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Overall A Tranquil Few Days For The Lower 48

The next few days will overall be tranquil across the Lower 48 with no major storm systems. Temperatures will mainly be below normal in the Eastern two-thirds of the U.S., locally heavy snow is expected in the central and southern Rockies and High Plains, showers and thunderstorms are possible along the Gulf Coast into Florida and air stagnation issues are likely to persist in the Northwest. Read More >

 

** 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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