A chilly night ahead for many, and a frosty one for some! Hard to believe it's already time to think about frost and chilly nights. Well, actually, it's not too hard to believe! Believe it or not, frost is pretty typical in the higher terrain and sheltered pockets of Vermont and New Hampshire. Check out the regions at risk of some patchy light frost tonight (image to the left).
Now check out the average dates of first frost for a few select locales around our region. This chilly nip actually comes right on time, according to climatological norms.
Saranac Lake is one climate location representative of the higher terrain, as it sits nooked in the Adirondacks. It is typically one of the coldest spots in our region on any given day due to the nature of the topography and elevation. We can take that location, and generalize this frost climatology for the Adirondacks as a whole. We can do this with any of the many climate locales, and make them representative of climate regions... for instance Burlington and Plattsburgh data can be used to generalize the Champlain Valley's average date of first frost. This typically occurs in the first week of October.