How to Protect Sensitive Crops from Frost/Freeze

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By Stephen Gode on October 6, 2014, 12:00pm Last modified: October 7, 2014, 3:02pm

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Many towns in Northern Connecticut had their first frost of the season this morning.  With the growing season is continuing, for now. With additional frost/freezes in days ahead, what are some ways to protect sensitive plants from a frost or freeze?

Radiation frosts can form on strong radiational cooling nights with calm conditions (less than 5 mph). A clear sky and calm winds allow a temperature inversion to develop for surface temperatures near the ground to be below freezing during a radiation frost. The thickness of the inversion layer varies from about 30 to 200 feet.

A freeze can still form with windy conditions when temperatures fall below 32°F. An advection freeze occurs under windy conditions when a large, dry, cold air mass, several thousand feet thick, moves into an area. A radiation freeze occurs when a dry cold air mass settles in an area with little or no wind and an absence of cloud cover during the night.

Click through the next slides to learn how to protect your crops from frost!

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Stephen Gode

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