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Old 12-05-2009, 01:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default NorCal deep freeze

OK so I am depressed. No frosts yet so far this year, but from the arctic is coming a perfect scenario. It takes a lot for us to freeze, and I think that might be coming.



This image shows a strong jet stream coming STRAIGHT south on Monday. This is like transporting our houses 1000 miles to the north. We're really unlucky. If arctic air comes over the ocean, it can moderate some but in this case, we have no hope..... It's going to be a rough 1 or 2 nights before the warm rain comes later in the week.

I've been using up a lot of freezepruf, and tomorrow I should finish. Really though.. what else can I do? Ideas people? It's just going to be one night and I hate to take so much damage for one freak night.

Should I set little fires? set out space heaters? just spray more freezepruf? What about an electric blanket haha

Where the heck is the EL NINO?!? ahhh this is painful. Maybe some of you in colder areas are used to it, but it's so depressing to lose plants like this

How cold is it going to get? No way to know now, but it could be upper 20s.......
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Old 12-05-2009, 03:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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I'm depressed too. We're expecting 30 degree temperature tonight. A week ago the winds broke two banana plants in half. They both had just put out a bloom. I'm leaving them half broken in hopes that they may still survive, but previous winds have also decimated most of the leaves.

I have a Manzano that has some small bananas, but who knows what it will look like tomorrow. I was planning to order some Freezpruf, but didn't expect temperatures to drop like this so quickly.
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Already 38 degrees at 9:30PM. Tonight is gonna be fun! I expect to wake up to a bunch of roasted plants
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o no is it coming my way ???????????? I better check
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I did not see any for Fresno

Tonight: Mostly clear. Low 33F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph. Tomorrow: Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. High 56F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Tomorrow night: Cloudy skies early with showers later at night. Low 38F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Monday: Rain likely. High 47F. SE winds shifting to W at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Tuesday: Mainly cloudy and rainy. Highs in the upper 40s and lows in the upper 20s. Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 40s and lows in the low 30s.
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Tonight the clouds will save you, but it might be coming Monday night
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Wrap the best trunks on your plants with burlap or fiberglass house insulation. You may lose some leaves but the plants should recover quickly down there.
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Can I irrigate tonight?? I know harvey has done it. Not sure how much is needed though per hour
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ARRGHH mercury drops below 32 and damage has started. I will report how good freezepruf did tomorrow
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Oh boy this could be ugly until Wednesday. We could be looking at 3-4 year temp lows. I knew this would be an ugly year since the Sun is at the quiet portion of its 11 year cycle.
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What the heck is this..!???? SNOW? arrgh. Be positive I guess.. it's global warming

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SACRAMENTO HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH FOR THE SOUTHERN SACRAMENTO VALLEY... DELTA AND NORTHERN SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH MONDAY EVENING.

* TIMING: SNOW IS EXPECTED TO POSSIBLY BEGIN EARLY MONDAY MORNING AND CONTINUE THROUGH THE DAY BEFORE TAPERING OFF IN THE EVENING.

* SNOW LEVEL: LOWERING TO NEAR SEA LEVEL EARLY MONDAY.


On the other hand, it's exciting to re-live the year 1888.
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I'll help you with an un-scientific experiment to see if your freezeproof is worth it or not. All my banana plants fried the last 2 nights, and are unprotected aside from the canopy of drooping leaves.

We had a nice soaking rain so I won't be watering thru the night.

My most cold sensitive are in an enclosure with Christmas lights, but are still fried, being cold sensitive.

It's supposed to get to 26 degrees tonight.

I went out 1/2 hour ago and there is already frost built up.

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I'm very sad for you all because you have certainly species which are not hardy...Cross your fingers guys!!!
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we get frost every year and my bananas come back i think you all are worring for nothing they do have the ability to go dormet nun of you are in what i would call a bad place for Bananas try up in the moutains like me at 3000ft and im still not in that bad a place for them at least im a zone 9
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Sad day here I know I lost some plants I did not get them all up how sad Every thing was iced over this morning a sad day here my poor plants its all white
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It was 24.4 degrees this morning when I left to go to work (on my motorcycle). I'm not worried about any of the corms surviving, I am worried about the stems surviving so I can have fruit next year...

I'm also concerned that my citrus might be toast...
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I got REALLY cold last night. wow........

We got down to 26. And my thoughts on FreezePruf? I won't be doing it again.. it's snake oil
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Aw c'mon you guys.. we are still growing bananas in Wisconsin, it could be worse!!
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haha 2009 is soo warm it's setting record lows. Last night was a record low btw.
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My bananas are still green but toniight will be on the 32 F so I am cutting all the banana leaves and tied them around the pstem and I will put a trash can liners on top of the pstem and I'll wrap the pstem with clear plastics.
This is the first time I'll do this so I am crossing my fingers if I can save most of my bananas. The small ones I am covering them with plastic pots.
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