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Impactful Frost Projects to Arrive in Parts of the Midwest on October 10-11

 

By Successful Farming

Agriculture.com - 10/3/2019

 

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Portions of the Midwest felt cooler temperatures on Thursday morning, sparking concern about frost among farmers.

 

Temperatures dipped toward freezing in parts of western North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska early on Thursday.

 

THURSDAY’S FALSE ALARM

 

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Portions of the Midwest felt cooler temperatures on Thursday morning, sparking concern about frost among farmers.

 

Temperatures dipped toward freezing in parts of western North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska early on Thursday.

 

THURSDAY’S FALSE ALARM

 

Mohler also points out the lower temperatures lasted for around an hour, which has less of an impact compared with a three- or four-hour period.

 

For temperatures to begin causing damage, it has to sink below 30°F., says Mohler.

 

The National Weather Service lists a frost occurring as temperatures fall between 36°F. A freeze is involved when temperatures dip between 28°F. and 32°F., and a hard freeze can happen below 28°F., according to the National Weather Service.

 

WEEKEND OUTLOOK

 

After Thursday’s scare, the short-term view looks unfavorable toward any potential Midwest frost.

 

“I don’t think there’s really much to be concerned about through the weekend and into early next week,” Mohler says.

 

Monday morning could generate more frost chatter in Minnesota and Wisconsin, but Mohler expects temperatures to stay in the range of 33°F. to 34°F. as the low.

 

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