2018 Florida Freeze

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1 hour ago, Opal92 said:

Wow, do you think those are post 2014?

I'm not sure.  On Google Maps street view, dated as May 2011, the lot is undeveloped with a pile of sand dumped on a site, possibly getting ready to to build it out.

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We had a low of 33 last week, far below the forecast.  Fortunately no sign of frost, which messed up some of the bromeliads a year ago.  Palms look OK.

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34 minutes ago, Dave-Vero said:

We had a low of 33 last week, far below the forecast.  Fortunately no sign of frost, which messed up some of the bromeliads a year ago.  Palms look OK.

Wow, I'm surprised to hear that. What was your low back in January? 

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55 minutes ago, Dave-Vero said:

We had a low of 33 last week, far below the forecast.  Fortunately no sign of frost, which messed up some of the bromeliads a year ago.  Palms look OK.

 

19 minutes ago, RedRabbit said:

Wow, I'm surprised to hear that. What was your low back in January? 

I am too.  At the house, the lowest I recorded was 42F.  In addition, if that was on Friday, that would count as a record low!

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On 3/15/2018, 4:19:13, Opal92 said:

Also, interestingly, there is a queen palm in front of "The Track" in Destin that is 100% defoliated and maybe dead- interesting since that same tree survived January/February 2015 when the max lows were very similar to this year.

Here is “The Track” Queen in question. Not the best pic, i know. But the best i was able to take while driving, lol. 

There’s plenty of green left closer to the trunk. So, I think it’s safe to say, “The Queen is alive” :D

 

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10 hours ago, Estlander said:

Here is “The Track” Queen in question. Not the best pic, i know. But the best i was able to take while driving, lol. 

There’s plenty of green left closer to the trunk. So, I think it’s safe to say, “The Queen is alive” :D

 

There used to be like 8 of them planted in a row down that whole area. I think some were removed for other reasons (unfortunately). It took about 2 years for them to completely recover from the January 2015 freeze. In the last few months I though there were 2 left, although this may be the last one (maybe the other one was removed for that construction).

Even if it survives, it's going to be a very slow recovery.

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On 3/16/2018, 11:26:21, kinzyjr said:

That's pretty incredible seeing that you are about 2.5 to 3 hours southwest of me. 

I'm East of I-75, out in Golden Gate Estates. We get downright chilly out there. :rant::wacko:

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On 3/15/2018, 4:19:13, Opal92 said:

There used to be like 8 of them planted in a row down that whole area. I think some were removed for other reasons (unfortunately). It took about 2 years for them to completely recover from the January 2015 freeze. In the last few months I though there were 2 left, although this may be the last one (maybe the other one was removed for that construction).

Even if it survives, it's going to be a very slow recovery.

40 minutes ago, Opal92 said:

 

Yes, there were two until very recently. Must have been in the way of the construction. 

 

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On 3/20/2018, 11:12:47, Missi said:

I'm East of I-75, out in Golden Gate Estates. We get downright chilly out there. :rant::wacko:

I noticed on Wunderground last night the coast was in the low 60s while just a couple miles inland, still west of 75, there were sites in the upper 40s. Could have been a fluke but I as a little surprised to see that much of a difference.

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5 hours ago, RedRabbit said:

I noticed on Wunderground last night the coast was in the low 60s while just a couple miles inland, still west of 75, there were sites in the upper 40s. Could have been a fluke but I as a little surprised to see that much of a difference.

Not uncommon. The Gulf exerts a strong moderating effect on coastal temps vs. inland areas. In summer the coast stays relatively cooler.

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45 minutes ago, PalmatierMeg said:

Not uncommon. The Gulf exerts a strong moderating effect on coastal temps vs. inland areas. In summer the coast stays relatively cooler.

Yep, I was just surprised it didn't push a little further inland than that. I've passed through on 75 plenty of times and it still looks tropical there but Wunderground showed it was significantly colder.

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On 3/24/2018, 1:27:14, RedRabbit said:

I noticed on Wunderground last night the coast was in the low 60s while just a couple miles inland, still west of 75, there were sites in the upper 40s. Could have been a fluke but I as a little surprised to see that much of a difference.

That much of a difference IS odd, especially for still being west of 75. 

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Well, FINALLY, no more of these chilly, frosty March nights. All mid to high 70's in the 10 day forecast with nothing lower than mid 50's.

I am ready and excited for this growing season.

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On 3/27/2018, 6:46:09, Opal92 said:

Well, FINALLY, no more of these chilly, frosty March nights. All mid to high 70's in the 10 day forecast with nothing lower than mid 50's.

I am ready and excited for this growing season.

Amen!  I think we finally put this one to bed for the year.  Now, a long growing/recovering season.

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@kinzyjr yes, and hoping for better luck the next winter.

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Pecan trees are budding out so winter is over.  Last freeze was mid February; another top 5 earliest freeze year ever recorded here.   

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48 minutes ago, TexasColdHardyPalms said:

Pecan trees are budding out so winter is over.  Last freeze was mid February; another top 5 earliest freeze year ever recorded here.   

You mean top 5 earliest LAST freeze? Interesting, so you missed out on those March freezes (albeit light) that got us along the northern gulf coast?

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3 hours ago, Opal92 said:

You mean top 5 earliest LAST freeze? Interesting, so you missed out on those March freezes (albeit light) that got us along the northern gulf coast?

Last freeze in Houston was Jan 18, last sub 40 temp was Feb 12 

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@Opal92 Correct, my mistake.   @Xenon Feb 12th was last freeze here. Last sub 40 was Feb 22nd. 

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2 hours ago, TexasColdHardyPalms said:

@Opal92 Correct, my mistake.   @Xenon Feb 12th was last freeze here. Last sub 40 was Feb 22nd. 

Interesting... you would think that the cold/freezing temps that came here moved through your area first (especially considering you are at a higher latitude), but I guess it's not that simple.

I can also remember other times you guys were walloped with a hard freeze while we barely got to freezing. We had no freeze at all in our neck of the woods in February with mostly high 70's the entire month. It was the warmest February I've ever experienced here- many times February is almost as cold as January. Everyone got spring fever in mid or even early February- at the garden center where I work, people were buying tender annuals, vegetables, and tropicals at that time- they should be thanking their lucky stars we didn't have a regular hard February freeze. The March freezes (which were light) were only felt in areas away from the immediate coast, and even then, it wasn't enough to really damage much anything other than some new leaves that were emerging from a few plants/trees/shrubs. It could have been a much worse situation, especially considering that our area has seen 20's in March in the past.

9 hours ago, Xenon said:

Last freeze in Houston was Jan 18, last sub 40 temp was Feb 12 

 

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4 hours ago, Opal92 said:

Interesting... you would think that the cold/freezing temps that came here moved through your area first (especially considering you are at a higher latitude), but I guess it's not that simple.

I can also remember other times you guys were walloped with a hard freeze while we barely got to freezing. We had no freeze at all in our neck of the woods in February with mostly high 70's the entire month. It was the warmest February I've ever experienced here- many times February is almost as cold as January. Everyone got spring fever in mid or even early February- at the garden center where I work, people were buying tender annuals, vegetables, and tropicals at that time- they should be thanking their lucky stars we didn't have a regular hard February freeze. The March freezes (which were light) were only felt in areas away from the immediate coast, and even then, it wasn't enough to really damage much anything other than some new leaves that were emerging from a few plants/trees/shrubs. It could have been a much worse situation, especially considering that our area has seen 20's in March in the past.

 

Interesting indeed.  In my experience it seems that in more central parts of the continent like Texas or the midwest, the intense cold is more concentrated around late December to January.  Whereas the further east you go, the chance of late winter weather (that misses the central US) remains higher for longer.   I suppose it is related to the possibility of Noreasters/ Alberta clippers tending to track further put out east? 

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Well I jinxed it.  That cold front that came through yesterday was quite strong. We dropped to 35 yesterday about 10am and it stayed below 45 all day long.  The winds shifted back from the SE and moderated the temperature last night.  Good news is it didn't freeze as I have a lot of encephalartos outside with new flushes and that would have wrecked them.

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11 hours ago, TexasColdHardyPalms said:

Well I jinxed it.  That cold front that came through yesterday was quite strong. We dropped to 35 yesterday about 10am and it stayed below 45 all day long.  The winds shifted back from the SE and moderated the temperature last night.  Good news is it didn't freeze as I have a lot of encephalartos outside with new flushes and that would have wrecked them.

You ducked a haymaker there, Tex. :)

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Not a HUGE deal, but noteworthy. Next week I'm supposed to be getting a couple lows in the mid-50s. :hmm:

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Well thankfully no frost, but still some chilly-mornings. 47 deg at about 6am today, and then up to 82 deg according to my weather station- you would think this is Arizona or California with such big daytime/nighttime temperature swings (thanks to the air being very dry). Thankfully we are getting a big rain this weekend, otherwise this would not be as bearable- things are still drying up very fast in the sun and heat.

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Wow just wow- about 7 degrees colder than forecast. Thank goodness I brought in my orchids.

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22 minutes ago, Opal92 said:

Wow just wow- about 7 degrees colder than forecast. Thank goodness I brought in my orchids.

Ouch... pretty late in the year for that!  Down here, we might scrape the high 40s in some spots, but overall, not much chance of damaging anything.  I'm sure we'll all be glad to put this whole winter behind us.

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Some downtown Tampa/West Shore coconuts, royals and that dichtosperma?...
 

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Most of that stuff looks like it will recover.

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Land O Lakes Coconut Palm (S.R 54 just pas US 41) Looks rough but It looks like it could survive.... This one definitely took a hard hit

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@Chatta There were two much younger cocos in Lakeland that had roughly the same damage.  They gave up the ghost recently.  If anything saves that one, age it will be. :)

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4 minutes ago, kinzyjr said:

@Chatta There were two much younger cocos in Lakeland that had roughly the same damage.  They gave up the ghost recently.  If anything saves that one, age it will be. :)

Thats sad :(. It amazed me that it was still there, It looks really bad, I hope it survives, it was a very beautiful palm before that and shocked me to see it this far north (and inland). I will definitely be trying to grab nuts from it if it survives lol

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On 4/30/2018, 2:06:51, Chatta said:

Some downtown Tampa/West Shore coconuts, royals and that dichtosperma?...
 

I drive past that place in downtown ever day. You're right, there are two dichtospermas and 4 coconuts there. 

I was driving on S Westshore yesterday and the coconuts by Green Iguana look pretty rough along with the rest of them. It is really something how bad Tampa got it relative to St. Pete and places further south. Even the warmest places in Tampa fared poorly, inland parts of St. Pete did much better by comparison.  

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1 hour ago, RedRabbit said:

I drive past that place in downtown ever day. You're right, there are two dichtospermas and 4 coconuts there. 

I was driving on S Westshore yesterday and the coconuts by Green Iguana look pretty rough along with the rest of them. It is really something how bad Tampa got it relative to St. Pete and places further south. Even the warmest places in Tampa fared poorly, inland parts of St. Pete did much better by comparison.  

I saw those same coconuts down there at the Green Iguana and meant to take pictures. Ironically, next to the old Green Iguana on Anderson theres a coconut palm planted near the movie theater! Not sure when it was planted but if it was there from the cold, it did really well. Theres also a coconut in my girlfriends neighborhood in Southern Keystone right at Citrus Park that did really well... I'll try to grab pictures. I maybe switching jobs and might be working in Ybor/Downtown area soon :P

Sunday I found some really big spindle palms (I think... as you know Red, i'm bad with IDing..) and also some very large what appeared to be Teddy Bear Dypsis? Could have been redneck... Anyway check it out from streetview. This is in Gulfport off 22nd Ave South, I'm gonna go grab pictures in person tomorrow I think.
 

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45 minutes ago, Chatta said:

I saw those same coconuts down there at the Green Iguana and meant to take pictures. Ironically, next to the old Green Iguana on Anderson theres a coconut palm planted near the movie theater! Not sure when it was planted but if it was there from the cold, it did really well. Theres also a coconut in my girlfriends neighborhood in Southern Keystone right at Citrus Park that did really well... I'll try to grab pictures. I maybe switching jobs and might be working in Ybor/Downtown area soon :P

Sunday I found some really big spindle palms (I think... as you know Red, i'm bad with IDing..) and also some very large what appeared to be Teddy Bear Dypsis? Could have been redneck... Anyway check it out from streetview. This is in Gulfport off 22nd Ave South, I'm gonna go grab pictures in person tomorrow I think.
 

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If memory serves me correct, the Coconut located at the old Green Iguana off Anderson was there back in 2010. Used to frequent the place Wed-Fri when i lived in Largo. Most of the palms on the property did well through the 09-10 event as well. Foxtails and the Pandanus located around back by the patio took the biggest hit, but had pretty much snapped out of any damage by later that summer (2010). I remember id talked to the owner a couple times after the landscape crew that takes care of the place came through and butchered some stuff right after the freeze that year. 

On an off track side note, ..and thanks in part to my crazy ex girlfriend at the time, i'm sure if really searched the edge of the lake beside the parking lot, i might still be able to find a message board id had in my kitchen.. Fun times, i'll tell ya.

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