Frost / Freeze Dates for Central Indiana

Fall First Frost/Freeze Info  (Spring Last Freeze Info Is Available Below)

Between September and early November, temperatures fall into the 30s once again across the Central Indiana.

Frost can be very localized and variable across a small area. Many of these locations represent locations that typically will be a few degrees warmer than the surrounding countryside. If you live in a rural or a low lying area, your first frost could be earlier than the dates presented below. Conversely, if you live in a heavily urbanized area, your first frost could be later than the dates presented.

Fall Freeze, Average 32 degree date map Average Freeze Dates, 28 degrees
Average first 32 degree temperatures for Indiana Average first day of 28 degree temperature in Indiana
 

Above are maps of the dates of the average first 32 degree and 28 degree temperatures. Maps are courtesy of the Midwest Regional Climate Center. Click the maps for a larger version.

Below is data on typical frosts and freezes for selected locations in Central Indiana. Information presented contains the normal, earliest, and latest dates that selected temperatures have occurred at the locations.

For frost/freeze data for  sites from all sections of Indiana, please download the pdf table from the National Climatic Data Center.

  

Low Temperature of 36 degrees or lower
(Patchy frost possible in outlying, low areas)
 
Location
Normal First Date
Latest Date
Earliest Date
Records To
Farmland
September 27
October 27, 1914
August 29, 1965
1893
Kokomo
September 28
October 28, 1941
September 8, 1986
1901
Elwood
September 29
October 26, 2005
September 13, 1964
1948
Martinsville
September 29
October 17, 1973
September 8, 1986
1950
West Lafayette
September 29
November 7, 1940
August 29, 1965
1901
Delphi
September 30
October 25, 1914
August 29, 1965
1893
Muncie
October 1
October 26, 1967
September 12, 1993
1965
Seymour
October 2
November 8, 1900
September 12, 1955
1893
Spencer
October 2
October 17, 1973
September 12, 1955
1949
Whitestown
October 2
October 27, 1914
September 3, 1908
1901
Winchester Airpt
October 2
October 25, 1990
August 14, 1964
1942
Frankfort
October 3
October 27, 2005
August 29, 1965
1914
Newcastle
October 3
October 18, 1954
September 8, 1956
1949
Rushville
October 3
October 25, 2005
August 30, 1946
1901
Shelbyville
October 3
October 29, 1897
September 6, 1924
1897
Shoals
October 4
October 27, 1914
September 10, 1924
1913
Anderson
October 5
October 26, 2005
September 8, 1956
1895
Terre Haute
October 5
October 27, 1956
September 14, 1964
1955
Columbus
October 6
November 6, 1919
September 6, 1924
1893
Greenfield
October 6
November 4, 1971
September 14, 1923
1903
Rockville
October 6
October 25, 2005
September 13, 1902
1893
Greencastle
October 7
November 4, 1971
September 14, 1923
1895
Indianapolis Airpt
October 7
October 28, 2005
September 20, 1991
1943
Washington
October 8
November 8, 1956
September 13, 1902
1897
Freelandville
October 9
November 8, 1956
September 22, 1983
1929
Crane Naval Dep
October 11
November 8, 1956
September 22, 1983
1942
Bloomington
October 13
November 5, 1971
September 13, 1899
1895
 
 

 
Low Temperature of 32 degrees or lower
(Frost becomes widespread, with isolated pockets of hard freeze possible)
 
Location
Normal First Date
Latest Date
Earliest Date
Records To
Farmland
October 06
November 11, 1897
September 17, 1937
1893
Martinsville
October 06
October 28, 2005
September 14, 1964
1950
Delphi
October 08
October 29, 2005*
September 14, 1964
1893
Kokomo
October 08
November 12, 1919
September 20, 1991
1901
Spencer
October 08
November 02, 1984
September 20, 1991
1949
Elwood
October 09
November 04, 1971
September 18, 1959
1948
West Lafayette
October 09
November 13, 1946
September 18, 1959
1901
Whitestown
October 10
November 11, 1918
September 03, 1908
1901
Frankfort
October 11
November 16, 1922
September 12, 1955
1914
Newcastle
October 11
November 04, 1971
September 17, 1959
1949
Terre Haute
October 11
November 03, 1973
September 21, 1991
1955
Muncie
October 12
November 04, 1971
September 20, 1991
1965
Seymour
October 12
November 08, 1947
September 15, 1923
1893
Shoals
October 12
November 06, 1947
September 15, 1919
1913
Winchester Arpt
October 13
November 08, 1947
September 20, 1956
1942
Rockville
October 14
November 23, 1902
September 16, 1916
1893
Rushville
October 14
November 09, 2004
September 14, 1923
1901
Greenfield
October 15
November 20, 2001
September 14, 1923
1903
Shelbyville
October 15
November 11, 1897
September 14, 1923
1897
Indianapolis Arpt
October 16
November 08, 1956
September 30, 1993
1943
Anderson
October 17
November 20, 1985
September 19, 1901
1895
Columbus
October 19
November 12, 1919
September 14, 1902
1893
Greencastle
October 20
November 23, 1902
September 23, 1995
1895
Washington
October 20
November 15, 1970
September 24, 1928
1897
Crane Naval Dept
October 23
November 22, 1994
September 22, 1983
1942
Freelandville
October 23
November 20, 1985
September 25, 1950
1929
Bloomington
October 24
November 23, 1902
September 13, 1899
1895
 

 
 
Low Temperature of 28 degrees or lower
(Widespread Hard Freeze is Likely)

Location
Normal First Date
Latest Date
Earliest Date
Records To
Farmland
October 19
November 28, 1902
September 23, 1995
1893
Kokomo
October 20
November 28, 1902
September 23, 1995
1901
Martinsville
October 20
November 10, 1986
October 02, 1974
1950
West Lafayette
October 21
November 25, 1931
September 23, 1995
1901
Delphi
October 22
November 17, 1946
September 23, 1995
1893
Spencer
October 22
November 15, 1975
September 23, 1995
1949
Frankfort
October 23
November 26, 1922
September 23, 1995
1914
Whitestown
October 23
November 22, 1994
September 23, 1995
1901
Elwood
October 24
November 21, 1985
September 29, 1951*
1948
Newcastle
October 24
November 21, 1985
September 18, 1959
1949
Muncie
October 25
November 20, 1985
September 23, 1995
1965
Seymour
October 26
November 21, 1985
September 24, 1928
1893
Shoals
October 26
November 21, 1985
September 24, 1928
1913
Rushville
October 27
November 20, 1985
September 28, 1942
1901
Terre Haute
October 27
November 23, 1994
September 30, 2001
1955
Rockville
October 28
November 23, 1902
September 28, 1942
1893
Shelbyville
October 28
November 23, 1994
September 23, 1927
1897
Winchester Arpt
October 28
November 22, 1994
September 28, 1942
1942
Anderson
October 29
November 28, 1902
October 1, 1895
1895
Greenfield
October 29
November 21, 1985
September 26, 1928
1903
Indianapolis Arpt
October 30
December 03, 2004
October 03, 1974
1943
Columbus
October 31
November 24, 1994
September 24, 1928
1893
Greencastle
October 31
November 28, 1899
September 26, 1928
1895
Washington
November 01
December 4, 1899
October 09, 2001
1897
Bloomington
November 03
December 14, 2004
September 29, 1899
1895
Freelandville
November 03
December 14, 2004
October 07, 1952
1929
Crane Naval Dept
November 04
December 02, 2004
October 09, 1964
1942


Period of record is indicated for each individual site. Sites represent the nearest available official observation (with a significant period of record) to each one of the towns indicated.
 
The “Normal First Date” column indicates the 1971-2000 normal date of first occurrence.
 

Spring Last Freeze Information

As Spring progresses, many residents of Central Indiana begin to think of planting flowers and vegetables, and often wonder exactly when the threat of a freeze (defined here as a low temperature of 32 degrees or lower) will pass.

Spring Final Freeze, Average 32 degree date map Spring Average Final Freeze Dates, 28 degrees
Average Date of Last 32 Temperature in Spring  Average last date of 28 degree temperature in Spring

 

Above are maps of the dates of the average final 32 degree and 28 degree temperatures of the Spring. Maps are courtesy of the Midwest Regional Climate Center. Click the maps for a larger version.

Here is some information on the final spring freeze (32 degrees), including its average date of occurrence, and the earliest and latest dates in the spring that the final freeze has happened. All data is from Co-op and ASOS observations.

 

Location
Average Last Date
Latest Date
Earliest Date
Records Back to
Freelandville
April 11
May 10, 1966
March 22, 2005
1929
Washington
April 13
May 20, 1897
March 20, 1925
1897
Bloomington
April 14
May 27, 1961
March 25, 1998
1896
Crane Naval Depot
April 14
May 11, 1947
March 22, 1967
1942
Indianapolis
April 17
May 27, 1961
March 24, 1998
1871
Columbus
April 18
May 27, 1965
March 25, 2005
1894
Greencastle
April 20
May 25, 1925
March 25, 1998
1896
Seymour
April 20
May 27, 1961
March 23, 1895
1893
Greenfield
April 21
May 27, 1961
March 30, 1999
1904
Greensburg
April 21
May 27, 1961
March 28, 1999
1898
Terre Haute
April 21
May 27, 1961
March 27, 1999
1954
Rockville
April 22
May 25, 1925
March 27, 1999
1893
Rushville
April 22
June 1, 1966
March 31, 1999
1901
Shelbyville
April 23
May 27, 1961
March 30, 1999
1898
Winchester Airpt
April 24
May 27, 1961
March 30, 1999
1943
Muncie
April 25
May 19, 2002
March 28, 1999
1965
Shoals
April 25
May 28, 1961
March 27, 1913
1913
Anderson
April 25
May 27, 1961
March 23, 1981
1895
Whitestown
April 25
May 30, 1947
April 3, 1965
1901
Newcastle
April 26
May 27, 1961
March 31, 1999
1950
Frankfort
April 26
May 27, 1961
March 30, 1999
1914
Elwood
April 27
May 27, 1961
March 31, 1999
1948
Delphi
April 27
May 30, 1961
March 30, 1999
1893
Kokomo
April 28
May 27, 1915
April 2, 1941
1901
Martinsville
April 28
May 27, 1961
March 29, 1959
1950
Spencer
April 29
May 27, 1961
April 4, 1965
1949
West Lafayette
April 30
May 27, 1961
March 30, 1941
1901
Farmland
April 30
May 25, 1925
April 5, 1915
1893

For frost/freeze data for  sites from all sections of Indiana, please download the pdf table from the National Climatic Data Center.

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Data compiled by Climate Services Team

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