Frost and Freeze Data Users Workshop

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NCDC and the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites–North Carolina (CICS-NC) are hosting a users’ workshop discussion on frost and freeze data March 20–21, 2013 in Asheville, NC. This is a two-day workshop interaction focused on informing users of NCDC data offerings for sector-specific climate information needs.

Freezing temperatures often adversely affect commercial and industrial operations, especially those with principal activities outside. One of the most significant hazards of frost and freeze conditions is in the agricultural industry, where late spring freezes, early fall freezes, and short growing seasons can seriously impact plant production and crop volume. Similar risk management concerns occur in other commercial and industrial operations as they strive to optimize productivity under these conditions. Examining historical climate records can help decision makers regulate when and what variety of crops to plant as well as determine the optimal dates for projects such as highway construction, inland waterway shipping, large-scale construction, and more.

NCDC provides access to a variety of products for examining frost and freeze data including the 1981–2010 Climate Normals, which were released in 2011. Climate Normals are the latest three-decade averages of climatological variables such as temperature and precipitation. The 1981–2010 Normals dataset also includes frost-freeze date probabilities, probabilities of frost-freeze occurrence, and growing season length Normals. The workshop will bring together business leaders, decision makers, entrepreneurs, innovators, and scientists to discuss NCDC’s frost and freeze climate data, including the Climate Normals, as well as data applications and future uses.

Registration is now open for the workshop. To view agenda information or to register, please visit www.cicsnc.org/events/ddd.