With some frost expected in northwest Wisconsin Wednesday night and across a good chunk of the state Thursday night we are all hoping this will be the end of the cold weather for the growing season. I ran a blog a few weeks ago about the average date of the last frost in spring in Wisconsin. In the TV-9 viewing area this date is usually in early May in the southeast sections to right around June 1st toward the Upper Michigan border.
Thankfully the pattern does look much warmer next week with a general southwest flow in the jet stream driving summerlike air into Wisconsin. So our chances beyond June 1st of getting frost are pretty low, I would say less than 20%. I do remember a devastating frost on Father’s Day back in the early 1990s that severely hurt the corn crop since most of it was up already about 6 or 8 inches by that point. I know a lot of tomato and pepper plants were lost in the area as well.
Think warm thoughts and I hope your yard is spared!
This post was written by Tony Schumacher on May 25, 2011