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Farmers Welcome Cooler Temperatures

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CHARLOTTE, Mich. (WLNS) - While we're seeing below normal temperatures outside right now, last year at this time, we were way above normal.

Country Mill owner Steve Tennes and his family have spent 40 years tending his land.

Steve and his nephew Ryan go about their usual winter routine, trimming the apple trees. But last year it wasn't the branches' elevation he was worried about, it was the temperature.

"Last year to this year is night and day. As fruit growers, we're really happy right now around the state because essentially this nice, cool March has hit the snooze button for all the apple trees, peaches, blue berries," said Tennes.

One year ago today in Charlotte, it was 78 degrees--double the current temperature--something state climatologist Jeffrey Andresen says made history.

While Andersen doesn't foresee something like last year happening again soon, he said the meteorlogical start of winter has been creeping up over time.

"We see it on average somewhere on the order of a week to a week and a half earlier now then we did just 30 years ago," said Andersen.

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