Cold Temperatures Had a Significant Impact
date of the last spring freeze varies between the first
and second week of April across much of central North Carolina.
Before the cold outbreak in early April, temperatures
during March were much warmer than normal. The above
normal temperatures across the Southeast encouraged many plants to
prematurely bloom and many crops to germinate early.
The weather pattern made a dramatic change in early April, and
the warm temperatures were replaced by a 4 to 7 day period of record
cold temperatures across the Southeast. Temperatures during this period
averaged between 10 and
15 degrees below normal across North Carolina.
Many locations reported sub-freezing temperatures for several
hours during multiple nights during this period.
The unseasonably cold temperatures across North Carolina
during the period produced significant damage to crops
and other agricultural interest. The North Carolina
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services estimated
crop losses at over $105 million in North Carolina.
The Agriculture Secretary reported that nursery crops suffered the greatest
losses, over $55 million dollars. Fruit and vegetable farms, which include
apples, peaches and various berries, suffered estimated losses in excess of
$25 million dollars. Other crops affected by the freeze included corn,
wheat, barley and Irish potatoes.
The maps below are provided by
the State Climate Office of North
Carolina in their
Easter Weekend 2007 Freeze Report.
Dollars, per county, in crop losses from the April 2007 freeze
Acres, per county, affected by the April 2007 freeze