AWIS Weather Forecast 3/25 – 3/30: Wind, Heat and a Chance for Frost

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AWIS Weather Forecast 3/25 – 3/30: Wind, Heat, and a Chance for Frost

Weather Pattern Discussion

It is spring, so not unusual for current fast-moving weather patterns to occur over the next couple weeks. This means up/down temperatures, mostly Southwest gusty winds in the 20-30+ MPH ranges across Northern 1/2 Georgia and Carolinas by late today into Friday afternoon spreading into areas further North as well as strong low pressure at surface and aloft moves NE through TN/Ohio valley region. Most rain totals under 1 inch, with the heavier totals over the Mid Atlantic States.

Our main concern will be warm temperatures well into this weekend with temperatures as much as 10-20 degrees above normal, particularly the Mid-Atlantic area. This will speed bud and bloom development over the next few days.

Given fast West to East movement of disturbances, expect forecasts to get adjusted, particularly for time periods of several days into the future.

We recommend to secure your row-covers for the next days, and in some areas in North Carolina consider cooling measures to battle heat stress.

Heat Forecasts for the Region

While minimum temperatures are not of concern over the coming days (chances for frost), temperature will be well above normal for today until end the weekend (Figure 1). Early next week, there will be conditions in some areas North of the Carolinas that might call for frost protection (Figure 2). There might be a slight chance for heat stress in the Southeastern plains in North Carolina. Please read this article if you need more guidance.

Max temperature forecast for Thursday Max temperature forecast for Friday Max temperature forecast for Saturday Max temperature forecast for Sunday

Figure 1: AWIS MAXIMUM Temperatures Forecasts: for North Carolina 3/25-3-28. High Temperatures are especially reached on Friday (3/28/2021). While we think that most areas in North Carolina will be fine and that higher wind speeds may provide some release from heat stress, growers in the Southeastern Plains could consider to drip irrigate in the morning for a few hours to cool down the crop and reduce heat stress. Please read this article if you need more guidance.

Chance for Frost in Some Regions at the East Coast Early Next Week

It will cool down some on Monday. By then, blooms should be out and frost protection gear (row-covers and sprinkler systems) need to be in the field! We highly recommend to have an integrated approach using both, row covers and sprinklers.

East coast minimum temperature forecast

East coast minimum temperature forecast

Figure 2: AWIS Minimum Temperatures Forecasts for the region 3/29-3/30. Lower minimum temperatures in northern North Carolina and northern states might increase the risk of frost for nights from Sunday to Monday and Monday to Tuesday.

High Wind Speeds for the Coming Days: Secure Your Row Covers

High windspeeds with 20-30mph wind gusts are moving in later today and will stay in our region until Saturday. We recommend securing your row covers now!

Hourly Forecasts

North Carolina

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

South Carolina

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


Albany_Municipa Alma/Bacon_Co Americus_AP Athens_Municipa
Atlanta/DeKalb Atlanta/Fulton Atlanta_Intl_Ar Atlanta_Paulding
Augusta/Bush_Fi Augusta_Daniel_F Bainbridge_GA Blakely_AP
Brunswick_GA Brunswick/Glync Canton_GA Carrollton_AP
Cartersville_AP Claxton_AP Columbus_GA Covington_GA_AP
Dalton-Dalton_M Douglas_Muni Dublin/WHBarron Fitzgerald_AP
Fort_Benning Ft_Stewart/Wrig Gainesville_AP_G Greensboro_GA
Homerville_AP Hunter_(AAF) Jesup_AP La_Grange
Lakeland Lawrenceville_AP Macon_AP Marietta
Marietta/Cobb Milledgeville_AP Moultrie_Muni_AP Newnan-Newnan_C
Peachtree_City Rome_GA Savannah Statesboro_GA
Swainsboro_AP Sylvania_AP_GA Thomaston_AP Thomasville_AP
Thomson_GA Tifton_AP Valdosta Valdosta/Moody
Vidalia Warner_Robins_A Washington_GA Waycross_AP


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


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

This post was created under the consultation of AWIS Weather Services and Dr. Barclay Poling.