Friday, December 6, 2013

Freezing, Snow and Navel Oranges

I don't even know what to write, this is how my week began

and this is how it's ending. 

 Yes that's snow, and we have had snow here on the farm in years past, 
so... it could happen.   Chico is about 25 miles up the road, but their weather
 is not far off of ours.  Usually, freezing in the valley pushes warm air up to us, 
here in the "Banana Belt".   But when we get this kind of freezing day after day, 
for hours on end, there is no warm air left to push. I realize that compared to 
weather in other parts of the county and for my friends in the far north,
 this is short sleeve weather.   But!!!  if your raising Citrus,  It's Hell.

We've been turning on the water during the night hours, it keeps the air
 moving and ups the temperature....... a little bit.   It your lucky it will safe 
the fruit, now we just trying to save the trees.  I had a pipe blow the other
 night, but it's to cold to fix it properly, with out breaking more.  
Any port in a storm.

This is how the tree above the brake looked, 
makes for pretty pictures and a lot of heart ache.


lisa said...

Oh my, hope things don't get worse. I will be thinking about you!

Tj or Mark said...

I can remember back when we farmed in the Central Valley. Nights of worry and keeping the water on and we didn't have citrus, just nuts. Hang in there. We had a sprinkling of snow too, but it doesn't bother cows much. :-)

Terry and Linda said...

Oh! My GOSH!!! I grew up on a 160 acres fruit orchard...I SO understand! MAGIC THOUGHTS FOR WARM AIR AND SOON!
¸.•*¨*•♪♫♫♪Merry Christmas ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥