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Roller coaster weather leading into spring

12:25 AM, Mar 5, 2013   |    comments
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  • A thick line of showers is expected in the area Tuesday, followed by possible snow
  • Farmer Dennis Fox, of the Fruit and Berry Patch, watches the weather closely.
    

In typical East Tennessee style, the forecast will be taking everyone on a weather roller-coaster ride in the coming weeks.

A thick line of showers is expected in the area Tuesday, followed by possible snow. The week could end on a different note, with sunny skies and temperatures in the 60s by Saturday.

Knoxville got more than 12.67 inches of rain in January, nearly triple the average for that month. In February, that measurement dropped to just 2.4 inches.

Farmer Dennis Fox, of the Fruit and Berry Patch, watches the weather closely.

"We look at the five day, and the six day, and the seven day," Fox laughed. "Because everything we do revolves around the weather."

He said the heavy January rains slowed workflow on the farm.

"It just knocked us out of a lot of work. You can't get out and work in the fields when it's raining. Usually this time of year we'll have a dry spell where you can actually get in the field, plow, plant and so forth. That hasn't happened this year," Fox said.

This week will likely bring another delay.

"We're going to start working on weekends because we're going to have two days out with rain and snow, at least Tuesday and Wednesday," he said.

However, Fox is thankful for the recent low temperatures which have slowed the growth of his plants. After losing about half of his crop last year due to a freeze, he hopes the weather will allow his blooming buds to survive this year.

"The farmer is the perpetual optimist. 'It'll be better next year, maybe!'" he laughed. "So we're hoping for a better year, this year."

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