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Heat forecast leaves Washington farmers worried about crop damage

The temperature at the Seattle-Tacoma airport hit 100 F today. Tomorrow and Monday are supposed to be even hotter. The heat wave out west has the potential to break all-time record high temperatures at many places in the northwestern US. Understandably, farmers are worried about the consequences of the heat on their crops. Cherries in the tops of the trees could shrivel from the extreme heat, while the high temperatures could also shut down growth in immature fruit and potatoes, keeping them from reaching its full size. In addition, picking crews are having to start very early in the day to avoid working at the peak heat, and even overnight temperatures are oppressive to some. You can read more in the Seattle Times here.

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