Anyone who happened to watch the spring training game yesterday in Clearwater, Florida between the Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays saw the fans bundled up in winter coats as afternoon temperatures were in the low 50’s along with a screaming northerly wind at 25-30 mph. Indeed, this was record-breaking cold in Clearwater as well as in much of the Deep South from Texas to Florida. In fact, the following numerous Floridian cities either broke or tied their record low temperatures during the past 24 hours: Key West, Eglin, Cocoa Beach, Titusville and Lakeland. In what has to be a pretty rare coincidence, there was also record-breaking cold in Alaska at the same time as in the Deep South with the following numerous Alaskan cities either breaking or matching their daily record low temperatures: Fairbanks, Minchumina, Kake, Wainwright, Wasilla, Kenai and Homer. All in all, quite an impressive and expansive cold air outbreak for late March. Also, snow cover on March 25th covered about 48 percent of the country compared to 8 percent one year ago.
By the way, the cold didn't stop the Phillies offense as they scored 10 runs.