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Old 01-03-2008, 02:05 PM
 
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What the others said - also - there are a lot of old, old homes around without heating systems and only window units for AC/heat. January of 2003 had a lot of freezing nights/mornings...and I lived in a 1901 wooden home with literally no insulation and single pane windows that shook in the wind. I'm from the north and had never been so cold in my life! My NJ family laughed at me but I explained to them that when it's 25 degrees out and you don't have heat, it doesn't matter if you live in Florida or Canada!

(I was renting...so I couldn't install central air/heat)
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Old 01-03-2008, 03:08 PM
 
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My NJ family laughed at me but I explained to them that when it's 25 degrees out and you don't have heat, it doesn't matter if you live in Florida or Canada!

No kidding! I went to school outside Boston, and the coldest I've ever been-- okay, with the exception of the ice storm that hit NC in December 2002 and left us without electricity for 4 days-- was when we were rehabbing an old house (c1928) in downtown Clearwater. As long as it's above 60 inside I'm good, but when you wake up in the morning and there's frost INSIDE your window...that's a problem.
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Old 01-04-2008, 04:19 AM
 
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As long as it's above 60 inside I'm good, but when you wake up in the morning and there's frost INSIDE your window...that's a problem.
I forgot about that! I had frost inside the window too. Brr...
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Old 01-04-2008, 02:29 PM
 
Location: So. Dak.
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How do you feel about strawberries? Citrus? Because there's a huge crop right now that are endangered by prospects of a freeze.
Also bear in mind that the average Floridian may not own a heavy coat, or tons of cold-weather clothes. A fair number of older houses (i.e., built in the 20s) are not well-insulated. Some don't have central heat, or have oil heat (so if you haven't turned the heat on yet this year you'd better hope you have oil in the drum left from last year). In our case, it's time to switch linens on the beds (because who wants a polyfill comforter or flannel sheets when it's near eighty?).
People (at least hopefully) adapt to the climate they live in. I don't suppose it'll look as goofy to you as it will to us next August when all the Yankees are complaining that the thermometer's reaching 90.

Yea, there are things that can be catastrophic if it gets that low down in Fla. It does sound like the citrus crops have been spared though. The thing is though that every winter we lose everything up north, too. It doesn't matter how much $$ we have in our flowers or lawn, it'll be gone by Nov.

I just had to reply about your comment about northerners complaining when it hits 90. The record high for the town I live in is 116 and the record high for my state is 122. Granted, we don't have the same amount of humidity that you have, but it does get pretty toasty in some of the northern areas of the country, too.

Oh, and I am a cold weather hater so for anyone who was miserable with your cold spell, I totally understand.
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