19 Apr '17, 4pm

Planting an #EarthDay garden? Consider climate's 'new normal' with this interactive set of maps.

Planting an #EarthDay garden? Consider climate's 'new normal' with this interactive set of maps.

Among the most important factors determining which plants will thrive in a given location is how cold the winter is. Some plants and trees can't tolerate sub-freezing temperatures, for example, while some require a chilling period of a minimum legnth in order to break winter dormancy and flower. If you’re planting a garden this Earth Day, this set of maps can help you see how planting zones where you live may have shifted over the past few decades in response to warming climate. The interactive map at right shows the average annual coldest winter temperatures across the contiguous United States for 1981-2010 divided into 10-degree "planting zone" bins. If you zoom to a particular place on the map and click to show the pop-up, you can see your current planting zone as well as what your planting zone would have been during the 1971-2000 period. If you launch the full-screen ...

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