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** PLEASE NOTE: as of Nov. 1:  NWS Hastings HAS DISCONTINUED FREEZE WARNINGS THIS FALL for our entire 30-county coverage area. Freeze Warnings and Frost Advisories will again become possible as needed when the growing season starts up again in spring 2022 **

According to longer-term averages, the NWS Hastings coverage area of south central Nebraska and north central Kansas is NOW ACTUALLY PAST THE 1-3 WEEK PERIOD THAT FEATURES THE AVERAGE DATE OF THE FIRST FALL HARD/KILLING FREEZE! 

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 2020, most of our coverage area had its first true fall freeze and/or hard freeze sometime between Oct. 16-26. --

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!

 Looking Ahead: ** Fall 2021 Potential-For-FREEZE Forecast ** (valid through Nov. 2):
 (updated: Nov. 1) 

  • As of Nov. 1: this forecast section has been DISCONTINUED for the fall. Now that we are into November and WELL PAST the average first freeze dates, sub-freezing temperatures should no longer be considered unusual. In addition, NWS Hastings will no longer issue Freeze Warnings this fall. 

**  The 2021 growing season has EFFECTIVELY ENDED ** 

Looking Back to Last Fall (2020): 

  • Overall, the first freeze/hard freeze of Fall 2020 was fairly typical and "on schedule", although if anything it did lean slightly later than 30-year averages. Generally speaking, most areas recorded their first freeze and/or hard freeze sometime during the Oct. 16-26 time frame, although a few mainly northern/western local spots (such as Greeley/Ord/Cambridge) observed "barely-freezing" temperatures as early as Sep. 29-Oct. 2. Even a small part of our southeastern coverage area (particularly Thayer/Fillmore counties) saw slightly-freezing temperatures during this earlier time frame. 
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