Daily Archives: January 11, 2010

Cold Snap Has A Bright Side

In an earlier post I wrote about invasive species that inhabit south Florida. Among them are iguanas which are a real problem. Currently we are in the middle of the longest cold wave since 1927. The Sun-Sentinel, our local paper here in Fort Lauderdale reported, “Overnight temperatures in Miami dropped to 36 degrees, and West Palm Beach saw a low of 33, both shattering records set in 1927.”

Now I know that’s not earth shattering to most people around the world. I regularly check out the Cape Cod Times, a newspaper I worked for as a general assignment reporter back in 1964, and in the middle of the afternoon yesterday the temperature in Hyannis was 17! (One reason I headed south, and the temperatures HERE in Fort Lauderdale recently are the reason I’m retiring to Panama.)

One positive result of the cold snap is what it’s doing to the iguana population. There were stories that when the temperatures drop into the low forties the iguanas, which are reptiles and depend on the sun to maintain their body temperatures become comatose and fall out of the trees. Well, it’s true. When I was walking my dog, Penny, yesterday, I found this under a tree in an alley way we walk through…

And today, when I went out to start the engines on my boat because I have a prospective buyer, this is what I found…

I’m sure the cold didn’t get all of them, but the fewer the better.

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