Location was an important factor for raisin growers during Saturday's stormy weather, with rain and high winds posing potential hazards to the Valley crop.
"It all depended on what cloud you were under today," said Jon Marthedal, a SunMaid grower in the Easton/Fowler area.
Marthedal said light rain fell in two of the three areas where his workers were picking up raisins. Moisture can cause mold to develop on drying raisins and high winds could embed sand into the crop, he said.
Madera got the most rain in the Valley, said Brian Ochs, a National Weather Service meteorologist. As of 7:30 p.m., 0.23 inch of rain had fallen in Madera compared to only 0.1 inch in Fresno.
Ochs said reports from Oakhurst indicated that 0.7 inch to 0.8 inch of rain fell in that area.
Gusts of wind of about 30 mph to 35 mph blew across the Valley throughout the day, and visibility at times dropped below half a mile in the Valley, Ochs said. Madera received the harshest wind on top of having the most rain, with wind gusts up to 40 mph in Madera.
So just how bad was the damage from Saturday's storm on raisin crops?
"It will take at least a few days for us to know what impact it had," Marthedal said.
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