Friday, December 25, 2009
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The Associated Press. In this photo released by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Cyndi Livingston, left, watches grandson Michael Walker play with a snorkeling snowman Friday in Summerland Key, Fla. Although temperatures in the Florida Keys on Friday were in the high 70s, about 20 tons of ice were crushed to create snow deposited on the Livingstons' oceanfront property. The family won The Weather Channel's "Guaranteed White Christmas" contest in which entrants submitted videos explaining why their families deserved a white Christmas.
SUMMERLAND KEY, Fla. -- One Florida Keys family got a white Christmas, despite temperatures in the upper 70s.
Almost 20 tons of ice was crushed Friday and spread over the grounds of Howard Livingston's oceanfront home with a high-pressure hose.
Livingston won The Weather Channel's ''Guaranteed White Christmas'' contest. He was chosen from hundreds of contestants who submitted videos explaining why their families deserved a white Christmas.
Wearing shorts and flip-flops, Livingston's neighbors romped in the snow piled under palm trees. His 6-year-old grandson helped build a snowman and pitched snowballs.
There has never been a real recorded snowfall in the Florida island chain since the National Weather Service began keeping records in 1870.