Southerners Paralyzed As Temperatures Drop Below 70 Degrees Overnight
It has been the kind of summer that is so hot, it lulls you into a sleep. This might partially explain what happened Friday night in the southern region of the United States. As Southerners slept, a cold front moved in and destroyed a season's worth of azaleas, daylilies, and any other garden plant or flower that needs warmth to grow.
"It has been over 95 for 43 straight days," states Lauralu Bentley, of Charleston, SC. "Even at night it has hung around 85. We just weren't prepared for it to dip to 68. I hadn't heard any cold weather warnings. I hadn't even watched the weather forecast for a month. I woke up this morning, looked out the window and saw my beautiful garden was frozen. I quickly threw on my hoodie and ran outside. I had shorts on and nearly froze to death as I looked at the damage. It may be a total loss."
Ernie Freeman, in Jacksonville, Florida had a different perspective. "My tomato and pepper plants are a total loss. I will say that my lettuce is looking strong this morning. I feel for those who didn't have any winter vegetables planted."
Skip Waters, a meteorologist in Birmingham, Alabama feels bad that people were not prepared. "It was touch and go. We were watching the weather models over the last few days. We knew it could dip below 70. But we didn't want to cause mass hysteria. Kroger and Piggly Wiggly simply aren't prepared for the cold rush in July. At the end of the day, we sent out a text alert in the middle of the night. It was too little, too late. Who knew it would ever drop to 65 in July?"
Public School officials in Greensboro, NC have cancelled summer school classes for Monday as the temps aren't supposed to get out of the 80s until Tuesday or Wednesday.
Presbyterian Church leaders in Georgia are recommending congregations cancel services for Sunday so as to not put drivers at risk in case there is a heavy dew along with the dangerously cold temperatures.
The North Dakota Red Cross already has blankets, milk, and bread on trucks heading to the deep South.
Lauralu is trying to keep a sense of humor about the whole ordeal. "My kids love the movie Frozen. While my 8-year old was sipping her hot chocolate this morning, I heard her say, 'That Elsa sure got us good this time... bless her heart.'"