Recent scientific research by Atmospheric and Environmental Research, a Verisk Analytics company suggests the reason that February is turning cold in Florida relates to snowfall in Siberia last October.
No one is really sure how this works yet, or indeed if it definitely works at all, but this year seems to be bearing out the theory. The idea is that rapidly spreading October snows in Northern Eurasia result in freezing periods in the eastern United States and Western Europe several months later.
If it does turn out to be correct then this may well be helpful for farmers in the future. Growers of citrus and strawberries in particular in Florida need plentiful supplies of water to nurse their crops through a freeze.
Seeing rapid snowfall developing in Eurasia in the later months of the year, growers could take steps to ensure they have access to sufficient water and equipment to get them through a cold snap later on.
The study was presented in late January 2012 at the American Meteorological Society meeting in New Orleans.