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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
505 PM EDT TUE MAR 29 2016

...GROWING SEASON STARTING EARLY THIS YEAR...

MARCH 2016 HAS BEEN EXCEPTIONALLY WARM...WITH HISTORICAL RANKINGS
AMONG THE TOP 10 WARMEST ON RECORD AT SEVERAL LOCATIONS. AVERAGE
TEMPERATURES HAVE BEEN NEARLY 7 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL...WITH
READINGS CLOSER TO NORMAL FOR APRIL THAN MARCH. THIS UNUSUAL
WARMTH HAS CAUSED MANY PLANTS TO BEGIN GROWING SIGNIFICANTLY
EARLIER THAN NORMAL...AND HAS ALSO ENCOURAGED EARLY PLANTING.
REPORTS FROM OUR AGRICULTURAL PARTNERS INDICATE FRUIT TREES ARE
STARTING TO BLOOM IN MANY AREAS...AND SOME CROPS NORMALLY RESERVED
FOR APRIL PLANTING ARE ALREADY BEING PLANTED.

THEREFORE...FOR THE MAJORITY OF OUR COUNTY WARNING AREA
(CWA)...FROST AND FREEZE PRODUCTS WILL BEGIN TO BE ISSUED ON APRIL
1ST THIS YEAR. NORMALLY...THESE AREAS WOULD NOT RECEIVE FROST AND
FREEZE PRODUCTS UNTIL APRIL 11TH...BUT THE UNUSUAL WARMTH REQUIRES
AN EARLIER START TO THESE PRODUCTS TO ENSURE PROTECTIVE MEASURES
ARE TAKEN.

FORECAST ZONES INCLUDED FOR THE APRIL 1ST START DATE TO THE
GROWING SEASON INCLUDE:

WASHINGTON DC
ARLINGTON/FALLS CHURCH/ALEXANDRIA VA
SOUTHERN BALTIMORE MD
FREDERICK MD
CARROLL MD
NORTHERN BALTIMORE MD
NORTHWEST HARFORD MD
SOUTHEAST HARFORD MD
NORTHWEST MONTGOMERY MD
CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST MONTGOMERY MD
CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST HOWARD MD
NORTHWEST HOWARD MD
EASTERN LOUDOUN VA
WESTERN LOUDOUN VA
NORTHERN FAUQUIER VA
SOUTHERN FAUQUIER VA
PRINCE WILLIAM/MANASSAS/MANASSAS PARK VA
FAIRFAX VA
PRINCE GEORGES MD
ANNE ARUNDEL MD
RAPPAHANNOCK VA
CULPEPER VA
MADISON VA
GREENE VA
ORANGE VA
SPOTSYLVANIA VA
STAFFORD VA
KING GEORGE VA
CHARLES MD
ST. MARYS MD
CALVERT MD
WASHINGTON MD
MORGAN WV
BERKELEY WV
JEFFERSON WV
FREDERICK VA
CLARKE VA
SHENANDOAH VA
WARREN VA
PAGE VA
ROCKINGHAM VA
AUGUSTA VA
ALBEMARLE VA
NELSON VA
NORTHERN VA BLUE RIDGE
CENTRAL VA BLUE RIDGE

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