April 5, 2017 Ag Forecast Update

Eric Snodgrass
Senior Atmospheric Scientist

The weather this Thursday and Friday will be a reminder that despite a very warm February and warm end to March, history shows us that frost through mid-April should be expected. Late this week, a large low pressure system will push through the Great Lakes, allowing for strong northerly winds to bring sub-freezing temperatures into the corn belt. 

Figure 1. Average day of the last spring freeze (1981-2010). Source: NOAA.

Figure 1. Average day of the last spring freeze (1981-2010). Source: NOAA.

Figure 2. GFS Forecast for 7AM (CST) on Friday April 7, 2017. Source: NCEP/www.tropicaltidbits.com

Figure 2. GFS Forecast for 7AM (CST) on Friday April 7, 2017. Source: NCEP/www.tropicaltidbits.com