LAKE CHARLES, LA: The Farmer's Almanac is predicting a break in the record setting summer in SWLA and when we could see our first frost.

Photo by Genessa Panainte on Unsplash
Photo by Genessa Panainte on Unsplash

Winters in SWLA are mostly mild and sometimes downright warm. I've experienced during my life plenty of family Christmas parties wearing shorts and sweating playing basketball outside with my cousins.

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There might be some science behind the possibilities of SWLA seeing a frost this fall.  I wrote an article last month where Meteorologist Ryan Hall explained in one of his YouTube videos that the Gulf Coast could see a cooler than normal winter because of the extreme El Nino weather phase that we experienced this summer.

When Will Lake Charles Have Its First Frost?

The Farmer's Almanac is predicting that Lake Charles could see our first frost of the fall as early as November 28 and seeing the last spring frost around February 26.

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Photo by sergey mikheev on Unsplash

Make sure you're taking the appropriate steps to be ready for a potential frost in SWLA this fall to protect your plants and animals. If you have a garden, watch this video for tips on how to get your garden frost ready.

The classification of freeze temperatures is based on their effect on plants:

  • Light freeze: 29° to 32°F (-1.7° to 0°C)—tender plants are killed.
  • Moderate freeze: 25° to 28°F (-3.9° to -2.2°C)—widely destructive to most vegetation.
  • Severe freeze: 24°F (-4.4°C) and colder—heavy damage to most garden plants.

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