Check for freezing temperatures overnight with Enviro-weather tool
Editor’s note: This article is from the archives of the MSU Crop Advisory Team Alerts. Check the label of any pesticide referenced to ensure your use is included.
Spring weather in Michigan is usually a mix of summer and winter, and delicate fruit crops can be at risk of injury from low temperatures. Enviro-weather has a tool that helps fruit producers protect their crop by determining if freezing temperatures have occurred overnight and predicting if they might occur the following night.
To view the Enviro-weather “overnight temperatures” tool, first select your local weather station from the Enviro-weather homepage (www.enviroweather.msu.edu). The “overnight temperatures” tool can be selected directly on the resulting station page (under “weather observations and summaries”).
Or you can select “fruit” from the list of commodities then click “overnight temperatures” under “weather summaries”, on the lower right side of the page.
The overnight temperature tool includes three tables. The average temperature each hour for the previous night (10:00 PM to 10:00 AM) is shown for the selected station and nearby weather stations. Freezing temperatures are highlighted in red.
The second table shows predicted low temperatures for following night for the same stations, and the third table shows the late afternoon dew points for the previous day. (Pictures not available at this time.)