Michigan growers can get frost warnings hourly
Fruit growers in Michigan can get frost warnings by phone call, text message, or email if they subscribe to a new service from Michigan State University’s Enviro-weather system. It costs $100 a year.
According to Extension educator Beth Bishop, growers can go to the Enviro-weather Web site and sign up for Frost Alarm. They can specify what conditions they want to trigger the message to them. The service began March 15.
There are 65 Enviro-weather stations across Michigan, and growers can choose which stations they want to be attuned to. Notifications are sent hourly.
As an example, a grower could choose to be notified when conditions at a station near him or her registers a temperature below 34 degrees with a wind speed below 5 miles per hour and a dew point under 29 degrees. They can choose to be notified from any number of stations and any combination of conditions.
Contact Bishop for more information.