,00.html?xid=rss-mostpopular

Global warming causes global cooling and record low temperatures and snowfalls worldwide? Priceless! – SJH 

Link to original article below…

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/28/us/28miami.html?_r=1&src=twrhp

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