Wednesday, October 1, 2003

Cover those plants tonight


Let mold freeze its spores off

By Dan Klepal
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Pull out an extra blanket tonight ... for the tomatoes.

A freeze watch is in effect for Greater Cincinnati, meaning temperatures are expected to dip toward freezing during early morning Thursday.

It's a freeze watch - not a frost watch - because ground temperatures are probably still too warm for frost to take hold, said Myron Padgett, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio. Still, with overnight lows expected between 32 and 37 degrees, it'll be cold.

Plant owners and gardeners are encouraged to bring in plants, and to cover plants in the garden, to protect them.

The first blast of winter is coming early this year. The first freeze doesn't typically happen until late October. But the earliest freeze in Cincinnati history happened Sept. 28, so it's not unheard of.

The high temperature Thursday is forecast to be in the low 50s, compared with the normal high of low 70s.

There is a ray of sun in the forecast: Blankets can't cover the record mold and pollen spores created by the wet spring and summer. Most should die off in the chilly morning, giving some relief to allergy sufferers.

E-mail dklepal@enquirer.com




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