Saturday, March 29, 2008

Late Frost?

I mentioned elsewhere I've been thinking this last winter has seemed colder than usual. Maybe it's even a short term record? I'm not saying we had record freezes, just that maybe we had more nights where the temperature dipped into the 30s than is normal.

Or maybe it's just me? The older you get the colder you feel.

So what about this morning's frost? It's almost April and showed the temperature when I got up this morning as 29 degrees. No wonder I kept hearing the heater go on last night.

Once the sun came up I noticed the roofs covered in frost. I'm trying to find what the last average frost for Eureka is. I thought I read it as being around March 15. It's certainly not January 30 as this silly list suggests.

Anybody know where to find the real average last frost date for Eureka?

Update: I've just found two other sites with frost data but they give the same dates as the first one I found. I'm sure that's not right. I thought it was Nov. 15 as the first average frost, March 15 as last average frost.


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At 9:57 AM, Blogger Carol said...

I think the thermometer is broken on our porch. It is reading 52 degrees and there is frost. Fred, it is global warming!

At 10:23 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Yep, and probably all my fault since I drove my truck to Winco and Taco Bell yesterday.

The thermometer on my back patio is usually pretty close to in the night time, but during the day it traps a lot of heat so shows it warmer than the weather service does.

At 10:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been discussing this with my coworkers lately. I moved here in the early 90's and I remember it being much wetter, and not so cold. It would only dip below freezing once, maybe twice a year. And it was ALWAYS raining in winter. Now I have to fill the dog bowls with a hose, not rain. When I get up in the morning, they're frozen. I thought it was global "warming"! I'm cold!

At 10:44 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Well, the global warming believers are calling it Climate Change now so they can include record low temperatures as proof that man is altering the climate.

I've been hearing more and more blurbs in the news- ones that don't get a lot of media coverage- about record lows all over the place, and what appears to be a cooling trend over the last few years.

CLS, over at the Classically Liberal blog does a pretty good job of compiling rebuttals to man caused global warming. There's a link to his blog in my right sidebar. He doesn't concentrate on that, though, so you'll have to look for specific posts.

There's one up on his Previous Posts lists now on how ski resorts in Europe are staying open later this year because colder temperatures have kept the snow around longer.

At 4:36 PM, Blogger Gary said...

Back in the 70's, we grew most of our own food and raised many animals. We got a lot of climate information from the Agricultural Extension at Spruce Point to help with the timing of planting various crops and to optimize our production. It's been a long time, but I seem to remember the information we received said March 15 was the average date of the last killing frost. The key words being "killing frost" and "average".

Then there was an early June morning in 1976 when we had a couple of inches of snow on the ground in Blue Lake. We turned on the sprinklers, which melted the snow and saved most of our young plants.

At 8:20 AM, Blogger Carol said...

It is going to be even colder tonight.

I remember snow in April to the coast in either 1989 or 1990.

At 9:42 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Funny how I didn't see any Severe Weather warning on the other day before yesterday mornings good frost. But there was one this morning warning of heavy frost, or some such, and there was only a light frost around my house. I didn't see any frost on the vehicles parked in the street.

At 1:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can recall snow on April 7 sometime in the early 80's right here at the coast (well, I'm in Mickeyvile now and was in Westhaven then) and have read somewhere that the last frost date for Humboldt County is 5/15.

In '89 or '90 I don't recall any snow after the February 2 storm.

Had frost in August here last year.


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