RDU record broken last night
Posted by C in NC on January 8, 2018, 5:44 pm
A low of 4 degrees recorded at the Raleigh Durham airport last night. I don't think it got quite that cold where I am, but YOWSA. Also, RDU just had 200 hours of temps at or below 32!! Getting out the Ilex catalog.......
Re: RDU record broken last night
Posted by David VA on January 8, 2018, 6:24 pm, in reply to "RDU record broken last night"
I'm sure it has been colder than that there before. However, that might be a record for that particular date. Places with snow cover got the worst of it. Areas of the coastal plain in Virginia and North Carolina with heavy snow cover went below zero. Even as far south as Greenville NC, it went to 4 below zero early Sunday morning. Places between I95 and Wilmington NC saw single digits also. I'm way up in the northern tip of Virginia and my immediate area bottomed out at zero. It probably would have been worse it we had snow on the ground. Luckily we didn't. The duration of this event was probably more damaging than the actual lows for many people. Yuck!
Posted by Terry SE KY Harlan Co. on January 8, 2018, 6:41 pm, in reply to "Re: RDU record broken last night"
The magnitude of the blocking of the jet and actual strength of both those arctic highs could have set more records, but the lack of US snowpack, especially to the NW of the Eastern US, saved our butts from totally freezing off, literally. I think this could have rivaled the 85-86 cold wave IF we actually had snow pack. Nothing here...less than 1/2 inch season-to-date. Driest and coldest winter I have seen in my lifetime in relationship to almost no snow, so far!
Posted by Rob North Tennessee on January 8, 2018, 7:11 pm, in reply to "RDU record broken last night"
Hoping everything will be ok C. I dont think you will see this again for several years to come.
Posted by Rob North Tennessee on January 8, 2018, 7:34 pm, in reply to "Re: RDU record broken last night"
Last year was fairly snow free also and thank goodness this year wasnt any different Terry.
Posted by Fred SC on January 8, 2018, 8:01 pm, in reply to "RDU record broken last night"
Wow, Cindy, I am betting ona lot of plant damage happened on some of the marginals after two weeks of way below normal temps. I noticed today that my large Opuntia gomei 'Old Mexico' is done! I mean 95 percent dead,zapped by the cold of 13F. The 11 a while back did not phase it, but consecutive nights in teens did it in. Here is ap picture of it before it froze. This was a picture form 2014. It was about 3 times as large. IT has developed a woody trunk. The trunk may survive an I can start over. My wife loves the large pads and bloom. Sorry the picture is sideways. I tried to edit several times to no avail, so I sent it anyway
Here you go Fred
Posted by Rob North Tennessee on January 8, 2018, 8:06 pm, in reply to "Re: RDU record broken last night"
Posted by C in NC on January 8, 2018, 8:43 pm, in reply to "Re: RDU record broken last night"
yea, about every 18 years......with the climate changing so quickly, I don't know if I need heat tolerant plants or tundra plants. My big yuccas all loo pretty good but time will tell.
Posted by Ken on January 8, 2018, 8:55 pm, in reply to "RDU record broken last night"
That beat me here in midtenn, I clocked 176 hours at or below freezing, longest I can remember in the 33 years I've been here. Didn't go below zero though. Thank god we had no snow cover. Here's hoping all your transplants make it.
Posted by Rob North Tennessee on January 9, 2018, 8:21 pm, in reply to "Re: RDU record broken last night"
Your a great landscape artist and plant collector with too many connections to go wrong I think your good . . . . for at least another 18 years
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