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First Frosts Later for Northeast, Continues Climate Trend

25 Oct 2017, 11:58 am

So far this year, the first frosts for the fall in the northeastern United States have barely occurred, or have occurred later than average. This is according to the Northeast Regional Climate Center, based at Cornell University,

Source: Northeast Regional Climate Center

which facilitates and enhances the collection, dissemination and use of climate data and information, as well as monitors and assesses climatic conditions and northeastern region of the United States.

According to the NRCC, only eight climate sites of a total of 35 have recorded their first frosts. These sites include:

Caribou, ME

Concord, NH

Elkins, WV

Burlington, VT

Albany, NY

Binghamton, NY

Syracuse, NY

Scranton, NY


Of the eight sites, seven recorded frosts later than average. Scranton’s frost occurred on October 17th, three days behind the average first frost date. Concord’s first frost occurred on October 13th, two weeks behind schedule. Portland, Maine has yet to receive a frost, which takes it to two weeks past its average occurrence date, as of this writing.

The later occurrence of frost is likely a trend due to climate change. Climate Central, an organization that communicates the science of climate change to the public and decision maker, is pointing to this conclusion.

A graphic produced by the organization, focusing on the New York City’s average first frost dates overage the years, is used to illustrates the later occurrence frost date as a trend.

It shows that over time the first frost date has occurred later and later through the last 57 years the nation’s largest city.

First Frost for New York City, 1960 to 2016. Source: Climate Central

This later occurrence of frost, and connecting longer growing season, is being noticed in the Northeast, but also across the United States as a whole, according to the organization.




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