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Heavy Rainfall for the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic Today; Hot Temperatures in Southern California

A slow moving cold front will gradually progress through the eastern third of the U.S. today through Thursday with possible severe weather and heavy rainfall which may bring flash flooding. Moderate Risks for excessive rainfall have been issued for the central Great Lakes into the central Appalachians, and Pennsylvania today and Thursday. A Heat Advisory is in effect for southern California. Read More >

This web page displays normal spring frost and freeze dates based on 1981-2010 climate normals data.


Example of how to read these charts: Let's say you're planning to plant frost-sensitive vegetables in Medford, OR near the airport.  If you plant the vegetables on Apr 16, there's a 90 percent chance there will be at least one more morning with temperatures 36 degrees or lower, indicating the potential for frost.  If you plant on May 5, there's a 50 percent chance that another frost will occur.  So, that's essentially equal chances.  Lastly, if you wait until May 22, there's only a 10 percent chance of another frost occurring (temperatures 36F or lower).  If you have no risk tolerance for frost, then it's best to wait until the green date of May 22.


Additionally, some locations can have frost all year round, and these include Yreka, Klamath Falls, and Mount Shasta City.  Look below this first chart to get normal last spring freeze dates (32 degrees or lower).


Spring Last Frost Probability Dates





Normal Spring Freeze Dates