National Weather Service accurately forecasts iguanas falling from trees
A fallen Florida iguana. Image: eric blake By Mark Kaufman2020-01-22 18:27:55 UTC Weather prediction has become increasingly excellent. For example, the National Weather Service forecast, with astonishing accuracy, rainfall totals from Hurricane...
And the weather agency can forecast falling iguanas, too.
On Tuesday afternoon the National Weather Service office in Miami tweeted "...don't be surprised if you see Iguanas falling from the trees tonight as lows drop into the 30s and 40s. Brrrr!" Chilly temperatures often temporarily stun cold-blooded iguanas, meaning the ubiquitous southern Florida reptiles fall from trees.
The forecast was spot on. Denizens of South Florida found knocked-out iguanas around the region.
Verified the iguana warning and the wind chill advisory! Definitely not your average day in South Florida this morning. No records broken, however. The coldest temperatures for Jan 22 was back in 1985! Miami had a low of 30 and Fort Lauderdale had a low of 29. #flwx https://t.co/D8AnmAgvS5
— NWS Miami (@NWSMiami) January 22, 2020
A mass of cold air, called a cold front, had moved into South Florida. It was chilly, but it didn't nearly break any records. Even with a low of 40° [Fahrenheit], we were 11° shy of breaking the record low for the date...so nothing too crazy," Brian McNoldy, a senior research associate at University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, said over email.
"However, you have to go back to December 2010 to find a colder temperature," he added.
McNoldy didn't yet spot any knocked-out iguanas. But these folks, including local journalists, reported finding them:
HERE IT IS — Raining iguanas! South Florida cold temps have frozen up the green invasive reptile and they are falling from the sky