Florida Freezer has a history of problems with citrus groves, vegetable crops

Florida Freezer has a history of problems with citrus groves, vegetable crops

Ted Burrows, St. Lucie Historical Society

Florida Freezer has a history of problems with citrus groves, vegetable crops

A lot of bitter Arctic air penetrated through the Florida panhandle and down the peninsula. First, a series of slate-gray clouds brought stinging rain showers or freezing showers. Then came the deadly cold.

Snow fell as far south as Tampa and lingered on the ground for three days in Tallahassee. The icy breath of winter swept across the hills of central Florida, searching south across Lake Okeechobee.

For decades afterwards, Floridians would remember this simply as “The Great Freeze.” In fact, it came as two separate cold waves, nature’s wild one-two strokes in the winter of 1894-95. It changed life in Florida radically and permanently.

Florida Weather:How to handle frozen iguanas when the temperature drops to the 40s

Snow in Florida! What you need to know about the weather in Sunshine State

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.