It may seem like sour grapes to everyone that has suffered a miserable winter so far. But we, in extreme South Texas, have been really blessed with some of the best weather in the country this winter with high temperatures in the mid 70’s to upper 80’s until just recently.
That is until the past two weeks. Here’s where the sour grapes come in. In the past 10 days, we’ve had three nights where the temperature actually dropped below freezing. One night we actually hit 26 degrees. Most of the winters here only drop below freezing one or 2 times. and for a short period of time during the night.
We have resorted to covering our hibiscus and other tender plants. When you drive in all the neighborhoods everyone has covered all their tropical plants. (Click on picture to enlarge.)
What we call extreme temperatures in this area are truly a problem for many of the local residents in South Texas and Northern Mexico. Many of the residents homes aren’t equipped with proper heating and there isn’t a wide abundance of winter clothing. One of the main industries is farming such as all the oranges and grapefruit, vegetables you eat and sugar cane Thankfully, these cold snaps don’t last too long. If South Texas has a cold winter (or a few days below freezing) you, the readers, pay for it by higher prices at the grocery stores.
It looks like we’ll be back in the 70’s and 80’s within the next couple of days. We now hope to see a lot more crops being planted and growing.