Florida just went through its coldest December ever breaking records set in 1935.
The Sunshine State lost $273 million from the December freezes alone—including nearly 9,000 acres of crops.
CBS Miami reported:
If you thought it was especially cold in December, it’s not just your imagination. The facts prove it, according to the National Weather Service, which announced Saturday that December 2010 set a record as the coldest December ever in Ft. Lauderdale. Miami, and Key West.
Forecasters say December was also the second coldest month ever in Key West.
A series of arctic cold fronts put South Florida into the deep freeze, with frost on the ground, crops damaged, and people forced to bundle up to face wind chills in the 20′s. While temperatures were unusually chilly as far south as Key West, where a one day overnight low record was set, Ft. Lauderdale, experienced the lowest low temperatures, giving them the nod for the record. However, even Miami and warmer Key West were still cold as records go.
Of course, a record low in Florida is not the same as a record low in the frozen Northeast. According to the weather service, the mean monthly average for Ft. Lauderdale in December was 60.4 degrees. That breaks the previous record of 62.2 degrees set in December 1935.
The Sister Cities relationship between Sarasota and Vladimir was officially signed in March, 1994. On October 29, 1994, City of Sarasota Mayor Nora Patterson led a delegation to Vladimir for the first official signing of the partnership agreement.
In April of 1995, a year that marked the Millenium Anniversary of the City of Vladimir, Mayor Igor Shimov of Vladimir led a large delegation for the official signing in Sarasota.
In the photo above, standing are Vladimir delegates; General Howard Crowell, Rotary International of Sarasota; Fyodor Lavrov (center right), and colleagues of Rotary Club Vladimir; SCAS City Director Steve Briggs (far left). Seated, from left, are Deputy Mayor Elena Potapova; Mayor of Sarasota David Merrill, President Hope Byrnes of Sister Cities Association of Sarasota.