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Re: Duration Duration Duration.
Posted by Jeff zone 8 NC on 1/7/2018, 12:16 pm, in reply to "Duration Duration Duration."
Welcome back Ryan. I agree that the duration is the factor here. Gary lives on the north end of Croatan National Forest and I live on the south west end of it. He runs a little colder but in events like we are having not by much colder. I just did a very rough calculation and it looks like we were below freezing for well over 100 hours. Add to that another 48 hours when it did go above freezing a little for a few hours. Add to that the ice and then snow and wind and you can see this is a nightmare come true for palm lovers. That weather is unheard of here and do not remember it ever happening before, in my life. Usually we have two nights in a row of cold with only very rare days that do not go above freezing, if not well above, then it is gone. The low temps we had were very unusual but have happened before. I hope established Sabal palmetto will be OK but I'm sure with some damage at least to leaves. Some of those recently planted will die. Butia will be damaged and at least some killed. I'm not sure about Mediterranean Fans but probably some loss there too. This will probably kill the few Chinese fan palms and Phoenix palms. I'm sure Gary protected his money crop 1st but he has a lot of personal palms to protect so not sure there. Hope he comes out OK as well as other palm people. When everything thaws, after tonight I guess we will see. This is the perfect area for a test case as we have so many palms that have been here for a long time.
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