Friday, February 3, 2012
The Winter That Never Was
Call me a geek, but I think it's interesting to study the weather records from time to time. The record lows and highs for our area from Jan 20 through today run from the single digits all the way up into the 80's and across decades from the fifties until recently. There was a little heat bump in 2002 with a couple of days running in the 80's and also back in 1989, but otherwise there is no real pattern. There was also a record 17.9 inch snowfall in 2000. So it's safe to say that the weather can be fickle in this part of the world this time of year. Though I'm not saying I don't believe in climate change, I absolutely do.
In fact this past week the USDA changed the plant hardiness zone map for the US for the first time in 22 years. Based on weather patterns over the last 30 years, the whole country pretty much got bumped up a notch, adding 5 degrees to the average low. The Piedmont of NC is now zone 7b instead of 7a.