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Weather in northwest Orange County for Tuesday, July 23, 2019:


Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Light west wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.


Partly cloudy, with a low around 71. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.

High temperatures are expected to peak in the upper 80s around midweek before gradually leveling back into the mid to lower 80s.

For some reason, varmints really like the oxheart yellow tomatoes that we tried this year. The varmints were gnawing on them even before there was a hint of a wink of ripening. We just harvested the first (gigantic) oxheart yellow. It would have been gigantic-er but had been gnawed upon by a varmint with two front teeth (as opposed to hordes of bugs with many legs). I suspect a rat or a raccoon. If I catch the varmint in my tomatoes, I’ll poke it with a stick. At least the oxheart is working out as a decoy to keep the varmint away from the other tomatoes. It must smell enticing!

Courtesy of HistoryNet:

  • 1637 King Charles of England hands over the American colony of Massachusetts to Sir Ferdinando Gorges, one of the founders of the Council of New England.
  • 1664 Wealthy, non-church members in Massachusetts are given the right to vote.
  • 1829 William A. Burt patents his “typographer,” an early typewriter.
  • 1834 Birth of James Gibbons, American religious leader and founder of Catholic University.
  • 1863 Bill Anderson and his Confederate Bushwhackers gut the railway station at Renick, Missouri.
  • 1865 William Booth founds the Salvation Army.
  • 1868 The 14th Amendment is ratified, granting citizenship to African Americans.
  • 1885 Ulysses S. Grant dies of throat cancer at the age of 63.
  • 1903 The Ford Motor Company sells its first automobile, the Model A.
  • 1906 Birth of Marston Bates, American zoologist, author (The Nature of Natural History).
  • 1962 The Geneva Conference on Laos forbids the United States to invade eastern Laos.
  • 1995 Two astronomers, Alan Hale in New Mexico and Thomas Bopp in Arizona, almost simultaneously discover a comet.