The 2012 spring season (March through May) for Southwest Lower Michigan was the warmest on record with precipitation being slightly below. Snowfall was well below normal like it was for the springs of 2010 and 2011. The severe storm episode frequency was near normal.
Record March temperatures led to early blossoms of grapes and fruit trees across the area. This set the fruit crop industry up for major damage from freezes that came in April and May. A story from the Michigan Farm Bureau on May 31st stated:
“...The total loss of more than $223 million to Michigan fruit crops as a result of 2012 weather extremes, including a mild winter, summerlike March and multiple April freezes, 90 percent of the state's $121 million apple crop is projected to be lost. Similar losses are projected for juice grapes, peaches, and both sweet and tart cherries. Only blueberries and wine grapes anticipate having near-normal crops.”
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