Snow Is a Great Insulator: Temps: ºC = ºF

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Snow Is a Great Insulator

By Joannabanana
October 30, 2012

"Snow is a good insulator". Anyone who gardens in the North has probably heard this numerous times and even repeated the statement to others, without knowing how much of a difference the snow makes.

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Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
Oct 30, 2012 7:47 AM CST
Forgot to put the equivalents in the article (0ºC = +32ºF) and ( -40ºC = -40ºF)
Here's the equivalents for the temperatures that I mentioned

-39.5ºC = -39.1ºF
-30ºC = -22ºF
-20ºC = -4ºF
-8ºC = +17ºF
-5ºC = +23ºF
-2ºC = +28.4ºF
+5ºC = +41ºF
Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
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Skiekitty
Oct 30, 2012 8:15 AM CST
I can attest to that! When we get snow, I make sure that I shovel it from the driveway onto the yard. The deeper the snow, the happier I get because it's free water! Same with my walkway.. I shovel that onto my miniature roses bed. The deeper snow protects the canes from winterkill.
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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Oct 30, 2012 8:21 AM CST
Excellent reminder of how well snow insulates our plants.
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Canadian Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Roses
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Container Gardener Vegetable Grower Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Joannabanana
Oct 30, 2012 9:12 AM CST
Toni,
Do you get a lot of Chinooks in your area? We have huge temperature fluctuations here and often loose our snow cover with Chinooks.

Caroline,
Looks like will have a snowy forecast for tonight!

Ice is not an insulator, but certainly can be pretty.

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Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
Charter ATP Member Irises Salvias Xeriscape Birds I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Procrastinator The WITWIT Badge Region: Colorado Enjoys or suffers cold winters Cat Lover
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Skiekitty
Oct 30, 2012 10:19 AM CST
Joanna - We get the Chinooks in the early/mid spring. Luckily by that time, we're already so tired of winter, we welcome them. They come roaring off the mountains, cutting the snow off the mountains so the wind here is butt-kicking cold even though it's a warm windfront. Stings like the dickens 'cuz it always carries ice particles from the mountains and that hurts! As of the past few years, we haven't had that many huge fluctuations in temperatures where it goes from 80+deg F to -17degF (like in '06), but we did have a huge drop last week where it was 77degsF on Tues and 21degsF on Wed w/snow.
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Oct 31, 2012 1:15 AM CST
Wonderful information Joanne. I know lots of people in snow areas that even shovel the snow onto their flower beds when clearing walkways and driveways. Thumbs up

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