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From: Tony Avent <tony at PLANTDELIGHTS.COM>
Subject: Re: climate
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Arisaema growers:<br>
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; As part of the group advising on the development of th=e new USDA
hardiness map, we have been shown a variety of dataset model maps
depicting average minimum winter temperatures changes in the US.&nbsp; Us=ing
the 2003 proposed 15-year dataset, Chicago would have moved squarely
from Zone 5 into Zone 6 due to a 15-year period of abnormally warm
winters.&nbsp; Since then, Chicago has returned to more normal winter
temperatures and will remain in Zone 5.&nbsp; Raleigh, NC has not seen
temperatures below 7 degrees F since 1996, but we will still remain in
Zone 7b due to the 30-year data set that accounts for normal short-term
temperature swings.&nbsp; USDA has now agreed to use a 30-year dataset fo=r
the upcoming map and most gardeners will find that the 30-year average
shows a very slight warming trend in most parts of the county.&nbsp; FYI,
the tundra only disappeared from Maine 10,000 years ago and as I'm sure
most of you know, the Little Ice Age only ended in 1850.&nbsp; If you hav=e a
scientific interest in global climate change, I'd highly recomend the
book <br>
<span class="small"><span class="small"><font size="-1"><b><a
Ancient Forests : From the Ice Age to the Age of Discovery</a></b>
<font face="verdana,arial,helvetica" size="-1">by Thomas M. Bonnickse=n</font>
To quote Daniel Patrick Moynahan, "<span class="body">Everyone is
entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts."</span><br>
<pre class="moz-signature" cols="72">Tony Avent
Plant Delights Nursery @
Juniper Level Botanic Garden
9241 Sauls Road
Raleigh, North Carolina  27603  USA
Minimum Winter Temps 0-5 F
Maximum Summer Temps 95-105F
USDA Hardiness Zone 7b
email <a class="moz-txt-link-abbreviated" href="mailto:tony at">tony at</a>
website  <a class="moz-txt-link-freetext" href=""></a>
phone 919 772-4794
fax  919 772-4752
"I consider every plant hardy until I have killed it least th=ree times" - Avent</pre>
J.E. Shields wrote:
<blockquote cite="mid5. at"
type="cite">Hard to say what one would notice, given the variables.&nb=sp;
It certainly appears to me that the great majority of climate
scientists think global warming is a fact.&nbsp; I myself, not a
climatologist, think it likely that anthropogenic global warming is a
fact.&nbsp; It is not politically correct, it is a scientific hypothesis
that appears to have much to support it.&nbsp; It is a reasonable working
The proof or disproof, after the fact, will come long after all of us
are dead and gone.&nbsp; Taking cheap shots at it won't change the facts,
whatever they may be.&nbsp; This is probably not the best forum in which =to
debate the question.
Jim Shields
Jim Shields&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&n=bsp;&nbsp; USDA Zone 5&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nb=sp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Shields Gardens, Ltd.
P.O. Box 92&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&n=bsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; WWW:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a class="moz-txt-link-freetext=" href=""><=/a>
Westfield, Indiana 46074, USA
Tel. ++1-317-867-3344&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; or&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&=nbsp; toll-free 1-866-449-3344 in USA

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