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44 Years Ago: Snow Fell In South Florida, First Time In Recorded History

Added 01-19-21 06:29:01pm EST - “Tuesday got off to a slightly chilly start, but nowhere near as chilly as 44 years ago when, for the first time in recorded history, snow fell in South Florida.” - Stlouis.cbslocal.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Stlouis.cbslocal.com: “44 Years Ago: Snow Fell In South Florida, First Time In Recorded History”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Tuesday got off to a slightly chilly start for Miamians, but nowhere near as chilly as 44 years ago when, for the first time in recorded history, snow fell in South Florida.

The National Weather Service in Miami reported: “Residents and visitors were both surprised and thrilled at the rare phenomena, and local newspapers ran headlines which were nearly as big as it would be for major national or world events. Snow was seen across all of Southeast Florida as far south as Homestead and even on Miami Beach. Snow was officially reported by weather observers in West Palm Beach, LaBelle, Hollywood, and Royal Palm Ranger Station in deep South Miami-Dade County.“

Shivering South Floridians, young and old, looked up into the sky in total amazement as flakes landed on their faces. In those early-morning hours, temperatures for the region dipped into the low 30s. But by 9:30 a.m., South Florida’s big snow show was over.

The headline on The Miami News that afternoon screamed: “Snow in Miami!” The next day The Miami Herald’s read: “The Day It Snowed in Miami.”

While South Florida residents, young and old, couldn’t believe their eyes and still remember where they were the day it snowed in South Florida; the cold front that brought the cold temperatures caused severe damage to Florida’s crops. The state’s citrus and vegetable industry were nearly wiped out and some 150,000 migrant workers lost their jobs in the state — including 80,000 in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach. Then-Gov. Reubin Askew declared a state of emergency.

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