Storm comes at a crucial time in the season

FRESNO, Calif.

This year has been one of the driest years on record for the Valley. While the rain was a sight for many, blossoms are signs spring is not far behind.

Ryan Jacobsen said, "Typically the first, second week of February we start to see the earliest blossoms. And from that point forward going through almost March we have different things blooming throughout the Valley."

Fresno County Farm Bureau CEO Ryan Jacobsen says the early variety tree fruit is showing its colors only a few days ahead of schedule. Jacobsen says many in the Ag community had been concerned about a projected freeze for the weekend.

Jacobsen said, "With this storm, we've seen the temperatures go dramatically up so that takes away any of the frost concerns for some of the young, tender buds and blossoms."

Farmers also hoping for future systems that will blow in and out and not cause any severe damage to their growing crops. And while weather can be a concern for growers, they say the future of their crops remains the biggest question for now.

"This is a critical time for the Valley when it comes to agriculture, this is when the crop sets," said Jacobsen. "We get to see the gorgeous fruit in the summertime because of the ramifications of that peak bloom period of what fruit is produced there."

Ag officials say they continue to welcome this rain, but as always with the changing conditions this season, they'll have to wait and see what harvest follows these blossoms.

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