Is frost concerns making you hesitant to plant?


I’m sure you’ve seen the robins, cardinals (even the baseball team) and the buds blooming on trees. The feel of spring is all here and if you have a green thumb you’re probably itching to get out there in the dirt and plant.

However, the weather is always a concern when it comes to planting at this time of the year. Are you worried about cold temperatures and frost?

Well here is a look at some of the average last frost dates and data from over the last 30 years from the National Weather Service. From Illinois to right here in Terre Haute on paper we have pretty much passed the median last frost date that could concern you. Over the last 30 years anywhere from the third to fourth week of April tends to be where the overnight lows sometimes drop to those frost/freeze levels.
It’s now April 24th and although it is still possible to see frost, it’s becoming less typical as temperatures tend to trend warmer.
Unfortunately there isn’t any set date that gives you a 100% green light to grow. According to the NWS our average last frost date is the 21st of April which is now behind us.
As the storm team 10 looks ahead into the forecast there are still a few time frames that do look like temperatures can dip down in the coming week. So If you are planning on planting, it may not hurt to hold off a week especially if it is anything delicate provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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