PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PEACHTREE CITY GA
500 AM EST TUE MAR 1 2011

...WFO PEACHTREE CITY SPRING FROST/FREEZE PROGRAM TO BEGIN EARLY...

AFTER COORDINATION WITH THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE...THE
UGA AGRICULTURE EXTENSION...AND THE GEORGIA FRUIT AND VEGETABLE
GROWERS ASSOCIATION...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN
PEACHTREE CITY WILL BEGIN OUR SPRING FROST/FREEZE PROGRAM
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY. TYPICALLY...WE BEGIN THE SPRING
FROST/FREEZE PROGRAM ON THE DATE OF THE AVERAGE LAST SPRING
FREEZE...AROUND MID-MARCH FOR CENTRAL GEORGIA...LATE MARCH FOR THE
METRO AREA...AND EARLY TO MID-APRIL FOR NORTH GEORGIA.
HOWEVER...BECAUSE OF THE UNSEASONABLY WARM TEMPERATURES WE HAVE
HAD THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS...SPRING PLANTS HAVE BEGUN TO BUD
ALREADY. FREEZING TEMPERATURES COULD SEVERELY DAMAGE THESE YOUNG
PLANTS.

A FREEZE WATCH IS ISSUED WHEN CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR
TEMPERATURES TO BE 32 DEGREES OR BELOW FOR ANY LENGTH OF TIME IN
THE NEXT 12 TO 48 HOURS DURING THE GROWING SEASON. A FREEZE
WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO BE 32 DEGREES
OR BELOW FOR ANY LENGTH OF TIME IN THE NEXT 12 HOURS DURING THE
GROWING SEASON. A FROST ADVISORY IS ISSUED WHEN THE MINIMUM
TEMPERATURE IS EXPECTED TO BE 33 TO 36 DEGREES IN THE NEXT 12
HOURS DURING THE GROWING SEASON...ON NIGHTS WITH GOOD RADIATIONAL
COOLING CONDITIONS THAT WOULD PROMOTE FROST FORMATION.


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