Impact Of Growing Degree Days For Baltimore In March

Growing Degree Days are another huge part of our lives even though we may not deal with them directly.

Growing degree days have to deal with the growing of fruits and vegetables along with other various crops that are grown throughout the United States for our personal use. As we examine the Baltimore Maryland area we can see how the impacts of a normal, El-Nino and La-Nina cycle have an impact on just the one month of March. These numbers are based on 50F which is the base number used for determining when crops will actually start to have enough heat to grow.

Growing Degree Days help farmers to determine how much of their crop will grow during a given time period; one example is sweet corn which needs roughly 1800GDD to fully mature.

Taking a look at a normal cycle we see that the month of March provides the Baltimore area with about 51.0 GDD on average. Also looking into La-Nina phase we can see that number of GDD’s increases to 269.5, which on average is the best for this area for growing. The EL-Nino phase sends the GDD down to 107.0, which is still slightly above the normal phase.

So as we can see each cycle plays a major role in the growth of our crops that we eat every day at the dinner table. Meteorologist Joshua Kelly