For Christ's sake, Florida

Categories: Weather, Winter
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Nicholas Kozel for City Pages
Everything is relative, apparently.
Today, the Tampa Bay Times broke the news that the St. Petersburg's First Friday block party has been canceled because of bitterly cold weather.

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Temperatures in the area are plummeting... all the way down to a low of 45.

"Because of the cold weather, tonight's First Friday St. Pete event has been canceled," the city of Tampa Bay wrote on its Facebook page.

Meanwhile, in Minneapolis, PETA-supporting ladies wearing lettuce bikinis did their thing on the Nicollet Mall yesterday while temperatures were about 50 degrees colder than they will be in Florida tonight.

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Nicholas Kozel

If it hits 45 degrees here anytime soon, you can bet patios will open and people will take to the streets and trails as though they've been locked up inside for years. But in Florida, everything shuts down.

We don't know whether we should pound our chests in commemoration of our Minnesotan toughness, or move, to be honest.

h/t -- Abby Simons

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Autumn L'heureux
Autumn L'heureux

Yup. Sounds right. They freak out if it hits 50..whilst it does feel quite a bit cooler when u r used to 80+ it's hardly bitterly cold..

Josh Watters
Josh Watters

Jennifer Zoubek, that's cold for us! Pretty sad they canceled stuff for 50 degrees though

Tim Smith
Tim Smith

45,,, I would be laying out......

Linda Anderberg
Linda Anderberg

If you are used to high humidity and warmer temps most of the year, 45 degrees is cold. Warm to us but freezing to them. When we visit from the north, the temps feel tropical for us. I'll wear sandals and the locals will be wearing winter coats.

Chris Coffman
Chris Coffman

Yea First Friday. I used to live there and 45° is freezing.

SellisPinellas
SellisPinellas

Move to FL!   I will be happy to help you find a home here.  Not all native Floridians are wimps - I tent camped last night in 41 degrees. suesellspinellas.com

Larry Red
Larry Red

Acclimation, people. 45° actually feels a LOT colder to those acclimated to a climate where just a week or so ago it was about 80°. Cell membranes take several weeks to change the their biochemistry in order to get used to a temperature

Brandon Lancour
Brandon Lancour

Lindsey shut up! Erik you're ignorance is shining through like a beacon of idiocy

Erik Karlsson
Erik Karlsson

It is not more humid in Minnesota than in in florida, EVER! We are on a peninsula surrounded by extremely warm water, and Minnesota is surrounded by.... land. end of story.

Jill Stockholm
Jill Stockholm

It's cold to those of us that live in a state that is warm/hot 9 months out of the year.

Tracy Winjum Schmitz
Tracy Winjum Schmitz

Does everything sarcastic need to be put in a special font to avoid offending people?

Bob B Bopp
Bob B Bopp

Florida, land of the pussies. Take their hockey team away!

Craig Viknx
Craig Viknx

Our Florida cold is below 70 F lol when I lived in Mpls, below 40 F & bitter below 0, here in Fl. it is 40 F lol

Daniel Derasmo
Daniel Derasmo

Why on Earth would you expect professionalism from this blog? I feel like you have some unrealistic expectations. This isn't MinnPost. You've basically picked up a Maxim magazine and now you're complaining that it's not the New York Times.

Amanda Rucker
Amanda Rucker

Okay, I'm a die-hard Midwesterner and lived in Michigan for most of my life before moving down to Central Florida in 2005. Florida does temporarily get brisk from about late-November all the way through about late-January/early-February, but I, too, used to scoff at the "cold" weather complaints of Floridians at the onset of a little chill . . . at least until, after about four years in, something within me changed. Suddenly, I had "adapted" to the excruciatingly hot sub-tropical summers of Florida, but could no longer withstand a comforting late-night natural summertime breeze during a trip to visit my dad in Detroit. Fast forward a couple more years, and chilly weather is even more difficult for me to cope with. I've heard that your blood thins, and the acclimation of a new climate changes you greatly--but my hat remains off to anyone up there braving the bitter bite of a true winter. I am completely obsessed with The Twin Cities, and my husband and I would move there if EVER we decided to relocate northward, but it sure as heck would take a great amount of adjusting, and my joints and skin wouldn't really appreciate it.

Mike Dols
Mike Dols

Gives an entire new meaning when ordering a crab salad.

LauraJune
LauraJune

@marissasuiter What a bunch of wimps. I'd love to see their reactions to the weather we're expecting Monday.

Lindsey Clarke
Lindsey Clarke

When you grow up directly on the Gulf on a beach it is never too early for cabin fever. But man, that 10 degrees feels like light coat weather compared to -10. I'll take it.

Tammy Belka
Tammy Belka

It's too early for cabin fever, Hun. Please wait til mid-February.

Nathan Miller
Nathan Miller

You'll be okay, Lindsey Clarke. This, too, shall pass.

Lindsey Clarke
Lindsey Clarke

I live in Minneapolis and am in Georgia right now. This morning it was colder than it is in Minneapolis right now. I tried to get away and failed lol

Tammy Gregerson
Tammy Gregerson

Regardless of everyone's personal opinion and rants on this article. I think it's hilarious!! 45 would be a heat wave here!

Alberto Panelli
Alberto Panelli

Heck, if the temperature here rose to 20, you'd see the people in the street without hats, scarf, gloves and open coats, if any!

Lindsey Clarke
Lindsey Clarke

I probably shouldn't expect a news blog to be professional nowadays anyway. Especially not when they make it a monthly thing to hate on other parts of the world because here is obviously the best.

Lindsey Clarke
Lindsey Clarke

Slapped together in 20 minutes in an effort to mindlessly bash a place for a quick "yeah, we are better"? Yes I do realize that.

kelly.roberts19
kelly.roberts19

Um, we have lakes here in Minnesota, Erika. Many lakes.  In fact, we have many many many lakes, which is why our license plate logo says "Land of 10,000 Lakes", but it's closer to 11,000.  We call Minneapolis "The City of Lakes" because we have so many lakes. We also have many, many, many rivers aside from the Mississippi River. In addition we border the largest fresh water lake on the planet, Lake Superior.   I'm not sorry to tell you this, I take pleasure in calling out you and your overt ignorance. And now you look like the babbling idiot that you are.  End of story. (kelly takes a bow to a round of applause)

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Teams.

marissasuiter
marissasuiter

@LauraJune I don't think they could fathom subzero temps. I imagine Floridians thinking its the apocalypse.

jacob.marek
jacob.marek

@kelly.roberts19 I've also lived in both Minneapolis and Miami and it is far, far more humid in FL than in MN.  To compare 11,000 lakes, even Superior (the coldest of the Great Lakes) to the warm waters of the Gulf, Caribbean, Atlantic, AND the Everglades surrounding S.Florida is comparing Minnesota apples and Florida oranges.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@kelly.roberts19 I've lived in both - FL is way more humid than MN - it's not even close. I prefer going through a few days here and there of extreme cold in MN than put up with day after day of stifling humidity in FL. All of our lakes probably contribute somewhat but that's nothing like being completely surrounded by water. I'd watch calling other ignorant when you don't have your own facts straight. Go look at the National Weather databases for the 2 states and get back to us.

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