Time for more predictably weird weather news! Sunny California, while still sunny, has been freezing this week. Temperatures statewide plunged to as much as 20 degrees F below normal, the lowest lows the state has seen in years.
The freezing overnight temps are seriously bad news for California farmers' crops, especially the state's $2 billion citrus industry, which accounts for most of the commercially available oranges and lemons in the U.S.
Strawberry and avocado farmers, too, "are having a lot of sleepless nights," protecting crops with in-field heaters, coverings, fans, and water.
The cold snap has been a particular concern for citrus farmers across the state, who have been up all night since Thursday. There are $1 billion in oranges, lemons, tangerines and grapefruit still on trees in California, the nation's largest producer of fresh citrus.