World weather notes
Climate shock: Notes for the transplanted gardener
The traveling gardener is often surprised by weather in both its
differences and similarities between regions.
Here's a list of some things that caught our interest as we
traveled or made virtual exploration of distant places. (Some of
these come from our workshops on hardiness and geographic effects
on garden color, such as Gardener, Hedge Your Bets and
Local Color; these are presentations we can deliver to
your group; just invite us to speak!)
We'll extend the list as we go, with geographical and climate
related facts related to articles we post. You can
Contact us if you come home from your travels with
items to add here.
...is at 49°N latitude. That's closer to the North Pole than
Thunder Bay, Ontario on Lake Superior's northern shore.
Giverny where Monet made his famous Clos Normand
garden and Water Lily pond is 50 miles north of Paris. Yet the
whole of north central France is as warm in winter as northern
Florida -- equivalent to USDA hardiness zone 8.
Winter temperatures average 34°F with the possibility in any given
year of a snap into the teens.