Posted: 4:55 pm Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

There came a Killing Freeze 

By Kirk Mellish

It’s not at all unusual to get a frost or freeze in March or April, EVEN after a warm winter or in a mild spring as I have pointed out for many months now in blogs and on Twitter @ MellishMeterWSB

However, obviously just HOW mild the winter was will determine how far advanced from normal the crops and plants get. And that in turn determines the vulnerability to said frost or freeze, whether it comes at a normal time and severity or worse.

This season many plants are 3 weeks or more ahead of normal growing schedule, so with way below normal and even near record level cold temperatures two nights in a row, the susceptibility level is high for potential damage to house plants, crops and orchards.

Here in the South and Southeast freeze warnings are extensive for the second night in a row. The USDA reports low temperatures are posing a significant threat to fruit crops that have already bloomed, as well as winter wheat, ornamental plants, and recently emerged spring-sown crops such as corn and watermelons. The threat of freeze damage to Southeastern fruit and nut crops, as well as winter wheat and ornamentals will persist through at least Thursday morning, with some risk of additional frost on Friday morning. Effects of the multi-day Southeastern freezes may not be fully known for days or weeks.

Take precautions to protect life and property from the cold: Plants, pets, people, pipes and automobiles. Bundle up the kids for the school bus stop Thursday morning.

FREEZE AND HARD FREEZE WARNINGS IN SHADES OF PURPLE:

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POTENTIAL RECORD LOW TEMPERATURES CIRCLED THURSDAY AM:

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MODEL TEMPERATURE PROJECTIONS THURSDAY MORNING:

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Our cold wave and the passing flurries of the past two days come compliments of the backside of the Nor’Easter blizzard…

Maybe not the greatest song but I liked it as a kid anyway, probably because of the combo western motif and weather allusions, WILDFIRE by America:

She comes down from Yellow Mountain
On a dark, flat land she rides
On a pony she named Wildfire
With a whirlwind by her side
On a cold Nebraska night

Oh, they say she died one winter
When there came a killing frost
And the pony she named Wildfire
Busted down its stall
In a blizzard he was lost…

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