Of course, Florida once again absolutely refuses to conform to the national narrative. Less than two weeks after the National Weather Service issued a "falling iguana" advisory, warning that temperatures here could dip low enough to cause iguanas to freeze and fall from the treetops, the Sunshine State has transformed back into the disgusting swamp it truly is at heart.
Yesterday, Miami hit a high of 86 degrees, while the city of Palm Beach Gardens broke 90. Per University of Miami meteorologist Brian McNoldy, that's nearly a record.
"We were just 3° shy of breaking the record high temperature," McNoldy wrote on Twitter. "This is not normal."
The National Weather Service tweeted, assuringly, that Mother Nature seems to be "a little confused that it's February & not June."
This is isn’t gloating it honest concern about warming and also angst about a potentially miserable summer ahead. Last year was the hottest on record. #weather #ClimateAction #Miami @BMcNoldy https://t.co/CUmbdf02z1— Krishna Komanduri, MD, FASTCT (@drkomanduri) February 15, 2021
Climate change is almost certainly a factor causing both the winter storm plaguing our northern friends and the heat and humidity smothering us in South Florida. So far, February in Miami has been 2.8 degrees warmer than usual, according to NBC6 meteorologist John Morales. Overall, summer temperatures are now hitting us 32 days earlier than they did in 1970.