Fall freeze information Title

Temperatures during the early fall can fluctuate significantly here in the Tennessee Valley.  Daytime highs will often reach the 70s and 80s, especially early in the season, while nighttime lows can reach the 40s and occasionally the 30s.  However, as the season progresses, freezing temperatures often make an appearance by the end of the October at many locations.  By early November, most locations will usually have experienced a light freeze.  Below is a table of average first freeze dates for the locations indicated.  Also, earliest average hard freeze dates are included.  A hard freeze, locally, is defined by temperatures below 29ºF.  Additionally, the earliest and latest first freezes on record are listed for each site.   

Location

Avg First Freeze

Avg First Hard Freeze Earliest First Freeze (Year) Latest First Freeze (Year) Station Record

Huntsville

Nov 1st

Nov 12th

Oct 9th (2000)

Dec 5th (1978)

1907-2012

Muscle Shoals

Nov 2nd

Nov 11th

Oct3rd (1908)

Dec 5th (1978)

1893-2012

Belle Mina

Oct 29th

Nov 8th

Oct 2nd (1984)

Nov 26th (2004)

1950-2012

Bridgeport

Oct 25th

Nov 4th

Sep 23rd (1983)

Nov 15th (2004)

'55-'72, '83-'12

Cullman

Oct 24th

Nov 5th

Oct 1st (1924)

Nov 25th (2004)

1908-2012

Fayetteville

Oct 17th

Oct 30th

Sep 29th (1967)

Nov 14th (2003)

1958-2012

Guntersville

Nov 10th

Nov 22nd

Oct 14th (1977)

Dec 21st (2001)

'10-'12, '55-'12

Moulton

Oct 26th

Nov 9th

Oct 2nd (1984)

Nov 26th (2004)

1957-2012

Russellville

Oct 25th

Nov 3rd

Sep 29th (1967)

Nov 27th (2009)

1954-2012

Scottsboro

Oct 27th

Nov 7th

Oct 3rd (1974)

Dec 1st (1918)

1894-2012

Valley Head

Oct 20th

Nov 2nd

Sep 22nd (1983)

Nov 19th (1935)

1893-2012

Winchester

Oct 25th

Nov 7th

Oct 7th (1991)

Nov 14th (2003)

1986-2012

Note: small gaps exist in the data and some years contain incomplete information.  Where gaps were considerably large, the break in the period of record was noted, as in the case for Bridgeport and Guntersville.  However, freezing temperature records were included only for years that contained a complete or nearly complete dataset. 

If you have any questions or comments about the fall freeze information, please email the NWS Huntsville webmaster at sr-hun.webmaster@noaa.gov 

 


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