Don't Worry, Miami, It Only Looks Like The Mayan Apocalypse Outside

Miami awoke this morning to howling winds, eerie, greenish sunlight and skidding clouds, and suddenly remembered, "Oh yeah, today is the Apocalypse, isn't it?" Then we chugged some whiskey, grabbed our End Times shotguns, logged on for one last Facebook update ... and woah, hey, the rest of the world is reporting that the Mayans were actually full of crap.

Turns out it just looks like Armageddon in Miami this morning. Blame a wicked cold front that's ushering in an honest-to-god freeze watch tonight. Which, for most Miamians, may as well be the Apocalypse.

Perhaps what that Mayan calendar really meant is "Dec. 21, 2012 will be a truly crappy day in Miami." Great prediction, guys!

Forecasters are calling for winds gusting up to 25 mph all day as that arctic front spirals southward. By tonight, temperatures should dip into the 40s, but a wind chill will leave Dade and Broward feeling like the 30s. The freeze warning stays in effect into Saturday morning.

As for that Mayan Apocalypse, hasn't happened. To be fair, they didn't specify what time of day the fiery hellscape will descend upon Earth, so maybe we have to wait until midnight to be sure?

"Wait until the dawn on the 22nd; that is when we Maya will speak," says Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Guatemalan activist Rigoberta Menchu.

At the very least, you'll need to dig out your knit cap by then. Damn you, Mayans!

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Tim Elfrink is a former investigative reporter and managing editor for Miami New Times. He has won the George Polk Award and was a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.
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