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NWS Burlington's Frost/Freeze Program for our forecast area (All of Vermont, except Bennington and Windham counties and Clinton, Essex, Franklin and St. Lawrence counties in NY) will begin as follows:

April 25th - Champlain and St. Lawrence River Valleys
May 5th - Central Vermont
May 15th - NE VT and Northern Adirondacks

The attached graphic represents 2012 start dates for other regions in the Northeast. As of today, we're still awaiting decisions from NWS offices responsible for NH and ME, yet these dates should be the same or slightly later than what's depicted for Vermont.

This is ten days earlier than the "Normal" Start of the program based on Climatological Average Last Freezes -
http://www.erh.noaa.gov/btv/climo/freeze/

We ARE NOT encouraging early planting/gardening, but responding to the fact that the well above normal temperatures of this winter and spring have promoted farmers and local gardening enthusiasts to get "an early start". Remember, frost and freezes can occur as late as June in a good portion of Vermont and northern New York.

Basically, the Frost/Freeze program is a guide for small farmers and local gardeners to assist in their decision making when freezing temperatures threaten tender vegetation. Basically, it's up to each individual to monitor forecasts and when temperatures threaten to fall into the mid 30s or colder to take the necessary precautions to protect their plants.

Attached is a draft Public Information statement that will be issued later this week or early next week announcing the formal start of the Frost/Freeze program for portions of our forecast area.

Any ???, feel free to contact me.

Scott


Scott L. Whittier
Warning Coordination Meteorologist 
DOC/NOAA/National Weather Service
Burlington Int'l Airport
1200 Airport Drive
S. Burlington VT 05403-6028
802-862-8711 x223
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