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Pacific Northwest cherry harvest smallest in 14 years due to cold
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The Pacific Northwest cherry crop this year is the smallest in 14 years at least in part because of a spring snowstorm.
The smaller-than-usual fruit harvest happened largely because Oregon and Washington were hit with a severe winter storm on April 14, during the region’s cherry blossom bloom, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported.
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According to B.J. Thurlby, the president of both the Washington State Fruit Commission and Northwest Cherries, a snow event during the cherry bloom has not happened before.
He said this year’s crop is the smallest since 2008.