Note on Frost Frost Advisories and Weather

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Note from the Peanut Doctor:

I have been doing these frost advisories in Virginia for 24 years. It all started in summer of 1992. 2015 has featured some of the wettest harvesting conditions in years.

Looks like the 2015-2016 El Nino is already affecting the rainfall along the East Coast. El Nino usually increases the number of low pressure systems that move out of the Gulf of Mexico and up the eastern seaboard. This usually produces above average rainfall with cooler than average conditions. The cooler than average phenomenon is the result of cooler daytime high temperatures rather than colder overnight low temperatures.

The first report of frost occurred on Sunday October 18th, 2015 at Suffolk, Capron, Waverly, Greenville and Lewiston. The first forecast for frost was issued six days before the occurrence, on Monday October 12th, 2015.

The first frost in the peanut fields of South Carolina should hit this upcoming weekend, November 14-15.

Article first appeared as North Carolina Peanut Note (PNNC-2015-160)