Not the SkyBit I Was Hoping for This Morning – Even Colder Temperatures Wed / Thur (10:30am, 1/7/15)
On Thursday, Jan. 2nd, when I first spotted the potential for a “possible issue” on January 8th (Table 1), I would not have imagined that by tomorrow morning it could be 9 F in the strawberry canopy at Clayton! Wow! It was back on Jan. 2nd when I first caught sight of some potential for colder canopy temperatures on Jan. 8th – at that time SkyBit was forecasting 19 F. Now it looks like single digits tomorrow morning at this location. This is why we monitor these things so closely! Between the 30 Day OUTLOOKS, the daily SkyBits, and AWIS updates, I try to give you as much advance warning as possible.
In the event this service is discontinued this weekend, I will furnish interested growers and agents information on how to obtain weather information from different sources.
The final day to make a pledge is this Friday, Jan. 9th. Right now it could go either way!
|Table 1. Canopy Minimum Temps – Forecasts Beginning on Jan 1st for Jan 8/Jan 9|
|Clayton, NC – E-Weather Strawberry Canopy Forecast|
|Forecast||Min Temp||Min Temp|
|Thursday||Jan 1- 7 p.m.||28||na|
|Friday||Jan 2- 7 p.m.||19||24|
|Saturday||Jan 3- 7 p.m.||16||17|
|Sunday||Jan 4- 7 a.m.||16||15|
|Monday||Jan 5- 7 a.m.||12||15|
|Tuesday||Jan 6 – 7 p.m.||11||15|
|Wednesday||Jan 7 – 7 a.m.||9||14|
To get you started on alternative sources of weather information, you may wish to contact these vendors:
AWIS Inc.—Agricultural Weather Information
P.O. Box 3267, Auburn, AL 36831,
888-798-9955, ext 1 or 334-826-2149
ZedX, Inc. (SkyBit)
369 Rolling Ridge Drive
Bellefont, PA 16823
Raleigh, NC 27695-7609
Sidney J. Harris, In: Reclaiming a Lost Heritage – Land-Grant & Other Higher Education Initiatives for the Twenty-first Century