End of the Growing Season

By: Jamie Arnold
By: Jamie Arnold

Sunday night basically brought an end to the growing season for all of eastern NC.

The growing season is defined as the period between the last frost in the Spring and the first frost in the fall.

While many inland areas had their first frost of the season last week, it took until last night for heavy frost and freezing temperatures to make it almost to the coast.

Lows this morning reached all the way to 33° as far east as Morehead City.  Jacksonville was the cold spot this morning with a low of 28°, and New Bern bottomed out at 30°. All but the immediate beaches of the Crystal Coast, and the Outer Banks have now had a killing frost and freeze.

Despite the record warmth of the summer and early fall, this has actually been one of the shortest growing seasons in quite a while.  That is thanks partially to the first frost and freeze running a week or so ahead of normal, and the unusually late killing freeze we saw in late April.

So for now, the yards are brown, the flowers are dead, and the trees are quickly turning...winter is around the corner.

But hey...my grandmother always taught me that the collards were the sweetest after the first frost.

See you on TV...

Jamie

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