Bound by ice
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Frozen
Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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An orchard of young almond trees froze during the night, leaving thousands of icicles clinging to the branches in a field off 11th Street near the Lovely Road exit Thursday, Dec. 5.

At 8:50 a.m., sprinklers were still spraying water onto the young trees, which are about 3 feet tall. A layer of ice and mud covered the ground in the orchard.

Many drivers pulled over next to the orchard to photograph the ice-glazed trees through the morning.

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Sneaky
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December 07, 2013
Those are wonderful pictures. It sort of makes you wonder about the validity of the whole global warming hubbub.
AnythingElse?
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December 06, 2013
Excuse my lack of knowledge...does this ruin the whole orchard? Will they not produce fruit now that they have frozen-or will it stunt growth? If so, what a loss for that farmer!
PublicCitizen
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December 06, 2013
The spraying of water on certain crops actually insulates the trees and plants and will hold them at a "cozy" 32 degrees without damaging them when they are dormant. It's the citrus crop that gets affected right now by any (prolonged) freeze because they are producing fruight right now.


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