Scary Morning!

Look what we awoke to this morning. Frost. In the vineyard!

This caught us completely off guard. Every forecast we look at, and there are many, predicted an overnight low of 40F. But at 7am, our vineyard thermometer said 31F. Yikes.

April 10th, 2014, daybreak over the frosty vineyard.
April 10th, 2014, daybreak over the frosty vineyard.

Nathan and I have toured the vineyard, and it looks like we dodged the bullet.  There was frost on the ground before daybreak, but none on the vines. This tells me it was below freezing ever so briefly in the darkest moments before dawn, and so wasn’t cold enough for long enough to hurt the vines. Whew. It was a very close call.

What's at stake, a leafed-out fine yesterday afternoon.
What’s at stake, our little green shoots as they appeared just yesterday.

We are in the same weather pattern through at least Tuesday, which means we could get early morning frost over the next several days.  Bob is heading out to unfurl the frost curtain along the vineyard fence and Nathan is going to mow the grass in the rows between the vines. The shorter the grass, the greater the distance between the frost on the ground and the leaves on our vines. It might not seem like much, but every inch counts when trying to buy a degree or two in the battle against frost.

The stump fire and fan in action last spring.
The stump fire and fan in action last spring.

The guys will be on standby overnight for the next several nights to deploy the fan and fires if it gets this cold again in the wee hours of the morning. I won’t be here to see what happens tonight/tomorrow because I have to leave for the airport at 3:30 tomorrow morning for a quick, overnight trip. But I will fill you in on what happens, if anything, when I get back to the farm on Saturday. And lucky (sarcasm), we will have several nights of frost worries for me to document for the blog after that.

The fire as seen from across the vineyard.
The fire as seen from across the vineyard.

For now, fingers crossed.

 

 

 

 

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