Grower Reports on Thursday Feb. 19; Siberian Temperatures for Feb. 20; Va Strawberry School on Tuesday Feb 24 (3pm, 2/19/15)

— Written By Barclay Poling

baker 3Record lows will be recorded all throughout the Southeast on Thursday night/Friday morning. More detailed state maps and minimum temperature details are provided in this advisory for VA, SC, NC, TN, KY, and MD. This photo was taken yesterday in VA Beach (see Tom Baker under the VA section). Much heavier snow fell on the farm of Danny Van Meter in Clarkson, KY (next photo)

photo Heavy snow fell on top of the row covers on the Van Meter Farm in In Clarkson KY where it may go to -7 F tonight. They had a -8 F on 2/17. Look at the shocking departures from normal temperatures for this location in the month of February (below). All of this has caused another grower in Central Va to pose the question in a recent email, Spring is coming right?! In KY, I know Danny Van Meter is having a hard time thinking about spring with another WINTER STORM SYSTEM ON THE WAY.


Instant information on Minimum Temperatures for NC, SC, VA, TN, KY and MD

AWIS NC Feb 19-26

AWIS SC Feb 19-26

AWIS VA Feb 19-26

AWIS TN Feb 19-26

AWIS KY Feb 19-26

AWIS MD Feb 19-26

Good afternoon!

I made it in very early this morning from Canada, but very disappointed to see the general weather conditions in NC weren’t that much different than Niagara Falls. I have several reports that came in from growers overnight, or this morning:

1. Virginia Minimum Temps:  AWIS VA Feb 19-26

– VA Beach Report … snow cover may have been a real blessing!

baker 4Fig. 1. Brookdale Farm in Pungo, Feb. 18, 2015  (they also have location in Chesapeake)

Morning SkyBit for Chesapeake:

DATE            Feb 19    20    21    22    23    24    25    26    27    28
DAY                Thu   Fri   Sat   Sun   Mon   Tue   Wed   Thu   Fri   Sat
MAX AIR TEMP (F)    22    19    45    61    34    33    41    36    45    54
MIN AIR TEMP (F)    12     6     9    45    32    17    23    26    30    34

We “only” went down to 17 this morning.

Also 0.2 to 0.3 inch of rain forecast for Sat night through Sunday.


Tom & Anne Baker and Amanda McCann
Brookdale Farm
2060 Vaughan Rd, Virginia Beach, VA  23457

feb 27 2014 low resFig. 2. I just located this photo of the same farm location (Pungo) at this time last year!

Don’t forget the Virginia Strawberry School is on Tuesday Feb. 24th next week:  20150213-AGR-EXT-StrawberrySchool2015AgendaFinalDraft

Directions to VA Strawberry School:  directions va school

Field Walk on Monday, Feb. 23: begins 12:30 p.m. and ends 5 p.m. Henley Farm and Vaughan Farm. Contact Jill Wrght, VA Beach, VCE, 757-385-8316 to register for Field Walk and Strawberry School on Tuesday, 2/24/15. A second phone: 757-385-8316. Jill’s email:  jwright@vbgov.vom

Editor’s note:  I am looking forward to being a part of the afternoon program on Tuesday, and I have been asked to speak on:  Albion Management & My Crystal Ball (it’s currently as frozen up as the falls in Niagara, but hoping to get it working by next Tuesday afternoon!)

SkyBit for VA grower in Moseley (near Richmond, 7 a.m., 2/19)

20150219st1.VACHLTable 1. Note the low of 2 F in canopy tomorrow morning as well as Dewpoint near -10 (see lower table – hourly forecast, and note a -9 F at 6 a.m.)

AWIS Maps for VA Friday through Sunday (Friday will be the coldest) DETAILED HOURLY WEATHER FORECASTS 

Abingdon Ashland_VA Charlottesville Chesapeake-Ches
Culpeper Danville Dublin/New_Riv Emporia_VA
Farmville Fort_Belvoir/Da Fort_Eustis/Fel Franklin/J_B_Ro
Hillsville Hot_Springs/Ing Langley_AFB Leesburg/Godfre
Louisa-Louisa_C Lynchburg Manassas_Muni(A Marion/Wythev
Martinsville Mecklenburg/Bru Melfa/Accomack Newport_News
Norfolk_NAS Norfolk_VA Oceana Orange_VA
Petersburg_(AWO Quantico Richlands_VA Richmond
Roanoke Shannon_Arpt Stafford_AP_VA Staunton-Shenan
Suffolk-Suffolk Virginia_Tech_A Wakefield_AP Wallops_Island
Washington_Dulle West_Point_VA Williamsburg_VA Winchester_Rgnl

2. South Carolina Reports – Easley, SC

(7:19 a.m., 2/19)

Hey Dr. Poling,
Just a quick update on the first night of the severe cold.
Skybit was right on the money with our projected low. We were right at the 12 degree mark. The temps under our covers were about 10-11 degrees higher under our 1.5 oz. covers and about 7-8 degrees higher under the 1.25 oz. covers.  Also, I put a couple thermocouples into the top of the crown of a few plants (inserted just inside the emerging foliage/buds) and the temps of these were around 28.

Also, the brief amount of sun and wind on Wednesday was just enough to give us melting of the thin layers of ice and adequate drying of the covers

Our lows for tonight are projected to be about 4 degrees colder at 8 degrees – meaning our plants shouldn’t see anything colder than 15 degrees or so under the covers. I feel pretty confident that we should come out of this in pretty good shape.

One other thing of note – we left a couple rows of plants uncovered, and the ice we received a few nights ago (with the low only in the lower 20s) burned the leaves considerably. We had already performed clean up on these plants, so the damage was pretty obvious. I’ll send along some pictures later in the day.

Hope the trip is going well. Thanks,

SC AWIS Minimum Temps: AWIS SC Feb 19-26


Anderson_Co_Air Beaufort_SC Charleston_Muni Clemson-Clemson
Columbia-Columb Columbia/McEnti Columbia_Metro Darlington
Florence_SC Greenville_Down Greenville-Spart Greenwood-Green
Hilton_Head_AP Myrtle_Beach North_Myrtle_Be Orangeburg-Oran
Rock_Hill Sumter_SC

3. North Carolina: AWIS NC Feb 19-26

AWIS Maps for Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Detailed Hourly Reports for these NC Locations:


Ahoskie-Tri-Cou Albemarle_AP Andrews Asheboro
Asheville_Munic Beaufort-Michae Boone_NC Burlington-Burl
Cape_Hatteras_AG Chapel_Hill-Hor Charlotte Cherry_Point
Clinton_NC Concord_NC Currituck_NC Edenton-Northea
Elizabeth_City Elizabethtown_NC Erwin-Harnett_C Fayetteville_AP
Fort_Bragg/Simm Franklin/Macon_C Gastonia-Gaston Goldsboro_AFB
Goldsboro_NC Greensboro Greenville_AP_NC Hickory
Jacksonville Jacksonville_(A Jefferson_AP_NC Kenansville-Dup
Kill_Devil_Hills Kinston_AP Lexington-David Lincolnton_AP
Louisburg_NC Lumberton_AP_NC Mackall_AAF Manteo/Dare_Co
Maxton Monroe_AP_NC Morganton-Morga Mount_Airy-Moun
New_Bern North_Wilkesbor Oxford_NC Pope_AFB
Raleigh-Durham Roanoke_Rap_AP Rocky_Mount-Wils Roxboro_AP
Rutherfordton Salisbury-Rowan Sanford_NC Shelby_AP_NC
Smithfield_AP Southern_Pines Southport_NC Statesville-Sta
Washington-Warr Whiteville_NC Wilmington_AP_NC Winston-Salem

My SkyBit for Clayton: 20150219st1.NCCLYFig.

4. TN: AWIS TN Feb 19-26


Chattanooga/Lov Clarksville_TN Crossville_AP Dyersburg
Jackson_TN Knoxville_AP Memphis_AP Millington
Nashville_Metro Oak_Ridge_TN Smyrna Tri-City_RGNL_AP

5. KY: AWIS KY Feb 19-26


Bowling_Green Covington Fort_Campbell Fort_Knox/Godma
Frankfort_AP Glasgow_KY Henderson_City Jackson_KY
Lexington_KY London_Corbin Louisville_AP Louisville/Bowm
Middlesboro_AP Owensboro_AP Paducah Somerset(AWOS)

6. MD: AWIS MD Feb 19-26


Aberdeen Andrews_AFB Annapolis_Naval Baltimore_Sci_Ce
Baltimore/Wash College_Park_AP Cumberland_AP Fort_Meade
Frederick_MD Hagerstown_AP Leonardtown Middle_River
Ocean_City_AP Patuxent_River Salisbury St_Inigoes/Webst
Washington_DC_AP Westminster_AP

Hours below 20 F for these MD locations:

hours below 20sixtoten.temps814.atRegional  8-14 day outlook for VA and Mid-Atlantic

Good luck to all of us tonight!
sunsetPhoto furnished by Lowell Yoder, Rustburg, Va (2/13/15)…He wrote: “I snapped a couple of pictures this evening. The first two are Sweet Charlies.The second two are Chandlers, and the last one Albion. We’ve been row covered since December. They’re a little farther along then maybe they should be due to the row covers and last weekend’s warm spell. I’m especially concerned about the high winds (beats the covers to death) and possible snow melting on top of covers next week before more bad cold. We’ll try to weather the winds then see where the forecast stands on Monday morning.

Thanks for the updates.”

Spring is coming right?!   Lowell Yoder

Editor’s note:  Lowell is looking at possibly -4 F tonight!

Just in:  GA grower asked for update, here you go! GA AWIS

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