Monday, April 14, 2014

Global warming news: April freeze threatens Midwestern orchards

When I left work this evening I was compelled to brush off an inch of global-warming snow from my car.

But this latest blast of cold air could mean trouble elsewhere in the Midwest.

From AP:
A Mid-April cold front bringing a brief return to sub-freezing weather is creating concerns for growers of apples, peaches, grapes and other fruit in the Midwest.

Temperatures in the 70s and 80s in recent days gave way to highs in the 40s in much of the lower Midwest on Monday, with even colder temperatures on the way. The National Weather Service issued freeze warnings for parts of six states - Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas and Illinois.

The weather service projected low temperatures Monday night and again Tuesday night in the mid- to upper-20s in parts of Kansas, Missouri and Illinois. That could damage peach and apple crops, even grapes for wineries.

"We'll be close to record lows," National Weather Service meteorologist Jayson Gosselin said, predicting the coldest overnight lows in some Missouri and Illinois communities since 1928.
But the planet has a fever, Al Gore tells us.

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