We all know it’s been a brutal winter, but that doesn’t always mean that growing season will be cut short.
However, our recent trend of April and early May storms likely have some farmers concerned and the rest of us just plain unhappy.
But in a “typical” year… if there is such a thing… we should be getting our last spring freeze in the next week or two depending upon your location.
The last freeze in much of the Midwest and central Mississippi Valley should have occurred already by now, but unfortunately… everyone on the map below has seen a freeze in the last few days.
Minnesota and Wisconsin though are highly variable.
South central Minnesota and far southern Wisconsin will typically have the last 32° temperature during the last week of April… followed by the central parts of both states through the first week of May…and then lastly by the areas border the Great Lakes by the 3rd or even 4th week of May. If we take a closer look in the image below, specific data points are color coated to give you a more high resolution representation of when the last freeze occurs.
By this map… much of the metro, St Cloud, and central parts of the state are done with freezing conditions by May 1st, with the rest of the southern half of the state just a few days later. But clearly, the North Country takes longer, extending those freezing conditions into the last week of May with one last touch to the freeze mark before June arrives. Remember though, these are just the “typical” years with the last spring freeze coming as early as March in some years, and extending through much of May in others.