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Planet Harmony’s Latara Bailey expected a warm greeting when she moved from her chilly hometown, Detroit to warm and sunny Tallahassee for college. But was surprised by an unusual cold snap. Here's her story about Florida’s weird weather.

Latara Bailey: Before I moved to Tallahassee for college, my family, friends and I thought the sunshine state was just that- bright and warm. But now I think Florida might need to change their nickname to the bright and cold state. October 2009 brought unexpected weather change my way. Temperatures were fluctuating wildly, which could have been a sign of climate change.

I mean temperatures all over Florida were high at the beginning of October and then dropped drastically during the middle of the month. Tallahassee temperature fell to 36 degrees F. Tallahassee’s weather did not only feel as cold as Detroit, but was only 1 degree behind Detroit’s lowest recorded temperature in October! I thought I had escaped the cold by leaving Detroit, but I began to realize that majority of the United States was going through the same weather changes Florida encountered.

Floridians were surprised by the low temperatures, but I was really surprised. I hadn’t packed for this. My fellow North Floridians and I had to buy coats to stay warm. North Floridians were without electricity last year due to broken pipes from the low temperatures.

We weren’t the only ones left out in the cold. Florida wildlife was also suffering. The cold weather started killing off Florida manatees, sea turtles, crocodiles and other sea animals. According to Florida fish and wildlife, Manatees have been among the hardest hit, with over 200 killed in January alone. Manatees can experience what is known as cold stress syndrome, which can be potentially lethal when they are exposed to water below 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degree Celsius) for long periods of time.

We, humans, are doing this to our planet. Think about it. Driving our cars makes us responsible for over a quarter of America’s greenhouse gas emissions. And that’s just one of the daily activities we do to warm our planet. Do we realize any of this? I feel that it is time to change our daily lives to help improve our planet.

I’m trying to help by driving less and playing global warming PSAs on my campus radio show. So let’s take a stand for our planet and make a difference. For living on Earth and Planet Harmony, I’m Latara Bailey.

This is the first in our series from students at Florida A&M University. Stay tuned to the pH for more essays on students' stories on the environment.

Planet Harmony’s Latara Bailey expected a warm greeting when she moved from her chilly hometown, Detroit to warm and sunny Tallahassee for college. But was surprised by an unusual cold snap. Here's her story about Florida’s weird weather.

Latara Bailey: Before I moved to Tallahassee for college, my family, friends and I thought the sunshine state was just that- bright and warm. But now I think Florida might need to change their nickname to the bright and cold state. October 2009 brought unexpected weather change my way. Temperatures were fluctuating wildly, which could have been a sign of climate change.

I mean temperatures all over Florida were high at the beginning of October and then dropped drastically during the middle of the month. Tallahassee temperature fell to 36 degrees F. Tallahassee’s weather did not only feel as cold as Detroit, but was only 1 degree behind Detroit’s lowest recorded temperature in October! I thought I had escaped the cold by leaving Detroit, but I began to realize that majority of the United States was going through the same weather changes Florida encountered.

Floridians were surprised by the low temperatures, but I was really surprised. I hadn’t packed for this. My fellow North Floridians and I had to buy coats to stay warm. North Floridians were without electricity last year due to broken pipes from the low temperatures.

We weren’t the only ones left out in the cold. Florida wildlife was also suffering. The cold weather started killing off Florida manatees, sea turtles, crocodiles and other sea animals. According to Florida fish and wildlife, Manatees have been among the hardest hit, with over 200 killed in January alone. Manatees can experience what is known as cold stress syndrome, which can be potentially lethal when they are exposed to water below 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degree Celsius) for long periods of time.

We, humans, are doing this to our planet. Think about it. Driving our cars makes us responsible for over a quarter of America’s greenhouse gas emissions. And that’s just one of the daily activities we do to warm our planet. Do we realize any of this? I feel that it is time to change our daily lives to help improve our planet.

I’m trying to help by driving less and playing global warming PSAs on my campus radio show. So let’s take a stand for our planet and make a difference. For living on Earth and Planet Harmony, I’m Latara Bailey.

This is the first in our series from students at Florida A&M University. Stay tuned to the pH for more essays on students' stories on the environment.

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