With millions of dollars in Citrus crops at stake, growers are running water and wind machines at night as the coldest weather of the season has arrived. Learn how to protect your own Citrus trees from Frost. PLAY VIDEO ABOVE
The first, and likely the warmest, of a four-night freeze event occurred the night of January 10 with temperatures dipping into the upper 20s and low 30s in citrus producing areas of California's San Joaquin Valley and Inland Empire areas.
Cold temperatures, averaging in the low 30s, materialized in citrus producing areas of Riverside, Ventura, and Imperial counties. Frost protection mechanisms successfully raised temperatures. No damage was sustained.
The inconsistency of topography in Ventura created pockets of cold temperatures as low as 27 degrees for a few hours. The Coachella, Riverside, and Imperial citrus production areas were critical from about 3a.m. to 8 a.m. in the morning. The sensitivity is much greater since trees and fruit are not conditioned for the cold durations as is SJV production.
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