Category Archives: Stories from Paradise

The Florida Keys are beaming with stories. From the history of discovering the island chain, Pirating and sunken treasure, to fish tales and a homeless man becoming Mayor. Our stories from Paradise will only grow over time… just like they sometimes do on what locals call, “The Coconut Telegraph”.

Farmers’ Almanac: Florida Keys warm 2013-14 winter

Florida Keys sunset over Florida bay

Florida Keys sunset over Florida bay

Farmers’ Almanac: Florida Keys warm 2013-14 winter.  Unlike our friends to the north, the Almanac says they can expect “shivery”.  It may be time for residents living north of New England and those new the Great Lakes to plan now for a Florida Keys vacation, say… in about December through March.

Farmers’ Almanac says that after the unusually warm and snowless winter of 2011–2012, many people questioned if winter could make a comeback. Well it did. Last winter was cold and especially snowy.

So, what’s in store for this winter? The “Days of Shivery” are back! 
For 2013–2014, we are forecasting a winter that will experience below average temperatures for about two-thirds of the nation. A large area of below-normal temperatures will predominate from roughly east of the Continental Divide to the Appalachians, north and east through New England. Coldest temperatures will be over the Northern Plains on east into the Great Lakes. Only for the Far West and the Southeast will there be a semblance of winter temperatures averaging close to normal, but only a few areas will enjoy many days where temperatures will average above normal.

Precipitation-wise, the Southern Plains, Midwest, and Southeast will see above-normal conditions, while the rest of the country will average near normal. With a combination of below-normal temperatures and above-normal precipitation the stage will be set for the Midwest, Great Lakes, and Central and Northern New England to receive lots of snow. Farther south, where the thermometer will be vacillating above or below the freezing mark, Southern New England, Southeast New York, New Jersey, and down through the Mid-Atlantic region will be seeing either copious rains and/or snows.

And yet, the Pacific Northwest (or is it “northwet?”) where indeed wet weather is almost a given during the winter months, the overall winter season could average out drier than normal.

Significant snowfalls are forecast for parts of every zone. Over the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, we are “red-flagging” the first ten days of February for possible heavy winter weather. More importantly, on February 2, Super Bowl XLVIII will be played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey’s Meadowlands—the very first time a Super Bowl will be played outdoors in a typically cold weather environment. We are forecasting stormy weather for this, the biggest of sporting venues. But even if we are off by a day or two with the timing of copious wind, rain, and snow, we wish to stress that this particular part of the winter season will be particularly volatile and especially turbulent.

And mid-March could bring a wave of storminess stretching almost from coast to coast, bringing a wide variety of precipitation types as well as strong and gusty winds.

Message in a bottle

marathon072413It was a beautiful July morning in Marathon, better known as the Middle Florida Keys.  Judi, part owner of Glunz Resort, was walking on the beach cleaning up item’s that had washed ashore during the night.  She finds a bottle with a message in it, along with sand and 2 one dollar bills. Once opened they find out that it is in fact NOT sand. It is the ashes of this woman’s husband of 70 years named Gordon. She writes that He loved to travel so she sent him traveling in a bottle with a note and money for someone to call home and tell her where he landed. He started at Big Pine Key in March of 2012 and then went to Islamorada where someone found him. They added a note and sent him traveling again and he landed on Key Colony, just off of Marathon. Judi called the wife in Tennessee who was excited to know of Gordon’s travels! Judi added her note, she put him in a rum bottle (you know added a little fun to his trip) with the three notes. We added another dollar in case Gordon travels far and a long distance call is needed. We will be having a memorial service or celebration of his life on our beach later today before sending him on his way again. Only our sister Judi could find a dead guy on our beach!  And, a message in a bottle!