Bound by ice
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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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December 07, 2013
Those are wonderful pictures. It sort of makes you wonder about the validity of the whole global warming hubbub.
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!
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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