Unusually cool

By: bell32ndst , 5:09 PM GMT on January 13, 2013

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It has been cooler than normal in Phoenix the last couple of days, and is forecast to remain so for the next two. The low here yesterday morning and this morning was 19 degrees. The coldest is supposed to be tomorrow morning. Might get down to the lowest temperature I've seen here, 15 degrees.

This morning when I picked a tangelo and ate it, the flesh was like a slurpee. Orange slush. This is the heavy bearing year for the minneola, wonder if I'll lose the crop. Frosts like this have caused some die back in the past, but the fruit hasn't been destroyed.

I used to go through winters without any covering on exposed water spigots in the yard. Until one winter it froze so hard I lost several ball valves when the water in them froze hard enough to split the brass casing. Since then I cover everything starting in early December.

Too bad we can't save this cold for use next summer. Maybe someone will come up with a heat storage device so we can save the heat in the summer for use in winter, and vice versa. I can imagine how wonderful it would be to have a July day in the house right now, and a January day in August.

I have a capulin (catalina?) cherry, and it has begun setting fruit. Must be getting the required chilling with the winters getting colder, especially in the overnight lows. Peaches and apricots already do great here, my trees used to be loaded with fruit. But the woodpeckers would put a single peck in all the fruits as they started ripening on the ripest spot and ruin the fruit, so I removed them. Curse those people that have saguaros in their yards (the woodpeckers live in the saguaros). Technically they aren't woodpeckers but sapsuckers. They attack the citrus also, but there they just put a hole in the fruit so the fruit flies will colonize it, and then they eat the flies. So they spoil about a quarter of the fruit on the tree. And they rarely touch grapefruit. I suspect the bitter oils in the rind must cling to their beak.

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