My last post from last night at about 1:12 am mentioned my thought that unless something changes, a frost wasn’t likely. As you can see from the image in this post, something did happen. (This chart is from a weather station near the grove–the actual grove temperature was about 7° F lower.) Temperatures stayed fairly high until about 2 am, when a big drop began. From about 2 am to 7 am, the temperature dropped almost 10° F. The low reached in the grove was about 31° F. Just before dawn, a frost appeared near the ground, but not so much in the trees. In this grove, the young, recently-set flowers, fruits and flush came through okay. If it had dropped much lower for much longer, we could have seen a more significant frost event. In any case, last night on this frost watch, it was down to the wire.
citrus research. We’ve been in Florida for three generations. The idea behind this blog is to tell the Florida citrus story straight from the field in a visual way. I also have a web development firm. Be sure to also check out Panotracks, my professional photography portfolio. I also developed one of the most widely used citrus management field apps using artificial intelligence and handheld PDA devices. Some of the other websites I've designed or developed include Indian River Citrus League, Florida Department of Citrus, and Blue Goose Growers.