Frost in Friday Forecast for Northern Areas in Piedmont, Foothills and WNC (2:30pm, Wed, 4/22/15)

— Written By Barclay Poling

NC Frost update for later in the week:

There is now an actual forecast of FROST for this Friday morning in northern areas of Piedmont (like Reidsville), Foothills and Mountains. Note the latest minimum temperature map for NC for Friday (Fig. 1): 1. Current AWIS forecast for minimum temperatures on Friday morning. 2. This was yesterday’s forecast for this Friday morning and you can see how things have changed! For example, note the much more narrow band of light blue area (38-40) in yesterday’s forecast (Fig. 2) vs. today’s forecast for Friday morning (Fig. 1). 3. This is the current forecast for Thursday morning, 4/23. Also, please note that these generally cooler conditions will be with us into Saturday morning, 4/25 (Fig. 4). (1)Fig. 4. Minimum temperature map for Saturday morning across NC

NC 7-Day Minimum Temp Table: AWIS NC Apr 22-29

In this final section are the Detailed Hourly Forecasts for Numerous Locations Across NC. Note in Reidsville (Fig. 5),for example, that there is a forecast for FROST on Friday morning (Table 1). Growers in areas with temperatures in low 30’s should definitely be prepared to do some frost protecting on Friday morning. It is possible that winds on Friday morning may prevent frost formation in Western NC areas. Be aware that this is a dynamic situation, and the forecast could change again! Growers in Western NC should definitely check out the AWIS 10-Day Hourly Forecast for locations near their farm, as there is chance of frost on Thursday morning!

reid googleFig. 5. Reidsville is a north central piedmont location, and there is good potential of frost as early as 3 a.m. on Friday morning (Table 1).



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
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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