ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Fruit plants budding and blooming weeks
earlier than usual were damaged by frigid temperatures this week,
but farmers in the Great Lakes and Northeast say they're still
assessing the toll and some crop loss won't be apparent until
Some say strong winds that aren't generally seen on frosty,
still winter nights likely prevented catastrophic damage by mixing
warmer air with the chill that settled closer to the ground.
The cold set in Tuesday night after trees, vines and bushes woke
up early during a stretch of record-breaking March warmth - a freak
combination that had farmers and experts worried because they'd
never seen anything like it.
While some growers remain cautious, others say they're
optimistic and have turned to trying to figure out why the damage