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Skies clear, Friday stays cool

Posted April 5, 2012
Updated April 6, 2012

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— Temperatures in the Triangle took a tumble Thursday, and Friday was the coolest day in weeks. Even as early morning clouds cleared out and sunshine took over, "It's not as warm as it looks," WRAL meteorologist Nate Johnson warned.

The forecast high is 61 degrees with a persistent breeze through Friday afternoon.

Overnight, temperatures will dip toward the freezing mark. A frost advisory was in effect until 10 a.m. Saturday for most of the state. "We'll see a good spot of frost," Johnson said. "The clear skies will also help those temperatures fall tonight." 

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For farmers who have been seeing earlier-than-normal spring harvests because of warmer-than-normal weather, a late frost is always a worry.

At Ball’s Berries and Produce in Wake County, the strawberry plants are twice as full as they usually are at this time of year. "I never sold strawberries on Easter before, but we are going to have them this year," said Roger Ball. 

For horticulturist Barclay Poling, the brief, forecast chill comes as no surprise. "Here we are, Easter weekend, we are going to have another frost in North Carolina," he said.

"This is a very doable, manageable frost this weekend," Poling said, noting that farmers can use crop covers or spray crops to keep a light frost from damaging crops.

Farmers unfazed by frost threat Farmers unfazed by frost threat

Poling said strawberries are more hardy than many people may think. All that fruit in the field will be just fine, he said.

Temperatures warm quickly back into the 70s by Saturday afternoon in a return to the early warm weather that promises a great year for farmers like Ball.

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  • jblake1932 Apr 6, 2012

    Plus, it can't frost when there is a wind.

  • jblake1932 Apr 6, 2012

    Chairman: Negative, can't be changed. Besides, the formula you used is incorrect. Please review and correct.

  • Chairman of the Bored Apr 6, 2012

    "Technically impossible for frost to occur at 36. Try paying attention in school"

    If you were THAT good in school then you should understand why the temperature for water to freeze can be changed. Pv=nRT

  • Chairman of the Bored Apr 6, 2012

    The air temperature is measured at 6 ft ABOVE the ground. Therefore, the air temperature at the ground can be significantly colder, especially if the air is dry and their is no wind.

  • jblake1932 Apr 6, 2012

    Technically impossible for frost to occur at 36. Try paying attention in school, or better yet, goggle it. 32 is freezing folks. DUH!

  • kandrowens Apr 6, 2012

    apparently wind chill, a breeze, or ground temperature are foreign to some. geesh

  • Gerbil Herder Apr 6, 2012

    "Grumbleville."
    There seem to be few residents from that neck of the woods that are frequent posters.

  • simplelogic Apr 6, 2012

    "It certainly can frost at 36, but it can't freeze; where are you from?"

    LOL - Grumbleville. Non-stop flights occurring daily.

  • SteelThis Apr 6, 2012

    Technically, frost occurs at 32 and below, but even if the air is 36, the ground could be 32.

  • Gerbil Herder Apr 6, 2012

    It certainly can frost at 36, but it can't freeze; where are you from?

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