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  1. Thanks for the link, Daryl. I’m still baffled over that 5-ft thick ice you describe. Even our summer swamps of the pure liquid stuff down here in the Everglades don’t get any deeper than 2 feet. BTW: Great travel fares into Ft Myers for anyone who needs to dethaw for a week or two. But Extreme Warning: Our cold fronts can sometimes drop daytime highs below 70 degrees, so bring your heavy boots! :^)

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    Each lake is different, but many lakes are 40 plus feet deep at their deepest point, so ice thicknesses of 3-5 feet is quite common and of course can get thicker depending on the winter and snow conditions on top of the ice. I grew up on a lake that was only 12 feet deep at its deepest point, so fish kill was very common after cold winters as there just wasn’t any oxygen left. They put in an aerator in recent years that has almost eliminated that problem which is nice when I get back “home”.

  3. Interesting. I used that Fargo freeze graph in a presentation to our volunteers today, many of whom are visiting from up north. The topic of the talk was “Does Florida Winter Exist: Do we have winter, is it a season … and why we wear heavy boots anyway.” They seemed to like it, although they were hoping to hear a talk about water. :^)

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    I certainly think everyone has a winter. It’s of course, just different numbers (temperatures) and your definition of winter in south Florida is perfect. But having frost in south Florida is certainly worthy of being called winter to me!

  5. On a physiological level, the cold air is equally biting from its dryness, which is a big change from the higher moisture levels we are acclimated to. The cold and damp day that followed our last deep burst of arctic air felt refreshing (to me) in comparison.

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