Cherry Weather Pt 2

Cherry Weather Pt 2

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson. The weather in California is cooperating this year to avoid a repeat of last year’s overlap between their cherry harvest and ours in the Northwest.

University of Washington atmospheric sciences professor, Cliff Mass says up here, the weather should be much different than last year …

MASS … “Last year was an El Nino year. Now, the El Nino is really weakening. So, there’s no reason to expect this really anomalous heat period in May.”

And, Mass says meetings held between the two growing regions should help …

MASS … “Well, there’s a lot of self interest in coordinating between them, you know, obviously. So, the question is, is there going to be a big heat wave that’s going to advance ours. And then I show a model, the latest European Center Model Simulation, that goes through into May, it shows cooler than normal. Anyway, there’s no reason to expect this. I mean, it could happen.”

But at this point, Mass says, overlap looks to be less than last year …

MASS … “Anyway, I’m not a cherry expert, but in terms of weather, I put on the blog, California, we know the story. I mean, that’s done. It’s not going to repeat last year. We know that. That’s like definite. And the models that we have right now, you know, they go into May and the weakening El Nino implies, suggests that the probability of getting another crazy warm period is not high.”

For more weather insights, go to Cliff’s blog at

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