PENDLETON - Wondering when the frost will be on the pumpkin, or concerned about covering your tomatoes?
The National Weather Service has a new Internet product that should help. A prototype page is now displayed on its Web site, "Probability of Freezing Temperatures."
The NWS Forecast Office near the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport introduced the page last week. It features four colorful maps that predict low temperatures and the percentage probability of freezing for the next two nights. The maps are updated daily at 4 a.m. and 3 p.m. and will be issued through Nov. 30. They will begin again March 15, 2005.
"We do almost all of our forecasts graphically now," said Jeff Myers, meteorologist at the Pendleton forecast office. "It covers every square inch of the region and it takes into account the topography of the area."
Each pixel on the Web site maps cover 2.5 kilometers square, Myers said, or about 1.55 miles square.
"It's kind of an experimental product," Myers said. "We thought it could help out all the local customers who use our Web site, farmers and anybody else concerned about freezing temperatures."
To access the map, go to: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pendleton/index.shtml