FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The growth season in Metroplex continues. The typical first freezing of the cold season takes place on November 22 at DFW five days ago. The coldest temperature recorded at the airport so far this season is 35 °, which happened on Friday morning. As of Saturday, the DFW area has had a growing season that has lasted 280 days (and counts).
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Typically, the growing season is officially over, the first time it hits 32 ° at DFW Airport. Many of the summer flowers and ornamental grasses (as well as fruits and vegetables from the hot season) will die out in a freeze. ONE hard freezing is when the temperature stays below freezing for more than four hours or drops to 28 ° or lower. This almost always kills plants in the hot season and puts perennials in a dormant state until next spring.
After a cool and wet Saturday, low Sunday morning is expected to remain in the 40s. Sunshine on Sunday will come up in the 60s. In the coming week, the highs are expected to be well above normal in the mid-70s by the end of the week.
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Looking at the long-distance forecasts, we see some images of cold air entering the southern plains during the first week of December. But right now, it looks like DFW has a chance to stay OVER the freezing point for at least the next ten mornings:
There are some warm seasonal flowers that will continue to show color until the first freeze, so it’s nice to get the winter cold delayed a bit. You can also squeeze a little more production out of some of your garden. All good things come to an end, but a hard freeze is inevitable. Winter solstice (and shortest day) is 24 days away. The most recent FIRST freeze in DFW is January 4, 1971.
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-Jeff Ray, CBS DFW Meteorologist and Gardening101 Producer.
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