[NAFEX] Climate zone maps
bwoodtx at verizon.net
Wed Dec 21 11:21:24 EST 2005
There are a lot of micro climates that the maps cannot take into
consideration. The best way I believe is to just go by the zone
temperatures, such as zone 7b - low is 5 to10 degrees, if that is your low
temperature average then that is your zone regardless of what any map says.
If you are not sure ask some longtime (reasonable) residents in your area
about the average lows or your local weather service. Keep in mind that the
zone does not take into consideration extreme fluxations, such as 50 year
lows, you are just looking for the average winter lowest temperatures.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Thomas Olenio" <tolenio at sentex.net>
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Wednesday, December 21, 2005 8:15 AM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Climate zone maps
> Hi Jim,
> Same reason there are Toyotas and Fords. People have different wants.
> I do not rely on the maps at all anymore. I have a thermometer that
> records the highs and lows. The micro climate here does not match the
> zone maps at all.
> My zone seems to be in flux right now. Lower winter temps, last 4-5
> I take the zone map as a very rough guide. I hope somebody develops a
> better tool.
> On Wed, 21 Dec 2005 08:14:05 -0600, Jim Fruth <jfruth at uslink.net> wrote:
>> What good are all of the other wannabee climate zone maps? The USDA
>> is in general use by catalog plant sellers; can you imagine the
>> confusion if
>> each used a different one? Do the other climate zone map authors hope
>> catalogers will adopt theirs?
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