Its the time of year stronger rounds of very warm air start arriving. That was the case Thursday when the temperature hit 86 degrees in several spots around the region. This is the kind of reading that moves plants along faster helping to open buds exposing leaves and flowers. When this circumstance combines with rain it can cause an infection period for early season diseases. Monday offers an opportunity for this to happen with thundershowers and highs moving into the upper seventies. Meanwhile, soils are expected to remain moist following recent rains while temperatures below the surface are well into the fifties. The next major weather challenge for fruit producers comes toward the morning of the 15 th as another cold front is due to have crossed the area, clearing skies and lowering temperatures enough to cause some worry there could be scattered frost. Its too early to say for sure but it is a situation worth keeping an eye on.
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