And Now, Here's The Weather...

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From Corsica, Jacques Deleuze:

"Of course, temperatures down here in Corsica are much less damaging than exactly the same temperatures in Northern Europe, and this fact should always be born in mind when making comparisons. Here, the December mean temperature was 3C below average and January's was 1.5 below average. Thus, most of the plants were dormant when the cold snap of February occurred.

"The night temperature on the 7th went down to -1.5 (mildest spot) and to -5 (coldest spot) which is actually about the same as I recorded in '84/85. The rest of the week was warmer with no frost but then the next week we had another cold spell with frost and a weekly mean temperature of 0 in the coldest part of the garden. As a result, the most tender palms: Ptychosperma, Hyophorbe, Neodypsis, Caryota etc., had their leaves burnt. However, all the others showed no damage and are already growing away nicely."

Thomas Baumgartner, from Austria:

"Austria is used to quite cold winters due to its continental, and in higher parts, alpine climate. As an example, the average statistics for the Vienna region (one of the milder areas) tell of about 82 (lays of frost, night lows of -10, and 46 days of snow cover of 30-40cm.

"In common with most of Europe, the last two winters were quite mild, but this year it was unusually cold with lows down to -17 in Vienna during February. Fortunately this cold period did not last long, and conditions soon normalized.

"As you can imagine, this is not the ideal climate for growing palms out of doors, and the few attempts that have been made have been unsuccessful. In this country, we palm enthusiasts have to content ourselves with potted specimens kept outside during the warmer months, and brought in during the winter"

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