The first day of Spring is March 19, 2024. As of 11:06 pm on this date, the spring equinox of 2024 officially began.

Spring and summer are my favorite seasons to experience in New York state. I love hearing the beautiful birds chirping, the spring peepers chorus, and seeing the return of butterflies, squirrels and other furry friends as well.

With the start of spring, the grass becomes greener and the days become brighter, sunnier and warmer within the Hudson Valley. It feels as if the world is waking up from a long winter nap, ready to welcome a new season of beginnings and adventure to come.

What's The Spring Prediction For 2024 According To The Farmers Almanac?

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Since the 1700's, readers have been following The Old Farmer's Almanac.

The Old Farmers' Almanac shared that their first editor was Robert B. Thomas which was published in 1792, this was during the time of George Washington's first term serving as president.

The Old Farmers' Almanac shared,

"An almanac, by definition, records and predicts astronomical events (the rising and setting of the Sun, for instance), tides, weather, and other phenomena with respect to time."

The Old Farmers' Almanac shared their weather predictions for Spring 2024.

They announced, 

"Spring as a whole has the potential to be warmer than normal across much of the U.S., with some exceptions."

A prediction of "fairly normal to above-normal precipitation" which may take place all throughout the country. The Old Farmers' Almanac shared that there may be "above-average March temperatures" which could take place along the East Coast as we can expect to have a dry month as well.

The Old Farmer's Almanac claims that there may be "warmer than normal from New England to Florida" for the month of April, woohoo!

Additional information about the Old Farmer's Almanac prediction for Spring can be found on their website.

What The Almanac's Estimated Date For The Last Spring Frost In The Hudson Valley?

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The Almanac has a 2024 Frost Dates Calculator on their website. This allows users to find more information about the average dates for the "the last light freeze of spring and the first light freeze of fall for locations across the U.S. and Canada. "

Users can enter their zip code into the calculator search to see the frost dates of the desired location.

The Almanac described that a frost date is 

"the average date of the last light freeze in spring or the first light freeze in fall."

 

What Are The Results For The Last Spring Frost For Poughkeepsie, NY?

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The Alamanc's 2024 Frost Dates Calculator shared the following information about the last spring frost for Poughkeepsie, NY.

They shared the Nearest Climate Station which would be for Poughkeepsie, NY. The Almanac also explained that the altitude is 252' and the growing season total is 169 days.

They provided information about the first fall frost which is estimated for October 14, 2024 and the last spring frost is also estimated to be April 27, 2024.

How Are Plants Affected By Freezing Temperatures In New York State?


The Almanac shared,

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

Anywhere from 29 degrees to 32 degrees fahrenheit is considered a light freeze. Between 25 degrees to 28 degrees fahrenheit would be a moderate freeze and severe freeze ranges from 24 degrees fahrenheit and anything colder.

The Almanac also shared that the estimated frost dates are only an estimate from climate data that was collected from the past. They wanted to remind planters that frost could occur before or after the dates provided by the calculator.

When Would Be The Best Time To Plant Crops In 2024?


The Almanac also has a guide on planting above ground crops in 2024. They shared that based on the Moon's sign, there are only 5 best days to plant.

April 14, 2024, April 15, 2024, May 11, 2024, May 12, 2024 and June 17, 2024 are the recommended dates to plant crops according to the Almanac's guide.

The Almanac also has a growing guide for Spring and Fall of 2024. When users enter in their zip code to learn about a desired location, they can learn about proper planting dates for a wide variety of vegetables such as basil, celery, spinach, corn and more.

This detailed chart also provides the list of crops, frost based on frost dates along the moon which is based on moon dates. The Almanac provides information on when to start seeds indoors while transplanting them to an outdoor space as well.

How Can The National Gardening Association Assist With Desired Planting Dates?

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The National Gardening Association also allows guests to enter in their location to find out specific dates about when to start planting seeds. This is another source to gain information from when considering a proper date to start planting.

When including information about Poughkeepsie, NY, desired dates for planting vegetables, flowers, fruits and more are provided.

For instance, The National Gardening Association shared that growing vegetables such as eggplants, peppers and tomatoes can be started indoors around February 23, 2024. However, after April 29, 2024 they recommend watching the local weather forecast and if there isn't any frost predicted then planters can transplant their creations into the ground.

When do you think the last spring freeze will take place in 2024? When do you normally start planting outdoors in the Hudson Valley? I'm excited watch my garden of beautiful flowers grow this summer. Share more with us below.

5 Ways To Know It's Spring In The Hudson Valley

I always know that spring has started when I first hear the sound of spring peepers. This may also consist of flowers start to blossom, the greenery throughout mother nature and return of several wildlife critters.

Others may also agree and share their opinions too.

As we are different people, we notice things differently as well. While someone takes an interest in a woodpecker in the tree on a soothing morning, someone else may notice a lawnmower humming noise during their breakfast.

On WRRV, a Facebook post asked local residents to share their opinion.

The question stated:

"Tell me it’s spring in the Hudson Valley without telling me it’s spring in the Hudson Valley, GO!"

Hudson Valley residents were not shy when it came to answering this question. Let's take a look at ways we can notice that it's spring in the Hudson Valley from all age groups and different locations.

Gallery Credit: Allison Kay, WRRV's Facebook Page,

4 Hudson Valley Restaurants With the Best Outdoor Dining Experience

Throughout the Hudson Valley, there are plenty of hotspots to sit back, relax and sip on your favorite drink while enjoying a tasty meal for an outdoor dining experience.

Let's take a look at some fan favorites.

Gallery Credit: Allison Kay

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