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Did Colorado's cold snap kill the pine beetles?

8:00 PM, Jan 16, 2013   |    comments
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At the Frisco Adventure Park, the snow guns are on and general manager John Zdechlik is enjoying a slight warm up after days of frigid temperatures.

"It was Sunday morning and it was 24 below zero," Zdechlik said.

Chilly, but perfect he'll tell you for making snow.

"The colder temperatures mean the water going through the gun will produce more partials of snow," Zdechlik explained.

Some people are hoping the cold weather has also been perfect for killing the pine beetle, which have killed so many Colorado lodge pole pine trees.

Beth Huron, with the Colorado State University Extension Office in Frisco, says that pine beetles are designed for cold.

"They actually metabolize glycerols and develop their own anti-freeze system," Huron said. "You need a sustained cold snap of 30 degrees below zero or colder, and it needs to be for five straight days."

That weather scenario does not seem likely, so for now it seems the pine beetle will be staying around a little longer.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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