FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Citrus growers in California's Central Valley appear to have escaped with little or no crop damage after a series of unusually cold nights.
Officials with the citrus growers association, California Citrus Mutual, said Wednesday temperatures were not low enough over a long enough period this week to cause significant damage.
The National Weather Service in Hanford on Sunday issued a freeze watch for the region, with nighttime temperatures expected to dip to 26 degrees in some areas. Prolonged temperatures in the mid-20s can damage citrus crops.
Growers ran wind machines and water to protect crops, Citrus Mutual's Paul Story said. The coldest temperatures also were recorded outside prime citrus-growing areas.
The weather service in Hanford says another freeze warning is in effect starting Wednesday at midnight until 9 a.m. Thursday for the central and southern San Joaquin Valley. The coldest locations could see minimum temperatures as low as 25 degrees.
Temperatures are expected to rise during the rest of the week and into the weekend, Story said. Fog also is forecast, he said, which should keep crops warmer.