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Atypical rainstorm pounds the central San Joaquin Valley

Another chapter in California's unusual 2011 weather saga was added over the weekend when clouds dumped 1.64 inches of rain in Fresno, seven times the average for the month June, according to the Fresno Bee.

The story, written by Mark Grossi, said that the wet weather increases the potential for mold and mildew problems in vineyards. Growers may be applying additional treatments of mildew-fighting chemicals.

"Rain during this stage of the growing season is really unwelcome," the article quoted Matthew Fidelibus, UC Cooperative Extension viticulture specialist based at the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center.

For farmers of other crops, the rain storm is a break from having to irrigate fields for a few days, agricultural officials told Grossi.

According to the Weather Channel website, the usual dry and warm weather pattern for June will soon resume. By Thursday, the valley high temperature is forecast at 90 degrees, about average for this time of year.

Grapevines at the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center dry out after the weekend deluge.

Posted on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at 11:13 AM
Tags: Matthew Fidelibus (4), weather (12)

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