There's a new USDA map, Chicago has officially be promoted to zone 6a
Here is a link that might be useful: New USDA map
I looked at it - sometimes they'll bleed over into Western Canada. Whichever way you look at it, it's still Z4/conditionalZ5 - not good for winter Aloes.
It looks like they raised me from a 6 to a 6b. Still not high enough. I really need to move to a warmer climate.
Thank you for the link.
Well, I wonder how much that cost us taxpayers. You know it is very undependable. This changes year to year. I think it is to push their global warming stuff. Is the earth warming. Yes. Now is it because of us or nature? Look at history. The earth goes thru cycles of warming and thaws. Can we change it. No. The whole world has to go together to do that. Can it ever happen. No. Again look at history. Too many nuts in charge taking control and killing their own people. Wait till Iran gets their bomb stuff going. Then talk about global warming.
We were raised, too..from 5A to 5B..I like this new zonal map better, lol. Toni
If I might suggest the proper place for your view of the global warning issue, this isn't it - it's the Hot Topics forum.
"Weather is to the Climate" as a "wave is to the ocean". It reflects average minimum temps and has nothing to do with long term climate. It was first put out in 1960, long before anyone was talking about climate change. USDA maps are intended primarily for farmers to properly grow the food that you and the rest of us eat. It is a statistical data collection of weather reporting stations from around the country. The Arbor Day foundation changed their map a few years ago.
I agree, Your unscientific political opinion is off topic here.
Wow, I didn't know Orlando was 9b...Cool! My plants are staying outside...no worries. The only one I was really worried about during the cooler evenings was the bromeliad.
I agree, global warming is definitely off topic here.
Yes You are all right. Sorry. My bad.
dellis326, ...and I raised the question in the Botany forum!