This is from my Costco home weather station today.
Anyone else see temperatures like this?
I looked at some depressing statistics (https://www.currentresults.com/Yearly-Weather/USA/extreme-annual-usa-index-low-temperature.php) and it seems like every few decades most palm trees from Texas to Florida would get nuked. Maybe just Sabals would survive. I was shocked to find out that even Miami has experienced freezes in the past. In 1989 the temperatures in Austin reached 4°F, Houston 9°F and Miami 30°F. This also does not seem to be the only such event, in 1949 temps got down to -2°F in Austin, 0°F in San Antonio and in 1899 there was even a colder blast that brought snow to Florida. What I don't understand how it is possible for old Sabal Mexicanas that I see around Austin to have survived this kind of temperatures. There are lots of trees that are definitely much older than 30 years.
I've looked at recent warming trends and it seems like they are about 2°F since 1940, and even the most extreme projections are only a few degrees in the coming decades.
So, is the milder weather due to something else or are we destined to experience this kind of weather again?
I just put up my winter protection yesterday and I had a couple of questions. The biggest one being, will my palms be okay with no sunlight for the next 4 months? I have T. fortunei (right) wrapped with frost cloth with a heat lamp attached to a thermo-cube. The Needle (left) is tied together surrounded by straw / leaves. It has a frost cloth roof with plastic corrugated roofing over it. Can I just leave it for 4 months? No watering / sunlight? There are small ventilation holes in the back of each box and doors that I can open if it gets too warm. Thanks for the help!
I just happened to find this on YouTube and I thought it was really cool to see. Look at the water.
I thought it may be cool to post photos of the garden as it appears this winter. Please posts pics of your own garden as well. I am in North Georgia, a cold zone 8a.