An intense storm caused significant damage to gardens and orchards in a small swath of the Door Peninsula Monday night. Cherry and apple orchards were destroyed during the storm. The U-W Extension Peninsular Experimental Station north of Sturgeon Bay was particularly hard hit. That’s according to superintendent Matt Stasiak…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/N9831.mp3|titles=N983]
Stasiak says as much as four inches of hail could be found on the experimental station grounds. He says it appears that the intense storm was fairly localized…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/N9841.mp3|titles=N984]
Stasiak adds that an evaluation will be needed to determine where to go from here…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/N9852.mp3|titles=N985]
While the majority of cherry producing orchards in Door County were spared, the total damage at Lee Petrina’s Choice Orchards will put a significant dent in Door County’s cherry crop. At present, the extent of the total damage in Door County is being evaluated.