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Re: Extreme cold
Posted by Ryan Monroe LA on 1/1/2018, 3:17 pm, in reply to "Extreme cold "
I do have pretty big concerns over this event, even thought the low temperatures are not predicted to be out of the norm. The wind has been wicked, and the duration is longer than everything I've seen in my 11 years gardening here. We're looking at potentially five consecutive nights in the teens, and possibly two daytime highs below freezing. Every other daytime high below freezing that I have seen in the last eleven years was right at 31-32F, and this one today may not surpass 28F, even with full sunshine the entire day long. And I don't think I've seen any more than 2 (at most 3) nights in a row in the teens over the same time period.
I was woken at 6:30 this morning by my work calling, saying the weather had taken down two of our plants. That typically doesn't happen until at least day two of weather being in the teens, and gives some idea of just how quickly the wind was pulling heat out of everything. When I looked out the window during the call, the wind was gusting so hard at daybreak that my big mule palm was having all its fronds practically blown over to the point of touching the ground. The low here last night was 18 degrees. The forecast for tonight is 16-17F and then 19, 21, 19 the next three nights. The good news is we did not get any rain or ice before this cold snap, which typically we would have.
There will be a whole lot of brown in my yard after the first winter warm-up. And I don't think this will be the last bad blast we see this winter.
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