Posted by Kevin midTN on January 6, 2018, 7:13 pm
Check out the cold in eastern North Carolina and Virginia. I would guess from some snowpack. Also, notice the 25'F just north of Tampa, which must be a cold hole in that part of Florida because I notice that station's cold a lot. Kevin midTN
Alligators chilling in the cold around the Great Dismal Swamp
Posted by Rob North Tennessee on January 6, 2018, 7:48 pm, in reply to "today's lows..."
Looked like below zero temps around the great swamp that borders NC-VA and treacherous lows from Winston Salem eastward and all along the coast. That cold pocket your reporting in Florida looks to be around the Brooksville-Crystal River area. That 24* along the coast just north of there looks to be mostly east of Gainesville and a 22* at Tallahassee. Wow!
Re: Alligators chilling in the cold around the Great Dismal Swamp
Posted by Ken on January 6, 2018, 9:24 pm, in reply to "Alligators chilling in the cold around the Great Dismal Swamp"
It's not uncommon for the Brooksville area to drop into the mid teens. I think after Crestview in the panhandle it's usually the cold spot of the peninsula. Gainesville area can get cold too, it's probably border line 8b-9a. All time low there was 10F in I think '89, plus being in the center of the state it doesn't get on shore breezes from the gulf or the Atlantic so it's a misery in summer. Coldest I saw Sanford, where my son lives was 30F on the fourth, there were 4 hours at or below freezing. The temps are recorded at the airport, not far from where he lives. It's been many years since hes had a real freeze there, mostly just light frost.
Posted by David VA on January 6, 2018, 9:46 pm, in reply to "Re: Alligators chilling in the cold around the Great Dismal Swamp"
Yes. That part of the Orlando area is lower in elevation and closer to the Atlantic which helps. I've seen low 30s there before and on a couple of rare occasions, they have seen upper 20s. But like you said, not recently. My sister lives near Sanford also. She's not too far from the Sanford Airport on the south side of Lake Jesup. She has taught for Seminole County schools for years and years. That airport is really convenient for us because a small airport near us has two commercial flights. One of them just happens to go to the Sanford Airport. It's a lot closer and less hectic than the Orlando Airport.
Posted by Rob North Tennessee on January 6, 2018, 10:07 pm, in reply to "Re: Alligators chilling in the cold around the Great Dismal Swamp"
yeah and even Panama City, Tallahassee and Apalachicola can go freezing in winter! Gainesville is so miserable in the summer. It can get sweltering up around Sanford too!
Posted by Rob North Tennessee on January 6, 2018, 10:14 pm, in reply to "Re: Alligators chilling in the cold around the Great Dismal Swamp"
Sanford use to be such a small and rural place when I lived near Orlando. I cant imagine a major airport there but then again places change and so does populations. Nice you dont have to fight the Intl. airport. Cool tip if flying into that region. David, do people swim in Lake Jesup? Thats a big lake.
Sanford and Lake Jesup
Posted by David VA on January 6, 2018, 11:11 pm, in reply to "Re: Alligators chilling in the cold around the Great Dismal Swamp"
I think the Sanford Airport used to be some type of military airport. It apparently has grown considerably since then. Sanford, as well as the rest of Seminole County, has exploded in the past two decades. There has been a lot of commercial development on the west side of Sanford in the Lake Mary area. Plus, to the south of Lake Jesup, places like Oviedo and Winter Springs have gone crazy. As far as swimming in Lake Jesup, I would not recommend it. It is considered the most alligator invested lake in the state. There's a neat "Old Florida" fish camp restaurant on the lake with a dock you can walk out on. You can see the little alligators swimming around in the water. I have a picture of them near dusk. On the other side of the lake is a public park with alligator warning signs.
Re: today's lows...
Posted by Fred Sc on January 7, 2018, 8:03 am, in reply to "today's lows..."
We weer 14 yesterday, but colder today at 13 unbelievably cold and for such a long period is unusual everywhere I guess.
Florida's biggest gator
Posted by Rob North Tennessee on January 7, 2018, 9:45 am, in reply to "Sanford and Lake Jesup"
Thanks David, the reason I asked is I read a question on TripAdvisor. A new resident near Lake Jesup was asking where she could drop off her children to go swimming there. She seemed like a real air-head and was called a troll by many replying back to her. All telling her what a bad parent she to the lake is home to the largest and meanest population of gators in the state. There are stupid people in our society perhaps and unaware but wanted your opinion as an occasional visitor and non-resident on swimming there. Thanks for affirming that it would be a bad idea unless you wanted to be eaten by a gator! The video below is amazing: 57 seconds
Posted by Jason Western PA on January 7, 2018, 8:10 pm, in reply to "today's lows..."
I had -12 this morning. I was so cold.
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