Tuesday, January 31, 2012

drought conditions & wildfires

We've enjoyed such wonderful weather during our stay in Florida, it's easy to forget that a serious drought is effecting most of the State.  The leafless trees and brown grass look like winter to our eyes, but the cause is the lack of rain, not the season.  Wild fires seem to crop up everywhere - and yesterday a modest grass fire in the Paynes Prairie, combined with fog, caused a massive pile up on Rt 75 - not 15 miles from here.  Sadly 10 were killed, and double that were hospitalized.  I gather from reports the visibility was Zero....seems hard to believe.  We may be spared from having to drive in blizzard conditions this winter, but the heat and drought has it's own set of challenges.

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