April '16 Cold & Final Freeze Stats
Now that the final snow events of the winter season are likely behind us, most are transitioning into warm season operations. As the winter and spring season battle it out, these early weeks of spring can be especially frustrating for landscapers. Mother Nature often “tricks” sprouting flowers with warm and sunny days only to be followed by a hard freeze overnight. However, by definition, the growing season does not officially begin until we have seen our last freeze of the winter. But when does that typically happen? See the chart below to find out.
Of course, these dates are just an average so to get a better date range of the final freeze, we’ve also included a table showing the all-time latest date each of these Northeast cities have dipped to or even below the freezing mark.
April 2016 is running about 2 - 5 degrees cooler than normal thus far and many have experienced freezing temperatures well after these dates listed in the map above. Considering the mild winter we had, it’s hard to believe the amount of subfreezing nights the Northeast has observed...in April! In fact, as of April 13, 2016, most of the major cities along the I – 95 corridor have seen 3 – 6 subfreezing nights with a few even reaching record cold levels! The period from April 3rd to April 6th was especially chilly as back to back mornings fell below freezing. The morning of April 6th set daily record lows in Baltimore, MD, Atlantic City, NJ, Islip, NY and Harford, CT as many tumbled into the low to mid 20s. For some, it ranks among the coldest April lows of all-time! Not only has this been one of the coldest starts to April in the last 20 years but last year many, especially from New York City to D.C, either saw zero or just one subfreezing night during the first two weeks of the month. Looking ahead, we should be entering a warming trend so the final freeze of the year likely will be in mid – April for the mid – Atlantic but may hold until late April for New England. See next month’s newsletter to find out!