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Late freeze wouldn't be peachy for Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. -- State climatologist David Stooksbury says unseasonably warm February temperatures could leave Georgia's fruit crops vulnerable to severe damage from a late-winter freeze.

Climatologist David Stooksbury says temperatures below 32 degrees could destroy peach and blueberry buds.

Stooksbury says December and January were so cold that many plants exceeded the chill hours they need, and recent temperatures in the 60s and 70s could make those plants start budding weeks earlier than normal.

Stooksbury says Georgia's peach, blueberry and apple crops were destroyed in April 2007 when record-breaking cold caused a harsh freeze right before Easter.