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Re: What are we looking at here as far as damage?
So hard to believe that Nashville is so "warm". I'm referring to the mid and upper 60s in your forecast, as well as your lowest low over the period (17F). In my 5-day forecast, I have a day (Thursday) that might have trouble getting to 17F FOR THE HIGH.
Nashville used to be Zone 6 on the old 1990 map, I believe. And it's reasonable: Far removed from "big water"; wide open to airmasses plunging southward. Yet, you have more -- far more -- public palm plantings there, and it seems easier to grow palms in Nashville compared to Delaware. I say this out of jealousy. I get how Chattanooga is palm-friendly. Same for Memphis. But Nashville strikes me as being as cold as here or worse. And it's not true.
Jim, Wilmington, DE, 7a
Last 30 Years Avg. Winter Low: 7.50F
Last 20 Years Avg. Winter Low: 8.35F
Last 10 Years Avg. Winter Low: 8.40F
Favorite Palms: Species: Phoenix Canariensis / Genus: Sabal