There are few things more gratifying than hearing friends up north gripe about the weather. On January 12, 2011, Florida was the only state in the Union without snow on the ground. Meanwhile, there are plenty of days when it’s 90 degrees in New York and 85 here. As for the white stuff encroaching on our fair town? In February of 1899, snow was reported in Fort Pierce, but not farther south. Then came the winter of 1977. For states east of the Mississippi, it was the coldest on record. And on January 19, from about 8:30 to 9 AM, snow actually wafted down from the heavens above Miami, landing on the palm trees, beaches and outstretched hands of astonished kids and adults alike. But thankfully, it hasn’t happened since.

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