PROLONGED OVERNIGHT LOWS BELOW FREEZING THIS WEEK A CONCERN FOR LOCAL APPLE GROWERS

PROLONGED OVERNIGHT LOWS BELOW FREEZING THIS WEEK A CONCERN FOR LOCAL APPLE GROWERS PROLONGED OVERNIGHT LOWS BELOW FREEZING THIS WEEK A CONCERN FOR LOCAL APPLE GROWERS

 

 
A half inch of wet snow is possible for the Hendersonville area Monday night into Tuesday morning…and the over-night low temperatures early this week will be watched very closely by local apple growers.
 
Henderson County apple grower Kenny Barnwell tells WHKP News that he expects the local multi-million dollar apple crop to be in full bloom sometime around the middle of April, which is only three weeks away. So the young buds may well be susceptible to prolonged period of below freezing overn-night temperatures.

And meteorologist Doug Outlaw with the National Weather Service says a fast moving system will lower temperatures in the Hendersonville area to below 32 degrees starting just before 10pm Tuesday night. The weatherman says local temperatures are expected to continue below freezing and fall to the 22 degree range by 6 or 7am Wednesday morning and then stay below freezing until 10 or 11am.

Local apple buds are close to a critical stage right now and such prolonged periods of below freezing temperatures are a big concern.

Weatherman Outlaw is with the National Weather Service at the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport in Greer South Carolina which is in the heart of upstate peach orchards…and he says some peaches are already in bloom down there, and Tuesday night’s expected below freezing temperatures, thougn not for as long in the upstate, are a concern for peach growers as well.

Local growers tell WHKP News they’ll be keeping a close eye on what happens around the middle of April, with a full moon expect by April 15, and with the cold snap that typically occurs with that full moon just before Easter.

Growers agree… we are at that critical point right now for local apples…and late season frosts and freezes can be devastating.

By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman

March 24, 2014

Updated 9:30am