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Bumpy weather greets almond bloom

Mother nature is having the final say this week as the almond bloom brightens up Kern County orchards despite an abrupt change in weather that, had it been more severe, could have cut into this season's yield.

The closely watched annual event was likely accelerated by temperatures that reached 80 degrees Monday in Bakersfield, then dropped to a high of 58 Tuesday. The cold front that passed through brought not just chill but, in some places, sprinkles and wind, none of which are considered helpful for the economically critical pollination.

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