Keep’n an Eye on Easter Morning & Multi-State Update (10:30am, Tue., 3/31/15)
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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):
Scot Luton, ROPER, NC (8:13 a.m., 3.31)
Good Morning. (3 quick points)
- 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.
- With drip the bloom temp was 33.8 degrees and no frost.
- 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
Fig. 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.
2. Virginia AWIS VA Mar 31 – Apr 7
3. North Carolina AWIS NC Mar 31- Apr 7
4. South Carolina AWIS SC Mar 31 – Apr 7
5. Tennessee AWIS TN Mar 31 – Apr 7
6. Kentucky AWIS KY Mar 31 – Apr 7
Raleigh, NC 27695-7609
Sidney J. Harris, In: Reclaiming a Lost Heritage – Land-Grant & Other Higher Education Initiatives for the Twenty-first Century