Although our last hard freeze was just a little more than a week ago, it appears that our frost-free period has likely begun. Fargo's last freezing temperature was 22 degrees May 12. In Grand Forks, there was a reading of 32 degrees on May 15. Assuming we manage to escape one of those rare frosty mornings that have been known to surprise the region during June or August, we have likely had our last frost until fall, which usually happens sometime between the middle of September to the early part of October.
This means we can expect about four to four and a half months of frost-free gardening, open window breathing, front porch lounging, and outside exercising. Most of our precipitation will be accompanied by thunder and lightning. Humidity will replace wind chill as the second-most important element affecting human comfort after the temperature. Happy summer, everyone!