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donna in w.v    Posted 03-02-2005 at 09:23:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
can anyone recommend a good site for frost dates? the mountain has a little different timing than the rest of w.v. Someone said there was a page that let you put in your zip code and get an answer. Any suggestions. Goggled but wasn't very successful.


screaminghollow    Posted 03-02-2005 at 15:18:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
even in zip codes there can be a big difference for frosts. I live down in a ravine, since we are partially sheltered from the wind, it can really warm up down at the house on a sunny winter day, Yet it is often colder down at the house early am than at the top of the hill. In the fall, we can actually feel the difference in temp just walking up the hill at night. For instance, the sheeps's water trough had almost a half inch of ice this am. that is at the bottom of the hill. only a few hundred yards up the hill, the horses trough barely had a skim of ice. Both were clear last night when I fed the animals. It is often cooler in the morning at the house than any other place around. I often have frost on the car windows a week later than other places in the spring and earlier than others in the fall. (In fact last November, early am, I drove my truck up the hill to pick up the neighbor to go to an auction. He is a quarter mile up the hill. My truck windows were frosty and had to be scraped, his cars only had dew. )



Bkeepr    Posted 03-02-2005 at 10:26:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Donna:

I don't know a site, but if one exists I'd be interested.

I'm afraid frost can be so localized that even a zip code map may not be good enough. My little place is in a small valley, so I seem to get frost a week or more later in the spring than other places just a mile or two up the road from me. I've just kept my own records since we've moved here and "figured out" my own safe planting dates.

good luck, though.
Tom A


Is this it?    Posted 03-02-2005 at 10:40:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Here's a link that tells your zone by zip code, and then below the map says what the average dates are. For me, it said I was between zones, which is about right, so perhaps it is accurate.

Bkeepr Tom A


deadcarp    Posted 03-02-2005 at 15:28:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
may 12th is right in there - i was surprised to note that south carolina is may 11th - anyway by mid-march we generally only have snow left in piles. takes so long for the ground to thaw & get up to sprouting temp though - it doesn't really pay to plant much early. i've found frozen dirt in postholes in july. :)


hollie    Posted 03-02-2005 at 11:14:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
hey thats neat!!! i checked mine..now i know when to put out my measley 4 little tomatoes plants......lol


Katrina    Posted 03-02-2005 at 10:25:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
This one might help answer your specific question. If it all fits on the screen, there is a block in the lower right corner of the map that you can expand it to get a better view of the specific area. Hope this helps.

http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/documentlibrary/freezefrost/Spring32F_hires.jpg


Katrina    Posted 03-02-2005 at 09:43:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Try again:

http://www.humeseeds.com/frost1.htm


Katrina    Posted 03-02-2005 at 09:42:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Donna - I found this site that might help. Still looking though.



wacahootaman    Posted 03-02-2005 at 09:38:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ask any of the farmers or experienced gardners in your area. They will know.

You can allways start most plants indoors under lights or in a greenhouse before the last frost and just put them in the ground later.

Down here, the average date of the last killing frost is over with, but you can still get one as late as March 20


donna in w.v    Posted 03-02-2005 at 12:04:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
that was my first idea and got 5 locals and 5 answers


Dale Anne    Posted 03-02-2005 at 09:35:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
I dont have that info fer ya but can tell ya june-august dont ecpect frost lol......I never go by what the almanac and weather forcasters say!...I am in the foot hills and they can say kinda cold but above 40...and we get frost!...had to cover my new rose bushes last night and the night before that cause of frost...weathermen didnt tell me but my bones sure did...and they were right...says something fer getting old lol....i also judge rain bu my goats [crazy serious look]..weather man says rain and my goats are outside the shed he is full of it...say sun all day and my goats wont come out...hes a fibber lol....good luck on yer search know I wasnt very helpful but perhaps ya got a smile out of my foolishness....Dale Anne


donna in w.v    Posted 03-02-2005 at 12:18:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I live on a mountain 3,450 ft above sea lenvel and I'm sure your right about july and august but i wouldn't be on june.


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