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MtnBiker
01-16-2007, 04:39 PM
Imagine how much more damage would be done if the earth wasn't a degree or two higher due to man.


Most of California's citrus is frozen

Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO -- Three nights of freezing temperatures have destroyed up to three-quarters of California's $1 billion citrus crop, according to an estimate issued Monday as forecasters warned the weather could continue.


Other crops, including avocados and strawberries, also have suffered damage in the cold snap, agricultural officials said.
"This is one of those freezes that, unfortunately, we'll all remember," said A.G. Kawamura, secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
The latest freeze will likely surpass the damage done by a three-day cold snap in December 1998 that destroyed 85 percent of California's citrus crop, a loss valued at $700 million, Kawamura said.
Overnight temperatures dropped into the teens again early Monday in parts of the San Joaquin Valley, where many of the state's oranges and lemons are grown, according to the National Weather Service. The subfreezing conditions came after a weekend of record lows.
Citrus growers have lost between 50 percent and 75 percent of their crops, said Philip LoBue, a farmer and trade group leader.
"When you're already cutting ice within the oranges, you know those are gone," he said.


http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070116/LOCAL17/701160382/-1/ZONES04

And;


Snow, Ice Blanket Midwest

January 14, 2007 9:38 a.m. EST


Nicole King - All Headline News Staff Writer
Springfield, MO (AHN) - Power outages, airport delays and closed highways are just some of the problems being caused by the winter storm that's pounding the mid-west. The storm is expected to continue throughout the weekend, spreading ice and snow from Illinois to Texas.

Authorities say the storm is to blame for at least seven deaths. In Missouri, about 90,000 homes and businesses are without power, especially in the St. Louis area. Power crews worked all night long to catch up with the outages and prepare for additional ice that's expected.

Authorities opened several shelters in Missouri for the homeless, and people with special needs and medical conditions.

Both Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt and Texas Gov. Rick Perry activated the National Guard Saturday. Blunt declared a state of emergency.

The storm is also bringing with it tornadoes. At least 13 homes were damaged in San Marcos, Texas by twisters that also knocked down power lines. More than six inches of rain fell in Central Texas and caused minor flooding.

At Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport, about 300 flights were canceled. There were also cancellations in St. Louis, Kansas City, Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

More than 92,000 people are without power in Oklahoma. Freezing rain, ice and snow blanketed the ground from northwest Oklahoma to Wisconsin.


http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7006134839

And;

Colorado Group Estimates Storm Killed Up To 15,000 Cattle



DENVER (AP)--Up to 15,000 cattle may have been killed by a snowstorm that buried southeastern Colorado under several feet of snow and built drifts up to 15 feet high, a Colorado Cattlemen’s Association official said Monday.

That would be more than four times higher than the 3,500 cattle that state officials estimated were killed, but the smaller number included only range cattle and did not account for thousands of livestock in feedlot pens.

Terry Fankhauser, executive vice president of the state cattlemen’s association, said he estimates between 10,000 and 15,000 cattle died. He said he based his estimate on conversations with ranchers and feedlot owners.

“We’re waiting on pins and needles“ to hear whether ranchers will receive federal disaster aid as requested by the state, Fankhauser said.

State officials have said many ranchers will not have an accurate count of their losses until more snow melts. Fankhauser estimated that up to one-third of ranchers in the area have not located all their cattle.

A storm that hit Dec. 28 left thousands of cattle stranded without food or water in the southeastern part of the state. Colorado National Guard troops used helicopters and large trucks to deliver hay to livestock.

By Monday, many roads had been made passable and ranchers were able to start feeding their own cattle after the second of three snowstorms to hit Colorado in two weeks, said Laura McConnell, a spokeswoman for a state team coordinating relief efforts.

http://http://www.cattlenetwork.com/content.asp?contentid=96380

Someone much smarter than me will point out that global warming is the cause of all of this.

Gunny
01-16-2007, 04:45 PM
Imagine how much more damage would be done if the earth wasn't a degree or two higher due to man.


http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070116/LOCAL17/701160382/-1/ZONES04

And;



http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7006134839

And;


http://http://www.cattlenetwork.com/content.asp?contentid=96380

Someone much smarter than me will point out that global warming is the cause of all of this.

We couold use some global warming here right about now. San Antonio is just about shut down because of ice and who knows where our one snowplow is!:dunno:

MtnBiker
01-16-2007, 04:51 PM
San Antonio is just about shut down because of ice and who knows where our one snowplow is!:dunno:

One snowplow, that's funny! :laugh:

Gaffer
01-16-2007, 05:41 PM
If it wasn't for global warming things would be even worse.

Gunny your snow plow couldn't get out because of the ice, but as soon as it thaws out.....

Gunny
01-16-2007, 06:05 PM
One snowplow, that's funny! :laugh:

Funny, but true. If you live anywhere in the North or Midwest, you'd be laughing your ass off at the knuckleheads here. There's already been over a hundred accidents.

And "the" snowplow is STILL MIA.

Gunny
01-16-2007, 06:06 PM
If it wasn't for global warming things would be even worse.

Gunny your snow plow couldn't get out because of the ice, but as soon as it thaws out.....

:lol:

That's just wrong.

Gaffer
01-16-2007, 06:23 PM
Funny, but true. If you live anywhere in the North or Midwest, you'd be laughing your ass off at the knuckleheads here. There's already been over a hundred accidents.

And "the" snowplow is STILL MIA.

I was in south carolina when a snow storm blew in. I just stayed home and watched the collisions and running off the road into ditches. No plows, no salt or sand. Just people trying to drive like they normally do and "pow". I didn't venture out for two days, i knew better.

Said1
01-16-2007, 07:17 PM
Colder than a bastard up here. Can't you get Bush to turn up the heat. I mean really. Someone light a fire under him, pronto.

KitchenKitten99
01-16-2007, 07:47 PM
Funny, but true. If you live anywhere in the North or Midwest, you'd be laughing your ass off at the knuckleheads here. There's already been over a hundred accidents.

And "the" snowplow is STILL MIA.

yeah we laugh, but it isn't much better here for the first few snowfalls as people get used to driving in it again.

Gunny
01-16-2007, 11:55 PM
yeah we laugh, but it isn't much better here for the first few snowfalls as people get used to driving in it again.

Yeah, there are knucklehead drivers up North, but when I lived there it was my observation that most could get around pretty safely.

Here, the 4X4 owners are all out figuring out that 4-wheel drive works great in snow, but just gives you 4 wheels instead of two without traction on ice. Then there're the ones who don't know what black ice is and think the road looks perfectly fine until they're sudenly spinning at 70 mph. One clown even tried to drive up the hill over here after it iced over. Wouldn't have been so bad except another guy tried to follow him!

All in all, it's been an entertaining day for me!:laugh: