Tuesday night (21 January) was officially cold. Well, cold for us Miamians, anyway. We’re accustomed to the heat, okay?
But no one felt the cold as strongly as our faithful iguana population, who were the focal point of yesterday’s “blizzard”. It even prompted an unexpected warning from the National Weather Service. [Main Image: John Cobb, Unsplash].
Jan 21 – This isn’t something we usually forecast, but don’t be surprised if you see Iguanas falling from the trees tonight as lows drop into the 30s and 40s. Brrrr! #flwx #miami pic.twitter.com/rsbzNMgO01
— NWS Miami (@NWSMiami) January 21, 2020
Yes, as the temperatures dipped to 41 degrees, the iguanas were forced into their temporary winter stealth mode. When it becomes too cold for the cold-blooded lizards we’re used to seeing roaming Miami, they undergo a form of paralysis cold stun. This caused an iguana-shower throughout the night with many waking up to the lizards scattered across the sidewalks.
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— Alfred Spellman (@AlfredSpellman) January 22, 2020
Thankfully, the downpour of iguanas should just be waking up with just a hazy head. Temperatures later hopped back up to a far more reasonable 70 Degrees. We hope they, along with the freezing Miamians, feel brave enough to venture back out into the cold after this unexpected taste of real-life winter.
See you back at the beach, lizard friends!