Confirming Areas That Had Frost This Morning – You Can Help! (7:21am, Tue., 3/24/15)

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6 am min 3.24 NC accuFig. 1. At 6am today the “green” areas on this map had the lowest temperatures in the state. It will be interesting to get some feedback from growers who actually may have seen frost this morning.

Good morning!

At 6am we had cloud cover and slight winds in Raleigh area, and NO FROST.  But, there was NOT a forecast for frost in this area by AWIS yesterday.

However, in areas east of Raleigh, like Rocky Mount/Wilson, there was a forecast of FROST at 5 am this morning (published on this blog yesterday). What actually happened? 

Well, this is where you come into the picture!  If you are a grower in this region Rocky Mount/Wilson, for example, did you see what AWIS says below? They were calling for frost at about 4 am?

rocky mar 24Table 1. According to AWIS, this area of the state saw a frost at about 4 am and had minimum this early morning of 33 F.

Here is another interesting comparison – two different Goldsboro locations: this first location had frost (according to AWIS) this morning at 5 am (Table 2).

Gold yesTable 2. According to AWIS this Goldsboro location had a frost event this morning

This Air Force Base location (Goldsboro) did not!

gold noTable 3. Note that winds were same at 4 am as Table 2, but winds stayed at about 3 mph for this location through the rest of the early morning. More importantly, the minimum temp was 38 F (vs. 35 for the other Goldsboro location).

Grower Report:

1. Did you see FROST this morning? (Y/N)

2. Your location:______________________

3. When did frost start forming this morning? _________

4. Did you have open blossoms? (Y/N)_____________

How many per plant (average):

5. Did you protect? (Y/N)

6. Bonus question: what was your minimum canopy temp this morning according SkyBit? ________

Here is a summary Weather across NC this morning at airports from AccuWeather:

Aiirpot/time Temp Rel. Wind Vis. Weather
(°F) Hum. Spd/Dir (mi)
Asheville Reg Airport, NC
7am 45 89 1/CLM 6 Sunny
Charlotte / Douglas Intl Airport, NC
7am 46 65 5/ESE 10 Cloudy
Elizabeth City Muni Airport, NC
7am 40 62 9/ENE 10 Sunny
New Bern / Simmons Nott Airport, NC
7am 39 79 6/NE 10 P/Sunny
Fayetteville Muni Airport, NC
7am 38 79 5/NE 10 Sunny
Fayetteville / Ft Bragg, NC
7am 40 69 7/E 10 M/Cloudy
Goldsboro / Johnson Afb, NC
7am 36 97 3/ENE 10 M/Cloudy
Greensboro-Winstn Salem Airport, NC
7am 40 67 1/CLM 10 P/Sunny
Hoffman / Mackall Aaf, NC
7am 38 88 4/N 10 Sunny
Hickory Muni Airport, NC
7am 46 73 1/CLM 10 Cloudy
Wilmington / New Hanover Airport, NC
7am 42 76 7/NNE 10 Cloudy
Winston-Salem / Smth-Rey Airport, NC
7am 40 70 1/CLM 10 Cloudy
Kinston / Stallings Airport, NC
7am 36 80 1/CLM 10 P/Sunny
Manteo / Dare Co Airport, NC
7am 41 75 12/NE 10 P/Sunny
Bogue Field, NC
10pm 46 70 10/NE 10 M/Cloudy
Cherry Point Airport, NC
7am 43 79 11/NE 10 Sunny
Jacksonville / Ellis Airport, NC
7am 36 80 6/NNE 10 M/Cloudy
Greenville / Pitt Airport, NC
7am 41 70 4/E 10 Cloudy
Fayetteville / Pope Afb, NC
7am 39 76 4/NE 10 Sunny
Raleigh / Durham Airport, NC
7am 38 57 1/CLM 10 P/Sunny
Rocky Mount-Wilson Airport, NC
7am 39 72 4/NNE 10 Cloudy
Statesville, NC
6am 42 81 1/CLM 10 Clear

You may click on the town/city nearest your location to see what AWIS is indicating for your FROST situation this morning:


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 Mcalf_Bogue_Fiel Monroe_AP_NC Morganton-Morga
Mount_Airy-Moun New_Bern North_Wilkesbor Oxford_NC
Piney_Island_Bom Pope_AFB Raleigh-Durham Reidsville_AP
Roanoke_Rap_AP Roanoke_Rapids_R Rockingham_NC Rocky_Mount-Wils
Roxboro_AP Rutherfordton Salisbury-Rowan Sanford_NC
Shelby_AP_NC Smithfield_AP Southern_Pines Southport_NC
Statesville-Sta Tarboro_AP Wadesboro_AP Washington-Warr
Whiteville_NC Wilmington_AP_NC Winston-Salem

Thanks for taking time to provide me with this valuable feedback today!

Barclay Poling

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Photo of Dr. Barclay PolingDr. Barclay PolingFormer Professor and Extension Specialist, Strawberries and Muscadines (919) 515-5373 (Office) barclay_poling@ncsu.eduHorticultural Science - NC State University
Updated on Mar 24, 2015
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