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    Posted January 12, 2013 by
    Apache Junction, Arizona
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    Hard Freeze May Drive Up Cost of Produce and Endangers Horses, Pets, and Pipes


    Record setting low temperatures today sent even hearty Arizona cowboys home early this afternoon as the sun began to dip, dropping the chilly temps even lower.
    Temperatures from 0 degrees to the low 20’s won’t be unusual over the next few days say forecasters who have issued a Hard Freeze Warning for parts of the state.
    The historic cold snap today sent other Arizonians outside while the sun was still warm to cover plants and make provisions for their pipes, horses and outdoor pets.
    Flagstaff recorded -9 degrees this morning while Bellmont Arizona recorded a

    -21, even colder than frigid Fairbanks, Alaska which registered a toasty 0 degrees.

    The last time Arizona saw temperatures this low for this long was over 25 years ago, and farmers here fear an extended freeze will kill crops this state has the luxury of growing this time of year.

    Even cowboy re-enactors in Goldfield and real life cowboys used to riding the wide open trail in harsh Arizona desert weather were eager to get inside before the sun set over the mountains. 
    “Dog” is always eager to get on the trail says his real cowboy owner who saddled up his side kick, "Jim," and headed home early today. “This is the best dog this cowboy ever had,” he says.
    “Old cowboys bred dogs with wild dingoes so they could stand the deserts extreme conditions and hold up to their lifestyle on the trail.”
    Dingoes have wolf like howls, and are frequently known as Australia’s and Asia’s “wild dogs,” and “Dog’s” pointed muzzle, bushy tail, and body shape mirror that of his wild dingo cousins.
    “Dog is crossed with a dingo so he can stand the desert heat and cold, and he can go days without food or water,” says the cowboy as he rides off into the Arizona desert to prepare for tonight’s frigid temperatures.

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