Brrr, it's cold outside. Don't know about you, but it's really been cold here in Northern Michigan. Over the last several days, temperatures have dropped to record lows throughout our fruit and cherry growing region. Several days had below zero temperature, but when the wind chills where added in it was -25+ degrees. So it was really cold. But one of the bright stops of these frigid temperature is how Mother Nature shows her wisdom. For example, the Great Lakes actually protected the Western region of the Michigan from extreme cold. These western regions stretching along Lake Michigan is also the fruit-belt of Michigan. These are the areas that grow blueberries, peaches, apples, raspberries, cherries and more.
Check out this map from the Mlive.com website showing the wisdom of keeping the extreme temps from harming these fruit growing regions. This is also a great article on how the lake helps with keeping the western region warm. http://www.mlive.com/weather/index.ssf/2014/01/see_how_lake_michigan_is_prote.html