Mountain Pine Beetles are killing the forests in Montana. Estimates vary, but one number kicked around is 300,000 acres dead before the pest is contained (if that proves to be possible). What we need, they keep saying, is a winter with temperatures below 35 degrees, for at least a week. The cold will kill the pine beetle larvae and we'll all live happily ever after.
-35 for a week straight.
So far, we've had 20 to 24 below for a couple of days. It's been so long since we had a bad winter, I had to search for my wool long underwear.
This morning, it's -16. I don't know how the pine beetles are doing, but I'm ready to move on.