Polar Vortex preparations?

Well we don’t have any crazy lows predicted but chilly for the next two weeks at least so figured I’d make sure we get no sub zero temps and protect everything.



Citrus and avos all tucked in, a couple not pictured also with some not being covered also. Curious to see anyone else’s preparation if they have any

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If I had your forecast I would not have to protect anything…

Mine looks like this…

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I got my string of 300 incandescent Christmas lights installed and tested today in my all winter greens bed. On the nights it goes below 25… I will light them up and cover the bed.

I may cover my IKKJiro on some of those nights as well… especially thw 6F-8F nights.
Just a Tarp, tied on and staked down well.

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I would be very happy if I have your weather.

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Some of you all are cold tuf for sure.

Not sure I could stand it up there :wink:

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Your actually a little colder than NE Ohio. Wind is coming from SW. Man is it howling.

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Winters can really feel long here. Very little sun Dec-Feb. We just need Richard to chime in about Southern CA :slight_smile:

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Well if the prediction is accurate I will have wasted time, but like last night was forecasted 46 and it got 33. So if those numbers are 13 off at 28 and I don’t cover the avos and citrus maybe I won’t have death but it could cost me any fruit next year. Hopefully we avoid the brunt as predicted

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you must not be a skier! We’ve yet to go lower than about 15 F at night and hardly a day under 28. Looks like you guys in the mid-south may be colder than us. Lots of time for things to change, but there seem to be a couple of coldish nights in the forecast 1/17 and 1/20. Still very mild for VT in January. Weve had some days in the mid-40’s nearly every week. Three snowfalls so far, all were followed by warmth and rain and melted almost immediately.


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Dont need the lights tonight (28F or so)… but sun is down and covered my greens bed and checked the lights again.

Ready for those single digit nights now.

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I see a couple of 25-26 nights this next week. We are finished beefing up extra warmth for animals. Of course the goats decided to birth in the period of storms and then cold. Have about another 10 ready to blow. We just have to finish the pigs a spot but the stuff is ready to do it.

We have some citrus and figs to cover. I’m guessing the Apples will be fine. Chickens are all set except for our dopey lovable rooster. We will pen him up and put him in the utility room with a pair of dogs. Need to wrap a few pipes too.

Willow decided to blow and we found this after dinner:

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Overnight our temps dropped to 22F, so my hummingbird feeder would have frozen but I had taken it inside overnight. I set my alarm for 7 am today which is first light here. Immediately the birds appeared but were fighting more than drinking. I had to bring it inside to thaw 4 times today as temps hung around 22-33F. So I kept it inside until 4 pm our last hour of light. Now the birds in preparation for a cold night are more interested in drinking than fighting!

Dennis
Kent wa

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Wow. Our Hummingbirds are long gone. We keep one out for migration stragglers; but have not seen one since October.

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Still no -0 in the 7 day. staying in in mid to upper 20’s and teens at night. no complaints here. single digits tonight then 37f tom. with another 3-5in.

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My greenhouse is 48 at night and 90 before noon. I only heat at night. Sun does it’s thing during the day. In fact exhaust fans have been needed every day but one to hold it to 90 since mid Dec.

Stonefruit are blooming and bumblebees are doing what they do. It’s nice to get warmed up each day. It will be near 12 outside early next week.

My polar prep was putting in a backup heater.

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Picked my fruit before polar V.


1 pint of Meiwa kumquats and a new Zealand lemonade.

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Looks like we got lucky around Sacramento Valley, California


It blew 50 and was the first time we were a bit hotter than the predicted weather. Also my tunnel got blown off so glad it didn’t get cold yet and I have time to fix it haha. Wasn’t expecting those 50mph gusts

@DennisD and @dannytoro1
I used to feed them all winter long as we have some that don’t migrate, but one year I had the same thing, kept 2 feeders with timers so they didn’t freeze for long in that short cold snap. The female was coming every few minutes then it snowed and I never saw her again. Ever since then I stopped feeding because I felt responsible for keeping her around haha

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If you are in 9a why would there be a polar vortex? Do you get a freeze?

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A fresh 9a haha, but I just don’t trust the predictions that we will be spared. The thin line we get missed by is only a few miles, I don’t expect to get into the teens but it’s possible.

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