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Sun., Jan. 10, 2010, 12:45 p.m.

Freezing in the fruit basket…

AP Photo of Florida orange crop freezing on the trees (Chris O'meara / Associated Press)
AP Photo of Florida orange crop freezing on the trees (Chris O'meara / Associated Press)

Good morning, Netizens...

Icicles cling to oranges Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, in Lakeland, Fla. Farmers spray their crops to help protect them against the cold temperatures. Temperatures in the area dipped into the mid-20's, and farmers are working to salvage millions of dollars' worth of strawberries and other crops.

(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

At 5:00 AM approximately I stepped outside onto the front porch to better view weather conditions, as I have grown sick of listening to the litany of grim news from the Southeastern United States, and got another good taste of life in the Pacific Northwest—Part2. Yesterday, in a moment of random madness I slipped on the street pavement and slid about ten feet on my ample derriere, so I was prepared for the slick bit of wild living this morning. No sliding on my butt this time, no sir.

However, what none of us in Spokane may be ready for is that the citrus fruit crops in Georgia and Florida may have taken a substantial hit this winter as a percentage of the crops in Florida are already toast. In a year when all of us are counting our pennies in the Piggy Banks, this comes as just another hit in our pocketbooks.

Matters in the Southeast are due to moderate in the next 48 hours, just as they are expected to moderate from freezing rain/ice/snow here to rain in the middle of the week.


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