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Warmer temperatures keep crops safe overnight

POSTED: April 27, 2008 5:01 a.m.
Warmer than expected temperatures had growers with tender fruit crops breathing a sigh of relief on Wednesday.

A freeze warning had been issued for most of the Northern half of the state for 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday. However, the low temperature at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville was 39 degrees at 6 a.m. By 9 a.m., the temperature had risen to 51 degrees, the same temperature recorded at midnight.

Drew Echols of Jaemor Farms said the extended forecast bodes well for the growing season.

"I think this is it," Echols said of the chance for additional damaging cold.

The average date of the last freeze is April 20 in the higher elevations of Northeast Georgia.

Mother Nature was also kind to agricultural interests during the early hours of Tuesday morning. The low temperature at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport was 39 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

Echols said Tuesday that the low reading was 35 degrees at the orchard that morning.




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