LATE AFTERNOON FREEZE UPDATE for SC (5:50pm, March 24, 2014)

— Written By Barclay Poling

Good afternoon,

I know the crop is much further along in SC and GA, so let’s spend a minute or two updating the weather situation for these two states:

SOUTH CAROLINA

AWIS Min Temps for the Week:SC AWIS Mar 25 to 31

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Detailed 5-Day Forceasts for SC Locations:

5-DAY DETAILED HOURLY WEATHER FORECASTS 

EXAMPLE 5-DAY FOR FLORENCE

TONIGHT – SHOULD BE OVERCAST, MIN 37, AND SOME WINDS –> LITTLE RISK FROST…LOOKS LIKE YOU JUST NEED TO SET YOUR FROST ALARM AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS

TOMORROW NIGHT (TUE/WED MORNING) – MIN 31, VERY HIGH NW WINDS (GOOD AIR MIXING, SO GROUND LEVEL SAME AS HIGHER UP) ALL EVENING, DRY AIR. BAD IDEA TO TRY SPRINKLING!! ALL KINDS OF EVAPORATIVE COOLING ISSUES. A MIN OF 31 IS NOT A CONCERN!! THUS, IT COULD TURN OUT THAT NO ACTION NEEDED, BUT AS I THINK THE BOY SCOUT MOTTO IS STILL BE PREPARED, I WOULD CONSIDER HAVING A ROW COVER ON TO PLAY SAFE…WINDS ARE HIGH, BUT SHOULD NOT GET MECHANICAL INJURY…IF WINDS DIE DOWN BEFORE SUNRISE, THE COVERS WILL PROTECT YOUR CROP NICELY

WED NIGHT/THUR MORNING (3/26-3/27). CAN YOU BELIEVE SC GROWERS HAVE TO BE WORRIED WITH A MIN TEMP OF 28 F THIS LATE! A ROW COVER ALONE WILL DO THE TRICK. BUT, IF IRRIGATING, START UP AT WET BULB OF 31 AT 10 p.m. (2200), AND RUN UNTIL ICE IS MELTING NICELY ON THUR MORNING. SOME WINDS, SO WATCH YOUR ICE QUALITY. SHOULD BE CRYSTAL CLEAR IF IRRIG RATE IS RIGHT – CONTACT YOUR IRRIG DEALER IF ANY QUE. pecip rate

AWIS Hourly Forecast For Florence_SC, SC     
Produced at  4:36 p.m. CDT on Mon Mar 24 2014
Day-Length = 12:16 / Sunrise at  7:17 a.m. / Sunset at  7:33 p.m.

Local               Forecast For     Monday     March 24, 2014 
Hour  00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
                      MIN= 34                    MAX= 55
TEMP  46 44 42 41 40 38 37 36 34 38 41 44 46 48 51 52 55 55 52 50 47 45 43 41
DEWP  37 36 35 34 34 32 31 32 28 29 28 26 25 24 23 23 21 21 24 25 25 26 27 28
WETB  42 41 39 38 38 36 35 34 32 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 42 41 40 39 38 37 36
WNDS  11 10  9  9  9  9  9  9 10 10 11 13 11 10  9  9  8  7  7  7  7  7  7  7
WNDD         N        N        N       NE       NE        E        E        E
CLDC       CLR      CLR      CLR      CLR      CLR      CLR      CLR      OVC
INV    0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  1
DEWF                                                                         
POP6         2        1        2        1        1        0        0        2
Q1     0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0

Local               Forecast For    Tuesday     March 25, 2014 
Hour  00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
                      MIN= 37                    MAX= 54
TEMP  41 41 40 40 40 37 37 39 38 38 41 44 46 48 50 50 54 54 51 50 48 48 49 47
DEWP  29 30 30 31 31 30 30 32 32 31 33 34 35 35 36 34 36 36 31 30 29 29 31 30
WETB  36 37 36 36 36 34 34 36 36 35 38 40 41 42 44 43 46 46 42 42 40 40 41 40
WNDS   7  6  5  5  5  6  6  5  3  5  6  7  8 10 13 14 16 18 17 16 14 14 14 13
WNDD         E      ENE      ENE        N       NW       NW       NW       NW
CLDC       OVC      OVC      OVC      OVC      OVC      OVC      CLR      CLR
INV    1  1  2  2  2  2  2  2  3  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
DEWF                                                                         
POP6         2       65       65       53       53       17       17        1
Q1     0  0  0  2  2  2  4  4  5  2  2  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0

Local               Forecast For  Wednesday     March 26, 2014 
Hour  00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
                      MIN= 31                    MAX= 53
TEMP  46 44 42 41 39 37 36 35 30 36 40 44 47 50 53 53 53 47 40 39 38 37 36 35
DEWP  29 27 25 24 23 22 21 21 17 17 16 17 17 17 17 17 17 18 18 18 19 19 20 21
WETB  39 37 36 35 33 32 31 30 26 30 32 35 37 38 40 40 40 37 33 32 32 31 31 30
WNDS  13 11 10 10 10  9  9  9  8 14 14 10 10  9  8  8  7  6  5  3  2  2  3  5
WNDD        NW       NW       NW      NNW      NNW      NNW      WSW       SE
CLDC       CLR      CLR      CLR      CLR      CLR      CLR      CLR      CLR
INV    0  1  1  1  2  2  2  3  4  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1
DEWF                                                                         
POP6         1        0        0        0        0        0        0        0
Q1     0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0

Local               Forecast For   Thursday     March 27, 2014 
Hour  00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
                      MIN= 28                    MAX= 65
TEMP  34 33 32 31 30 29 28 28 34 40 46 51 56 60 65 65 65 62 58 58 57 57 56 56
DEWP  21 22 22 23 23 24 25 25 27 28 30 32 34 36 38 39 41 41 41 43 43 44 45 46
WETB  30 29 29 28 28 27 27 27 32 35 39 43 46 49 52 52 53 51 49 50 50 50 50 51
WNDS   5  5  5  5  5  6  6  6  6  6  6  7  7  8  9  9  9 10  9  8  7  7  7  8
WNDD       SSE       SE      ESE       SE      SSE        S      SSE        S
CLDC       CLR      CLR      FEW      BKN      BKN      BKN      BKN      FEW
INV    1  1  2  2  2  2  3  3  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
DEWF            F  F  F  F  F

I appreciate the good grower and agent feedback from SC!

My email:  strawberrydoc@gmail.com

Text message number:  919 418 9687

Good luck this week!

Barclay

Dr. E. Barclay Poling
Interim Executive Director, NC Strawberry Association Inc.
& Professor Emeritus (Strawberry Plasticulture Researcher)
Department of Horticultural Science
Campus Box 7609, 162A Kilgore Hall
NC State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-7609

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, an optimist sees
the opportunity in every difficulty.

Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of England

Posted on Mar 24, 2014
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