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Growers worry frost will imperil plants, ochards

With temperatures set to dip below freezing again, apple orchard operators are crossing their fingers and hoping for the best. The early warmth this year means plants are ahead of schedule -- and in danger of frost damage.

Feds: Climate change only 'minor factor' in March heatwave

A meteorologist with the NOAA says the warmth was a "freak event" caused by warm air blowing north from the Gulf of Mexico. But some outside scientists say climate change is indeed behind weather extremes like the March heatwave and that we should expect more.

Maple syrup producers report worst year in memory

Maple trees this year didn't see the usual fluctuations from warm days to freezing nights that cause the sap to run. And now with buds appearing, "sap production's over," says one producer who harvested about a quarter of what he usually collects.

Anglers worry warm weather will kill off fish

Outdoors groups say mild winters could hurt fish that rely on the cold to survive, which could hurt the state's $4.8 million fishing industry and provide an even wider opening for unwanted invaders like the Asian carp.

March may be warmest month ever compared with average

MPR's Paul Huttner crunches the numbers and says this month could be the warmest ever -- when compared with average temperatures at MSP airport -- in 121 years. So far temperatures overall have been 16.7 degrees higher than the average in the Twin Cities area.

Allergy season arrives early

The mild winter means no lull for allergy sufferers, and some people are getting a double-dose of agony with allergies overlapping flu season.

More reminders of dangerous conditions Minnesota lakes

Our mild weather continues to pose a danger on Minnesota lakes right now. Another pickup broke through thin ice Saturday on Lake Minnetonka. WCCO reports the two men inside the truck were able to escape from the windows and make it to shore safely. An SUV crashed through Lake Minnetonka last Sunday. Authorities continue to remind people the warm winter is creating "extremely dangerous" conditions.