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Journal of Climate and Applied Meteorology

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A reconstruction methodology utilizing such varied documents as diaries, agricultural journals, U.S. Weather Bureau killing frost records and instrumental records is discussed. A resultant 248-year frost record for eastern Massachusetts exhibits marked variations in the length of the growing season, that occur on a time scale of approximately 70 years. There is an apparent systematic long-term relationship between the timing of spring and fall killing frosts and the last 100 years of record reveals a decline in year-to-year variability.

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Baron, WR, Gordon, GA, Borns, HW, and Smith, DC, 1984, Frost-Free Record Reconstruction for Eastern Massachusetts, 1733-1980: Journal of Climate and Applied Meteorology, v. 23, p. 317-319. Available on publisher's site at:

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