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By Jeremy Schiffres, Daily and Sunday Freeman, Kingston, N.Y.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Conserve your words

The National Weather Service posted the following “freeze warning” for the Hudson Valley late Sunday:

“A freeze warning is in effect until 9 a.m. Monday. With a cold air mass in place, temperatures will drop to below freezing across the region and remain below freezing until an hour or two after sunrise. The temperatures will bring a widespread killing freeze to the region, which will end the growing season. A ‘freeze warning’ means subfreezing temperatures are imminently or highly likely. These conditions will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.”

As an editor, I would have shortened that just a bit:

“Cold tonight. Warmer after sunrise.”

And I don’t think we need the weather geniuses to tell us the growing season is over. It’s late October in the Northeast. We get it.



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