|GBG Growing Season and Thaw Degree Days||The 2011 Season|
|GBG Past Growing Seasons||
The 2011 season was long and fairly typical when it comes to temperature. The last spring frost date was May 15, and the first frost was September 25 after a long and gorgeous autumn. This season was the second longest frost free season (after 2001) during the past 20 years. Since 1998, all autumn frosts have occurred in September, and since 2006 the first frost has not occurred until September 20 or later. Rainfall was below average even though many people complained about the rain. May was fairly dry, but measurable rainfall was recorded on 15 days each in June and July and 16 days in August. Quantities were small though, and the season total precipitation was only 7.13 inches.
Growers around the Tanana Valley had a mixed review of the season. Most said it was an average or above average season with best growth on carrots, peas, salad greens and tomatoes. Summer and winter squash were not as successful. Beekeepers did not have much to crow about. Honey yields were at or below average for most people. The wild mushroom harvesters reported a great year. Wild blueberries and lingonberries were spotty– super abundant in some locations and absent in others.
The University of Aaska Fairbanks Georgeson Botanical Garden - P.O. Box 757200 - Fairbanks, Alaska 99775 - (907) 474-5651
|Western Regional Climate Center|
|National Oceanic and Space Administration Weather|
|Alaska Climate Research Center monthly climate data|