Last week between a third of an inch and three inches of rain fell across the area. So far this week the moisture keeps coming up from the south and gets wrung out along a frontal boundary not too far away. That set up should ease Wednesday as northerly breezes and clearing skies take hold. But by Friday conditions will have become more favorable for showers and thunderstorms to develop. Spotty showers are a possibility this weekend as well and they may become more common, and intense, as the start of next week rolls around with continued muggy conditions and highs in the eighties. Mark Longstroth says in the Southwest Michigan Fruit Report were still running slightly behind average in Growing Degree Day accumulation. Also, sweet cherry harvest of early varieties is taking place in southern Berrien County while hand thinning of apples, peaches and pears is underway. A couple of rounds of wind can potentially spread fire blight through apple orchards. And spotted wing drosophila adults have been trapped in the region over the past week from Berrien, Van Buren, Allegan and Ottawa counties. He says, checking 85 traps in 23 fields, a total of 11 of them were caught in Berrien and Van Buren.
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