Western Nebraska sees Pockets of Freeze and Frost - UNL CropWatch, Sept. 21, 2011

Western Nebraska sees Pockets of Freeze and Frost - UNL CropWatch, Sept. 21, 2011

September 21, 2011

Frost to freeze conditions developed across the northern Panhandle during the early morning hours of September 21.

Hard freeze conditions (<28°F) were reported at the Alliance Airport, while moderate freeze conditions (29-30°F) were reported at Broadwater, Harrison, and Harrisburg. Light frost (31-32°F) were reported at Chadron and Gordon.

These are the only locations that have reported frost/freeze conditions, but it is likely that areas prone to cold air drainage will have experienced low temperatures of 32°F or less. It is probable that pockets of freeze damage did occur to late maturing crops, but the lack of significant cropping acreage in the impacted region likely limited yield losses.

Al Dutcher
State Climatologist