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Cold snap clobbers California citrus crop
SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) -- Three nights of freezing temperatures have destroyed up to three-quarters of California's $1 billion citrus crop, according to an estimate issued Monday as forecasters warned the weather could continue.
Other crops, including avocados and strawberries, also have suffered damage in the cold snap, agricultural officials said.
"This is one of those freezes that, unfortunately, we'll all remember," said A.G. Kawamura, secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
Melbourne power cut by bush fire
Massive power cuts and soaring temperatures have caused havoc in the Australian state of Victoria.
Electricity supplies to about 200,000 people were hit after a bushfire knocked out power lines linking Victoria to the national grid.
Originally posted by mrsdudara
What I find the most bizzar of all is the fact that quite a bit of Canada, and parts of Alaska are warmer than California, Arizonia, New Mexico, and most of the US right now.
Im sorry, but that's just not right.
Originally posted by cybertroy
Is there a pattern at all to this weather?
Originally posted by soficrow
No - the old patterns have been broken by global warming. Now, the planet is trying to find its balance, and new patterns.
We're on a wild ride - and it's not over yet.
Originally posted by djohnsto77
There is a pattern -- it's the classic El Niño pattern.;
Huge waves crash in the port of Wimereux, northern France. Countries across Europe were counting the cost of a devastating storm that killed at least 40 people and left widespread damage and disruption to travel and power supplies.(AFP/Philippe Huguen)