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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Oct 30, 2012 7:47 AM CST
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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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
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Oct 30, 2012 8:15 AM CST
Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
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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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Oct 30, 2012 8:21 AM CST
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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Excellent reminder of how well snow insulates our plants.
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Oct 30, 2012 9:12 AM CST
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
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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Oct 30, 2012 10:19 AM CST
Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Salvias Garden Procrastinator Irises I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Charter ATP Member Xeriscape Region: Colorado Roses Cat Lover The WITWIT Badge
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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Oct 31, 2012 1:15 AM CST
Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
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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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