Frost Free Zone

Cape May, NJ -  You can still see some annual flowers blooming along the beachfront.  It’s November 21 and we have not yet had a hard, killing frost in Cape May.  The average frost date here is normally around November 6.

One reason for the delayed frost and milder season is the ocean temperature.

Cape May’s surrounded by water that acts as insulation. With water temperatures in the high 40s or even 50 degrees, the island has been  protected from the colder temperatures elsewhere. The National Weather Service recorded a dip to 32 degrees in Atlantic City on October 30. That didn’t seem to affect us.

The later frost means we’re having a longer growing season than much of the northeast. Just look at the roses still blooming along Broadway in West Cape May this week.

With another week ahead that promises to be frost free,  those roses likely will still be blooming on Thanksgiving Day!

About Paul Kerlinger

Paul Kerlinger, Ph.D. is a scientist, author and nationally known expert on bird migration. He's done extensive studies on hawks, Snowy Owls and neotropical song birds. Kerlinger is the former director of the Cape May Bird Observatory, His books include How Birds Migrate and Flight Strategies of Migrating Hawks. He's an ardent fly fisherman and organic vegetable gardener.