Keep’n an Eye on Easter Morning & Multi-State Update (10:30am, Tue., 3/31/15)

— Written By Barclay Poling

Will there be a serious cold event Easter morning (April 5)?

It is too early to really tell, but  it does appear that this will be our coldest day over over the next 7-days. Here is the state by state rundown as of Tuesday morning (3/31), and please note that in MD, VA and colder areas in NC, SC, TN and KY there may be some frost events to contend with during the week this week!

In fact, I just heard from a grower in Roper, NC, who did have a frost this morning (this was after I had given up on hearing from anyone that had a frost in NC today):

roperFig. 1. Roper, NC, did have frost this morning (see report by Scot Luton)

Scot Luton, ROPER, NC (8:13 a.m., 3.31)

Good Morning. (3 quick points)

  1. We had frost in Roper,NC last night. Sky bit showed canopy temp of 36 but we were down to 31.I left a few rows uncovered last night and checked bloom temp from 4 a.m. until 7:45 a.m. and ran drip on the uncovered rows. We had a heavy dew at 4 with frost forming on covers.
  2. With drip the bloom temp was 33.8 degrees and no frost.
  3. The plants uncovered without drip  had frost on them at 5 a.m.I have never tried the drip for frost protection and was curious(and maybe a little fool hardy) to see if it would work in borderline frost conditions. I still like covers because I can put them on and sleep soundly. Scot Luton

1. Maryland 7 day minimum temp forecast: AWIS MD Mar 31 – Apr 7

7daytemp.at.2Fig. 2. Minimum temps in Mid-Atlantic and VA tomorrow morning. As noted by our friend Mr. Scot Luton, he had frost with a SkyBit canopy forecast of 36 for this morning in Roper, NC (near Plymouth). The actual low was 31 F.  Lesson:  YOU CAN NEVER BE TOO CAREFUL AT THIS TIME OF YEAR, especially once growers in MD are underway with bloom, as we are now down in  Carolinas.

10-DAY DETAILED HOURLY WEATHER FORECASTS 

Aberdeen Andrews_AFB Annapolis_Naval Baltimore_Sci_Ce
Baltimore/Wash Cambridge/Dorche College_Park_AP Cumberland_AP
Easton_MD Fort_Meade Frederick_MD Gaithersburg_AP
Hagerstown_AP Leonardtown Middle_River Oakland_MD_AP
Ocean_City_AP Patuxent_River Salisbury Stevensville_AP
St_Inigoes/Webst Washington_DC_AP Westminster_AP

2. Virginia AWIS VA Mar 31 – Apr 7

10-DAY DETAILED HOURLY WEATHER FORECASTS 

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

3. North Carolina AWIS NC Mar 31- Apr 7

10-DAY DETAILED HOURLY WEATHER FORECASTS 

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

4. South Carolina AWIS SC Mar 31 – Apr 7

10-DAY DETAILED HOURLY WEATHER FORECASTS 

Aiken_AP Anderson_Co_Air Barnwell_AP Beaufort_Cnty_AP
Beaufort_SC Bennettsville_Je Camden_AP Charleston_Exec_
Charleston_Muni Cheraw_AP Chester_AP Clemson-Clemson
Columbia-Columb Columbia/McEnti Columbia_Metro Conway_AP
Darlington Florence_SC Georgetown_AP_SC Greenville_Donal
Greenville_Down Greenville-Spart Greenwood-Green Hartsville_AP
Hilton_Head_AP Kingstree_AP Lancaster-McWhir Laurens_AP
Manning_AP Marion_AP_SC Moncks_Corner_AP Mount_Pleasant_A
Myrtle_Beach Newberry_AP North_Myrtle_Be Orangeburg-Oran
Pickens_AP Rock_Hill Spartanburg_Down Summerville_AP
Sumter_AP Sumter_SC Walterboro_AP Winnsboro_AP

5. Tennessee  AWIS TN Mar 31 – Apr 7

10-DAY DETAILED HOURLY WEATHER FORECASTS 

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

6. Kentucky AWIS KY Mar 31 – Apr 7

10-DAY DETAILED HOURLY WEATHER FORECASTS 

Bowling_Green Covington Danville-Powell_ Fort_Campbell
Fort_Knox/Godma Frankfort_AP Glasgow_KY Henderson_City
Jackson_KY Lexington_KY London_Corbin Louisville_AP
Louisville/Bowm Middlesboro_AP Monticello_KY_AP Murray_AP
Owensboro_AP Paducah Richmond_Madison Somerset(AWOS)

Good luck!

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
“An idealist believes the short run does not count. A cynic believes the long run does not matter. A realist believes that what is done or left undone in the short run determines the long run.”

Sidney J. Harris, In: Reclaiming a Lost Heritage – Land-Grant & Other Higher Education Initiatives for the Twenty-first Century