bubba Posted February 16, 2009 Report Share Posted February 16, 2009 This has been an interesting year. Last year,California got the cold air.This year,Florida did.Can Texas be far behind? Louisiana and Arizona were also warmer than normal. The High temperature per Weather Underground for Dec was Alice,Tx on Dec.27,2008 at 93F.For Jan.,Santa Ana,Ca was 90F on the 12th.For Feb.,Edinburg,Tx was 93F on the 13th.California showed up in a big way,especially from Jan.11-22.They had a run of highs from 90 to the upper 80's during that time frame.South Texas is just unbelievable for Winter MH's with upper 80's to low 90's a day or two after a cold front.Florida can jump into MH only when a cold front hits Texas and it is cool in California allowing low to mid 80's to show as winners.I believe the MH last year was 98F in Laredo so Texans may feel they had a cool one. ML this year was Florida but strangely few of the ML's came from the Keys. It was cold for the Conch's and Key West hit 47F.Most of Florida's winners were from the Southeast Coast.Florida was cooler than normal and had many days of the 75/60 variety in South Florida,which is like heaven. Florida had some true Artic fronts that made it through for the first time in more than a few years. When I say made it through, Havana,Cuba reported a low of 46F the same day it hit 47F in Key West.The fact is Florida really missed a bullet. Orlando's low was 30F,St.Pete 37F and Miami 38F. West Palm Airport reported 33F(cold hole)on Feb.5 but Pahokee on Lake Okee reported 37F.The head lifeguard on the Mid-town Beach at Palm Beach recorded air temperature of 41F and water of 71F at 6:30 AM Feb.5,2009.Alot of micro-climates in Florida also. Inland Florida,except near large bodies of water,reported very low temperatures into the 20's even in South Florida. The true tale of the freeze will be told over the next several months but some of the pictures show bad damage to specimens already.It will be interesting to see how the coconuts fared in Daytona,Jacksonville and Kyle's plantings up in the McCarty Hall micoclimate.(I hope!) For South Florida,where WPB reported 33F,you will be able to see here that Ann Norton Sculpture Garden,on the West side of the Intracoastal, had no damage that I could see.The Sealing Wax thread seems to verify that either they are a much hardier item than reported(demise automatic at 40F) or temperatures were higher.In Florida it may be the quick bounce back factor to warmer temperatures that plays a role.Miami's worst day was 61/38 on Feb.5,2009.Orlando was 48/32 on Jan.21,2009.St Pete's crummiest day was 48/38 on Jan.21,2009. Louisiana had a warm a Winter.Low temperature for New Orleans was 29F and many times South Louisiana reported mid-70 highs and mid-50 lows.I bet the Louisiana folks had a great Palm growing year. Texas had a warm and exceptional Winter.Lowest temperature in Houston was 30F.Laredo was 34F. Brownsville was 36F. No freeze in South Texas.Brownsville and environs were particularly hospitable with many days in the upper 70's to low 80's with nightime lows around 60.Dec.16,2008 was probably the worst day with 47/38.Laredo had one of those on Dec.22 with 43/35. Houston had a couple of 42/31's in Dec. California had a tremendous Jan run from approximately Jan.11-22.(90 to upper 80's with lows in the 60's.A number of ML's were accounted for in Ca. during this time-frame.Santa Monica had it's coldest day on Dec.27,2008 at 57/40.Fullerton on Feb.10,2008 was 57/32.Thermal on Jan.5,2009 reported 60/27.With it's micro-climates, California is the most difficult of all the States.It can be 50F at the top of a hill and 40F at the bottom.It is a paradox! Arizona had a great Winter.Phoenix low was Dec.27,2008 with 51/34. Yuma was 60/36 on Jan 5,2009.Tucson was 59/26 on Dec 28,2008.Many days high 60's and lows mid 40's.Strangely, the afternoon highs were more Easterly with Nogales, Douglas and Tucson showing up as the high in the state when it was almost always Yuma last year. Cooling and Heating degrees from NWS show the real profile.Using a base of 65F,the number of cooling degrees shows the number of degrees the median temperature exceeded 65F and presumably computes the necessity of air conditioning.In Dec/2008,the Cooling degrees were reported as follows: Key West-201- 32 degrees less than normal Miami-219- 25 degrees warmer than normal West Palm-154- 6 degrees less Ft Myers-121- 2 degrees less Orlando-74- normal Brownsville-98- 18 degrees warmer Laredo-57- 27 degrees warmer San Antonio-26- 11 degrees warmer Houston-38- 13 degrees warmer New Orleans-69-40 degrees warmer Los Angeles-0- 4 degees less San Diego-0-1 degree less Phoenix-0-normal Heating Degrees from NWS in Dec/2008,in contrast,shows those days when heat was necessary(below 65F median) Key West-1-18 degrees less than normal Miami-6- 35 degrees less West Palm-46 degrees less Ft Myers-39- 61 degrees less Orlando-88- 86 degrees less Brownnsville 140- 46 degrees less Laredo-187- 93 degrees less San Antonio-332- 59 degrees less Houston-322- 45 degrees less New Orleans-242- 90 degrees less Los Angeles-310- 76 degrees above normal San Diego-253- 22 degrees above normal Phoenix-273- 45 degrees less Interestingly,December was not bad for Florida and virtually all sites except California were warmer than normal. Things change in a major way in the NWS run for Jan 1,2009-Feb.7,2009. Starting first with cumulative cooling numbers: Key West-151-63 degrees less cooling than normal Miami-131- 35 degrees less West Palm -80- 57 degrees less Ft Myers-66- 52 degrees less Orlando-26- 50 degrees less Brownsville-95- 27 degrees more cooling time than normal Laredo-70- 31 degrees more San Antonio- 21 - 14 degrees more Houston-20- 15 degrees more New Orleans-30- 12 degrees more Los Angeles-2- 2 degrees more Phoenix-17- 15 degrees more The NWS Heating Degree run from Jan.i2009-Feb.7,2009 is also interesting: Key West-62- 17 degrees more heating than normal Miami-88- 20 degrees more West Palm-202- 29 degrees more Ft Myers-279- 62 degrees more Orlando-526- 100 degrees more Brownsville-306-200 degrees less heating than normal Laredo-386- 383 degrees less San Antonio-841- 327 degrees less Houston-886- 222 degrees less New Orleans 837-181 degrees less Los Angeles-617- 70 degrees less San Diego-510- 119 degrees less Phoenix-523-313 degrees less This year it looks like Brownsville was more comparable to Ft Myers than the Tampa,Orlando,Daytona corridor.Louisiana was definitely warmer than normal.Arizona was also warmer and Phoenix and Yuma did not record a freeze.California had a hot run from Jan-11-22 and Los Angeles and San Diego had substantially less heating necessity than normal(LA-617;SD-510) Santa Monica recorded a low of only 40F and as best I can tell most area's did not hit 32F. As cold as Florida was this year,even a warm year in Brownsville cannot touch South Florida numbers. Miami,which was 88 in the South Florida cold frame of Jan.1/Feb7 required substantially less heat than Brownsville at 306.Actually,this was as sweet a Winter I can remember in South Florida for some time.I feel very bad for those pushing the edges in other areas of Florida that suffered damage to sensitive foliage.I hope your recovery is quick and complete. What you look for is what is looking Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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