cold and steamy

During the summer, I expect to see heat waves rising from the earth. They shimmer and blur the lush, green landscape. But yesterday morning the temperature registered minus eleven degrees, a disturbing event that might have killed the fruit buds on our peach trees. We won’t know the extent of the damage until bushes and trees bloom in May. While washing dishes, I noticed steam rising from our bank of solar panels as the first rays of sunlight hit their black surface. At first, I wondered if they had caught on fire? Can solar panels burn? Probably not from sunshine. The perfect storm of intense cold and the sun heating the black Plexiglass caused steam to form. Within an hour, the vapor was gone. The solar panel spun sunlight into electricity that powers my home and farm.

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