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Anyone else get really cold this past week?

Posted by whaas 5a SE WI (My Page) on
Sat, Apr 19, 14 at 7:03

It was only one day but did anywhere else get really cold earlier this week?

Several locations in WI set record lows on Tuesday, including here where it hit 16 degrees.

Curious how far that cold ventured out and if it caused any issues with blooms/foliage.

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RE: Anyone else get really cold this past week?

It got to 28 here overnight. The weather said possible rain/snow in the morning which didn't happen and then about 1:00 pm there were medium-"speed" flurries that melted as they hit the ground. It was 40 though I think that day. Anyway that went on for three hours or so.

I have cold-climate firs beginning to break bud (lasiocarpa)..... saucer mag's are 9/10's blooming, hydrangeas began blooming at least seven days ago; Manchurian viburnum is in leaf and flower brackets are "rising up" as is V. carlesii; dentatum is expanding; 10 days ago Amalanchier began opening as did Sorbus alnifolia. Pinus parvilfora is in situ with Abies lasiocarpa but a few beats behind. Lots of fruit trees have been breaking bud the past week. Perennials are popping up everywhere. My neighbor has sedums 2-3" up I noticed yesterday.

mid-Mercer County, IL

RE: Anyone else get really cold this past week?

Severe damage down here, whaas. Most heavily damaged were fringe tree, blackgum, paw paw, redbud, and smoketree which are black and extra crispy. Some early Oaks, ash, and hickories also had substantial damage.

Dax reminded me. Here is my abies firma :-(

This post was edited by j0nd03 on Sat, Apr 19, 14 at 7:30

RE: Anyone else get really cold this past week?

it hit 22 the other morning.. nothing yet had broken dormancy ... so i dont anticipate any damage ... related to such


RE: Anyone else get really cold this past week?

The pawpaw, blackgum, and redbuds (and other deciduous trees) should releaf, I would think...but that fir, do you think it can recover?

RE: Anyone else get really cold this past week?

I am currently visiting family in Madison, Wi, so I experienced the same cold as you did along with a coating of snow Wednesday morning. It traveled east and dumped a few inches of snow in both Cleveland where my mom lives and in NH which is home. In NH we do get mid-April snow every few years, and while this was not record-setting cold for us, it is much colder than average for this time of year. New England in general got two or three nights of well below freezing weather, like 26 degrees in central MA.

RE: Anyone else get really cold this past week?

  • Posted by beng z6 western MD (My Page) on
    Sat, Apr 19, 14 at 9:52

23F two mornings. No problem as the cold has been consistent. Larch has flowers, but those are very cold-resistant.

The problem here are the frosts in mid-May like last yr. Only the toughest plants (or latest like southern mag) are not damaged by those.

RE: Anyone else get really cold this past week?

Here's a thread on the perennials forum that lists several areas with cold temps, some of which are unusual.

Here is a link that might be useful: Thread on perennials forum

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