Growing Season Has Ended

2009 Frost Advisory and Freeze Warning Headlines Discontinued

The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids has discontinued the
use of the growing season headlines for 2009 as of Sunday, October 11th,
across all of southwest and west central Lower Michigan.

Widespread freezing temperatures Sunday morning, combined with freezing
temperatures on the morning of October 1st, have ended the growing season.
The average first freeze in west central and southwest Lower Michigan
generally occurs within the last week of September and the first couple
of weeks of October.

Some communities along the immediate Lake Michigan coastline, particularly
south of Muskegon, had not experienced a freeze as of October 11th.
This is typical, as shown by the table below.

The end of the growing season means that frost advisories and freeze watches
and warnings will be discontinued for the remainder of 2009.  The headlines
will be reinstated at the beginning of the 2010 growing season.

Below are the average dates of the first freeze for selected cities:


Evart Sep 13th
Baldwin Sep 17th
Sep 25th
Big Rapids
Sep 25th
Sep 26th
Ionia Sep 28th
Newaygo Sep 28th
Hastings Sep 29th
Greenville Sep 30th
Lansing Oct 2nd
Mt Pleasant Oct 3rd
Oct 4th
East Lansing Oct 4th
Hart Oct 5th
Oct 6th
Paw Paw Oct 6th
St Johns
Oct 6th
Oct 7th
Jackson Oct 7th
Battle Creek Oct 7th
Montague Oct 8th
Oct 8th
Grand Rapids Oct 8th
Holland Oct 10th
Muskegon Oct 11th
Kalamazoo Oct 13th
South Haven Oct 18th
Grand Haven Oct 18th

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