Weather

Blueberries may be the new orange in North Central Florida

Florida’s warm winter is not over yet and that means that preparations for blueberry season are in full swing.  Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Chris Gilmore reports on the unique methods some Florida growers are using to be ready for the upcoming blueberry season: [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/WRAPBERRY.mp3]

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Protecting butterflies from the cold

Alachua County experienced a loud burst of cold earlier this week. And for visitor attractions, keeping the ice of the plants isn’t the only concern. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Jordan Matich spoke with Florida Museum of Natural History Visitor and Operations Coordinator Jeff Hansen, who says keeping the butterflies warm is a seasonal …

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Farmers waiting to see what the cold means to crops

Agriculture agents are working to assess exactly what a hard freeze and persistent cold weather will mean to crops currently growing. Alachua County Extension Agent Barton Wilder says strawberries and citrus would be most affected at farms if freeze protection steps were not effective. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/01/WILDER1.mp3] He says these farmers have …

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Keeping plants and gardens safe through the winter cold

With temperatures continuing to drop and a hard freeze last night, it is not too late to protect your plants from the cold. Marion County IFAS Extension Agent Norma Samuel says plants can be carefully covered or brought in to shelter. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/01/SAMUEL5.mp3] She says the best protection against the cold …

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Winter farming: preparing large crops for the cold despite warm weather

Despite a warm winter so far, local farmers are looking at the past few years as a warning to prepare early to protect their crops.  WUFT-FM’s Samantha Kerrigan says many local farmers find a way to do what they love in any weather. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/12/KerriganFarmingWrap.mp3] While farm owners have ways of …

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Stay warm and stay safe with the changing seasons

Before flipping on your space heater for relief from the cold, Gainesville Fire Rescue has a few tips to keep you safe. GFR District Chief Richard Salusberry says all heating devices should be thoroughly cleaned before getting fired up. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/12/SALUSBERRY3.mp3] He says space heaters are one of the most common …

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Despite cooler temps, county officials remain watchful of tropics

Colder temperatures mean it’s time to start breaking out scarves and sweaters, but there’s one lingering tropical phenomenon many may have lost track of. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Jordan Matich recently spoke with Levy County Emergency Management Director Mark Johnson who says although the 2011 hurricane season was active, residents should …

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Ocala expands sandbagging efforts

The City of Ocala is stepping up sandbag distribution efforts to help residents prepare for more severe weather.  City Spokesman Sonny Allen says they have extended distribution hours and added another location where people can pick up sandbags for free. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/ALLEN-22.mp3] Ocala experienced severe flooding early last week because of …

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