01 Oct '11, 1pm

Hurricane Irene and Extreme Weather Killed the Northeast's Pumpkins. So No Halloween?

Photo: roland under a Creative Commons license . The effects of Hurricane Irene are still being felt long after the storm's passing. As we start gearing up for Halloween, it turns out there's a major glitch in the plans, the AP reported: a severe pumpkin shortage . Irene did major damage to farms in the Northeast, destroying hundreds of pumpkin patches . Predictably, the shortage has led to the doubling of wholesale prices of the pumpkins that have survived. To make things worse, unusually heavy rains delayed the planting of pumpkins in the first place, reducing the number that could be harvested in time for October 31. More rain in mid-August brought the phytophthora fungus to many fields, and this week a cold snap threatened to kill even more of the pumpkins that have made it this far. Bottom line: crazy weather might cancel Halloween for New York and its neighbors. So t...

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