Frost-free record reconstruction for eastern Massachusetts, 1733- 1980.

W. R. Baron, G. A. Gordon, H. W. Borns, D. C. Smith

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A reconstruction methodology utilizing such varied documents as diaries, agricultural journals, US Weather Bureau killing frost records and instrumental records is discussed. A resultant 248 yr frost record for eastern Massachusetts exhibits marked variations in the length of the growing season, that occur on a time scale of approximately 70 yr. There is an apparent systematic long-term relationship between the timing of spring and fall killing frosts and the last 100 yr of record reveals a decline in year-to-year variability.-Authors

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-319
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Climate & Applied Meteorology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1984
Externally publishedYes


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