Friday, January 16, 2009
The weather, again
Last night, it was -50 degrees in Big Black River, Maine. It was not only a record for the date, but of all time here in the state.
And I thought it was cold where I live.
Dick just said, "This is good for the trees, though. It kills the pine beetles." I just googled pine beetles and they don't appear to be a problem in Maine.
I told him this and he said something about some bug that is killing the spruce trees. Its the Eastern Spruce Gall Adelgid, to be precise. Some say that the warmer winters are not killing these bugs, which are a type of aphid.
So, did you need this information?
Photo note: Snow on spruce, found at this site, where you can read about the ecology of snow and global warming.