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With Rare 100+ Degree Afternoons, Crops Don't Mind the Heat

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Updated: Tue, 08 Jul 2014 07:33:25 MST

PALISADE, Colo. - After reaching 100 degrees Sunday in Grand Junction, some people may be wondering how often we could see more afternoons in the triple digits.


100 degree plus days are actually not that common on the Western Slope. People should realize though, that highs can still reach these levels. Being in the middle of summer, people need to take care of themselves when conditions do reach extreme marks.


Farmers also need to keep a watch on their crops, with temperatures constantly in the mid to upper 90s and a few days in the 100s. Officials always worry about freezes that can affect a harvest, but many don't think about the potential damage that an extreme heat can have.


After speaking with a local peach farmer, at Davis Local Farms in Palisade, he informed me that a typical hot afternoon will not have an affect on the crops. In fact, he says it is good to have hotter days because the evenings will still cool down.


We shouldn't see many afternoons where highs reach above 99 degrees. The National Weather Service says that over the past 30 years, Grand Junction averages 6 days a year with temperatures at 100 degrees or hotter. Last year, Grand Junction saw five days over the course of the summer where we saw triple digits.

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