Well, Sue, Florida isn't too warm right now. Maybe not cold by your standards but we're down in the 40's tonight in Port St. Lucie and that's right chilly to this ol' Florida girl. It had warmed up into nighttime 60's-70's but we're in the 40's now. A couple of weeks ago we had 8 or 9 days in a row of really cold (for us) weather... down to freezing. Of course, we lost a lot of vegetation and crops but it affected our marine life quite drastically, too; hundreds of fish killed and several manatees, too. Sad to see. I'm a native Floridian and I've never seen the cold weather affect the animal life the way it has this year.
We heard about y'alls cold weather up here! I was feeling very bad for all my Florida gardener friends...you all are so used to keeping tropical plants so healthy and happy year round (something I am envious of) but mother nature played a trick this year! I sure hope it all works out ok with not too much more monetary loss and no more living things for sure!
Since there's a possible bee disaster, this thread should look into the many threads about what REALLY is going on with bees.
The bee keepers are 'farming' out their bees from up north to pollinate the crops down south and in CA and the lack of the needed rest period for them is stressing them to the point of making them susceptible to disease.
Just my opinion, unsupported by my local beekeeper. But I've thought for a few years that bee colony collapse is happening because radio wave transmission has reached such proportions, that bee's radar is disrupted, and they simply cannot find their way back to the colonies. It's one of the sad prices of progress. Before cell phones and pernicious excess radar (including ELF's) running thru everything, bee colonies had other diseases to contend with, but this one takes the cake, or honeycomb, maybe. They've simply had their bee radar flummoxed by man's desire to communicate, just as bees always have. Think about that. Ace