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Weather may put chill on blooms-Northwest Florida-rare freezing temperatures

 
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Weather may put chill on blooms-Northwest Florida-rare freezing temperatures
February, 9, 2006
[link to www.pensacolanewsjournal.com]

Magnolias basking in late-winter sunshine are in for a rude shock.

A blast of Arctic air invades Northwest Florida this week, bringing rare freezing temperatures during one of the warmest winters on record, according to weather forecasters.

This January was the 14th warmest on record in Pensacola since officials began keeping weather data in the 1880s. This year, the month only had one day of freezing temperatures.

"We had a warm January, and now, it looks like we'll make up for it in February," said Keith Williams, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Mobile.

The Weather Service expects the low to reach 30 degrees inland Pensacola by Friday morning, with lows in the mid-30s along the coast. A low of 25 to 29 degrees is expected overnight Saturday, with colder temperatures inland. AccuWeather.com forecasts a low of 42 in Pensacola by this morning. Freezing weather is forecast for Saturday with a low of 31 degrees.

That will make it frosty for magnolias, azaleas and many other brilliant spring bloomers that have sprung flowers like those at Bill Hua's home.

"It's nice seeing the blooms, but we know it will get cold again," Hua said. "We know it's too early. But if we have to, we'll cover them up."

Plant experts advise residents to let nature take its course, except for plants that are young and are showing new growth. They discourage residents from fertilizing plants that would encourage blooms and expose them to late winter freezes.

Theresa Friday, horticulturist with the University of Florida Santa Rosa County extension office, advises to use canvas or cloth and completely drape the plant to the surface, securing the cover.

Remember, cold winter weather can be a needed respite for plants and can help control weeds and insect pests, said Amanda Pope of Floral Tree Gardens on Burgess Road.

"People are getting anxious, and they want to start fertilizing," Pope said. "We need winter here. We really do."

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Re: Weather may put chill on blooms-Northwest Florida-rare freezing temperatures
Flowers are popping up everywhere here. Trees beginning to bud.

Too early.
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Re: Weather may put chill on blooms-Northwest Florida-rare freezing temperatures
Well this is much colder... they are calling it a "polar winter"...

[link to www.heraldsun.news.com.au]

Lion, llama freeze to death in zoo
From correspondents in Skopje, Macedonia
10feb06

A LION and a llama died of cold in a zoo in southern Macedonia this week as polar temperatures gripped the country, zoo authorities said.

The 25-year-old lion and the baby llama were found dead in their cages after temperatures in the southern city of Bitola, near the border with Greece, fell to -28C.
Both animals lived in open bar cages with no heating.

Zoo authorities said the lion was too old to withstand the cold and the two-month-old lama too young to be taken from her mother and placed in a heated cage.

Animal care is not a priority in Macedonia, one of Europe's poorest countries. Conditions in most zoos are dire.

The country in recent days has been hit by what local media call a "polar winter", with temperatures plunging far below zero, especially in Bitola - the coldest city in the country with temperatures in the minus 20s.

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Re: Weather may put chill on blooms-Northwest Florida-rare freezing temperatures
The Azealas and DogWoods have been in bloom for right at 2 weeks now.
So, since mid-Jan.
Saw a guy scraping Ice off of his windshield the other morning here in North Central Florida.
Dam, I tossed out my snow scrapper when I left Colorado a few years ago, guess I should have kept it huh?
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Re: Weather may put chill on blooms-Northwest Florida-rare freezing temperatures
PACNWguy yes, in Southern Calli here same thing, but been kind of dry not a lot of rain this year...

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cold weather in february?
holy crap
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Re: Weather may put chill on blooms-Northwest Florida-rare freezing temperatures
Well for Florida this was one of the warmiest winters on record...

And it could be worse, other places in the world are having severe cold but this should still be noted...

I try to watch for "ping ponging" in temps in certain areas of the world...

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