The REALITY of it all is that, even though we travel south for warm weather and all that means in our life, it can be very cold here in Tucson. We have had cactus freeze solid to the core when it stayed below freezing for 2-3 days. Our palms have been frozen and the fronds turned brown.
Locals don't wear shorts in the winter and those of us that plant beautiful flowers are prepared to cover them and provide some warmth.
It is so much fun to watch the local people get bundled up looking like Eskimos and to hear them talk about lighting their fireplaces. It is very exciting for them.
For us...well we are good. It will pass soon. We hope!