Recent Snowfall Beneficial for Orchards

, Written by Christine Pitawanich, Posted: Mon, February 13 2012 at 5:40 PM, Updated: Mon, February 13 2012 at 7:34 PM

Meyer Orchard owner, Ron Meyer is glad we're out of last week's warm spell.

"Those few warm days we had are not uncommon for us in February, we call it a false spring," Meyer said.

Snow a good thing for fruit trees?

According to Meyer, he looks after more than 100-acres of pears. He said the recent snowfall was a good thing.

"The cold weather is actually what we need right now to delay the bloom later in the Spring," said Meyer.

He hopes it doesn't get too warm, too soon. In fact he hopes the snow keeps coming.

Crossing fingers for cool weather

That's because the cool weather will make it more likely for buds to bloom well into the spring.

Meyer said if temperatures skyrocket too early and buds do come out, "the more risk there is of damage from frost."

But if forecasts hold true, the cool weather is likely to stick around for the near future...which could mean a better pear season.

Snow good for more than delaying buds

Ron Meyer also said the new snow will add to his water supply that he'll use later in the season.

About the Author

Christine Pitawanich

Christine Pitawanich was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. In 2010, she received a master's degree in Broadcast Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in New York.

Christine also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Washington.

Before joining the NBC5 News team, she had the opportunity to file reports from Washington D.C. for WFFT FOX Ft. Wayne News in Indiana. Christine has also interned at KOMO-TV in Seattle.

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