Sandy Loam Posted February 14, 2016 Report Share Posted February 14, 2016 Share your personal microclimate, if you have one! A few days ago, we endured the coldest night of the winter. Our "summer" begins on March 1, so the coldest nights of the year are now over. However, a few nights ago this town in northern Florida experienced an extreme low temperature of 30 degrees Fahrenheit (one weather source was even showing 29 F for 15 minutes-30 minutes). However, my thermometer memory shows 32.3 Fahrenheit as the record low temperature, and yet I am in a colder on the western outskirts of town. In real (live) time, WeatherUnderground.com was showing 34 Fahrenheit at several private thermometers in or around the centre of town (during the coldest part of the night, 6:00 am - 7:00 am). Two thermometers on WeatherUnderground.com were even showing 36 degrees Fahrenheit as the extreme low. By contrast, there was at least one private weather station showing 29 F on the western outskirts of town while others were experiencing 36 degrees around the centre of town. As always, the warm afternoon temperatures quickly sprang back into the 70s Fahrenheit/20s Celcius after the brief cold snap, but we have these cold snaps at least twice every "winter". BOTTOM LINE -- All of this is to say that a seven degree difference between one part of town and another is the difference between growing Washingtonias vs. growing Bismarckia or even trees with higher cold tolerance. For some of you in warmer locations, that could be the difference between growing Washingtonia vs. growing coconuts! Tell us about your own microclimates that allow you to push boundaries. 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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