“Bark is peeling off. Pine needles and leaves are browning and falling to the ground early. Many trees never produced leaves or fruit. And some trees that are beyond repair are getting the ax altogether,” writes Elizabeth Hernandez in the Denver Post.
The culprit? On Nov. 10, 2014, temperatures plummeted from 58 degrees F to 16 degrees F in a matter of hours.
Many trees were instantly flash-frozen. For others, the sudden, intense temperature drop damaged their cores before they were winter-ready.
Of the 2.2 million trees in the city, Denver forester Rob Davis estimates that tens of thousands are dead from the November frost.
Thanks to Pieter for this link
“If this is any indication of what more pronounced variability will do .. especially to commercial crops … reminds of the decimated herds of cattle in the Dakotas several years back that got drenched then frozen before their winter coats were in place,” says Pieter.