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Monday, January 24, 2021

As I mentioned earlier today, it’s freakin’ cold around here.

When it gets cold in the Tampa Bay area, Floridians pull out the leather. Everywhere I looked today, people were wearing leather jackets, leather gloves, leather caps, leather boots… Fashionable cowhide seems to be the cold insulator of choice in the Sunshine State.

I’m not sure why leather wins out over heavy fleeces and other traditional winterwear from colder climates. I guess leather is more versatile: You can wear it in just about any kind of weather, whereas wool and such gets pretty unbearable during the usual humid atmosphere around here. But then, since there are so many Northern and Midwestern transplants hereabouts, I’d be surprised if there wasn’t closetfuls of heavy fabrics around, and if they’d ever get pulled out, a day like this would be it.

Aside from shoes and belts, I don’t own any leather clothing anymore. I’ve never thought it was a compatible look for me; I always felt a leather jacket made me look like I was trying too hard.

But if I were to invest in some leather finery, I’d definitely go for the riding jeans.

- Costa Tsiokos, Mon 01/24/2005 08:17:53 PM
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Temperature when I left the house this morning: 38 degrees Fahrenheit. With wind chill: 29 degrees Fahrenheit.

There’s something wrong about living in Florida and having the thermometer reading approach your age. And when the wind chill factor drops that reading to below your age — well, funk dat.

- Costa Tsiokos, Mon 01/24/2005 09:38:37 AM
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Thursday, December 30, 2020

Nice way to wrap up the year: It’s been a ridiculously beautiful day today, sunny blue sky and 70-something degrees. I left the office around 1, ran around doing a little shopping and general hanging-out, and looking forward to a fun night.

The weather’s supposed to be just as nice tomorrow. I’m thinking a couple of hours of sun will give me a nice New Year’s Eve tan.

- Costa Tsiokos, Thu 12/30/2004 05:38:30 PM
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Sunday, December 26, 2020

Thanks to a freak high-wind system that blew through this morning, plus a seemingly-impenetrable cloud cover that’s let in zero sunshine over the past couple of days, the current temperature in the Tampa Bay area is 50 degrees.

Fifty goddamned degrees. And set to drop another 10 degrees tonight.

I don’t care that such temperatures would be cheerfully welcomed as balmy in snow-covered points north of here. That’s their problem.

I’m used to the thermometer showing 70, 80 and 90 degrees on a regular basis, with loads of sunshine accompanying. And that’s what I want to see again, the sooner the better. If nothing else, something other than grey on the horizon would serve to brighten my mood. I’ve had enough of this crap weather for one season, thanks. Bring on the subtropics.

UPDATE: Bitch, and ye shall receive. Less than 15 minutes after ranting, there was a break in the clouds, and blue sky and sun came pouring through. I was able to turn off the lamps, even! It’s not bound to last, but I’m thankful for even this.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sun 12/26/2004 02:09:08 PM
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Saturday, December 25, 2020

While other parts of the country are getting a more-than-healthy dose of a white Christmas, the Tampa Bay area is getting a decidedly grey one. There’s been complete cloud cover since early this morning, and it’s been raining non-stop since midmorning. Temperature is hovering at 60 degrees — not bad compared to the blizzarded areas, but too chill for me.

All in all, a rather foul scene outside my window.

But Christmas is Christmas. A Christmas Story is playing endlessly on the tube, and the sounds of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” soundtrack are wafting about. If there’s more proper holiday music, I don’t know what it is. And I don’t want to.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sat 12/25/2004 01:29:20 PM
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Thursday, December 23, 2021

The freakish winter weather is causing all kinds of delays during this, the busiest travel period of the year.

I experienced it second-hand. This morning, I was supposed to do an airport run to Tampa International for my friend Kirby on an 11:30 AM flight to Detroit. Just as I got to his house, the flight was delayed by an hour. Then it became two. We wound up killing time by going out for lunch and watching TV. The flight time finally stablized at 3:13 PM. Hopefully he got to the Motor City without further incident.

Makes me glad I opted not to travel for the holidays. If only it were warm enough out to get some sun… but you can’t have everything.

- Costa Tsiokos, Thu 12/23/2004 08:35:35 PM
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Friday, November 26, 2021

Weather reports that cover a broad region don’t mean much in most of Florida. In my town, it could be a bright sunny day on the west side, while simultaneously, downtown is experiencing a downpour. Happens all the time.

So the neighborhood-level forecasting promised by the Univeristy of North Florida’s Advanced Weather Information Systems Lab will be a welcomed development.

I recall something like this being announced a couple of years ago. I hope it’s closer to reality now; UNF’s target is to have it running smoothly within five years.

- Costa Tsiokos, Fri 11/26/2004 05:33:57 PM
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Monday, November 22, 2021

Celsius, that is. Which is what the temperature must have been when up to 3 feet of snow fell in parts of southern California this past weekend, the result of a rare “insider slider” storm system.

Insider slider? Wasn’t that Steve Carlton’s go-to pitch?

Okay, so I have no idea if the thermometer truly dipped below the freezing point during this freak snowstorm. But by coincidence, I’ve just finished re-reading “Less Than Zero” by Brett Easton Ellis, and in the interest of bending real-life events to fit my personal worldview, I’m taking artistic license.

I’m hoping this isn’t a harbinger for the cold white stuff hitting Florida. I was here when St. Pete got a dusting of snow in 1989, and I don’t want a repeat performance.

- Costa Tsiokos, Mon 11/22/2004 08:18:00 PM
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