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Special Weather Statement issued July 23 at 4:09PM PDT by NWS

...A LINE OF STRONG THUNDERSTORMS WILL AFFECT THE WESTERN COLUMBIA BASIN AND EASTERN OKANOGAN COUNTY ALONG WITH FERRY COUNTY... AT 407 PM PDT...A LINE OF STRONG THUNDERSTORMS WAS ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 7 MILES NORTHWEST OF CHELAN TO 26 MILES NORTH OF DAVENPORT...AND MOVING NORTH AT 40 MPH. WIND GUSTS OF 50 TO 57 MPH ARE POSSIBLE WITH THESE STORMS. THIS

Late Afternoon

Hi75° Showers Likely

Tonight

Lo57° Showers Likely

Thursday

Hi73° Slight Chc Showers

Thursday Night

Lo56° Breezy

Friday

Hi82° Sunny

Friday Night

Lo60° Mostly Clear

Saturday

Hi87° Sunny

Saturday Night

Lo63° Clear

Sunday

Hi95° Sunny

Sunday Night

Lo73° Mostly Clear

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Washington state’s 39,000 farms, spread throughout our 39 counties, are a key economic driver for our state. We are the top fruit producers in the country for apples, sweet cherries, concord grapes, and red raspberries, and Washington State University noted that in 2011 the agriculture community contributed $1.5 billion in wages to the state’s economy, $219 million in tax revenue, $16 billion in economic impact and 82,000 jobs.

As an apple farmer, I am justifiably proud of the fact that our state is “The Apple Capital of the World.” Our apples are sold in all 50 states and in more than 50 countries. While innovation and technology have brought about many changes in farming, they still have not replaced the workers required to hand prune and hand pick the largest apple crop in the country. It takes approximately 70,000 harvest workers each year to get the crop off the trees. For a perishable crop like apples, the delay of even a few days of harvest workers can make the difference between apples that achieve top price and those that are destined for the processing market.

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