“Closed door” winter

It’s not often that people get sick of the cold in Naples, Florida …

But this winter they have.

“We’ve barely been able to keep our (office) doors open all dry season,” one colleague sighed, calling it “a shame.”

Others have been waxing nostalgically about the “summer warmth!”

So how cold has it been?

By my calculation, about twice as cold as last year.

Last year we had twenty days that didn’t break above 70° F compared to over forty this year.

In terms of number of days that didn’t rise above 70° F and nights that fell below 45° F, this year falls a notch short below the winter of 1994-1995.

And at least in Naples, instances of sub-45° F nights appear to have been a more common occurrence in the eighties.

Finding a resident who live in Florida back then is hard enough,

Let alone getting them to remember.

“It’s been about as cold as it can get here in Naples” the longest standing resident of our neighborhood declared. “And definitely a lot colder than last winter for sure,” he added on …

Before ending strongly and definitively:

“But nowhere close to an Ohio winter!”

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