It may seem hard to believe given our recent/ongoing warmth, but according to longer-term averages, the NWS Hastings coverage area of south central Nebraska and north central Kansas is now ENTERING THE HEART OF TIME FRAME THAT FEATURES THE AVERAGE DATE OF THE FIRST POTENTIAL FROST.
Of course, as outlined extensively in the data presented below, the first fall frost/freeze dates can vary tremendously from one year to the next, and just within the past 30 years, “first freezes” have ranged anywhere from mid-September to early-November. Last year in 2019, most of our coverage area had its first true fall freeze on Oct.11/12.
Please refer to the wealth of information within the tabs below (including tables and maps of average frost/freeze/hard freeze dates) to “stay on top” of the frost/freeze situation across the local area this fall. This includes the “Looking Ahead” section just below, as it will highlight any nights within the next 7-10 days that appear to hold frost/freeze potential (if any). Finally, check out the last tab for a glance back at the RECORD-EARLIEST frost/freeze that parts of our area experienced on Sep. 3, 1974!