A building ridge of high pressure will push our high temperatures into the low 80s Wednesday and Thursday, with mostly sunny skies Wednesday changing into partly cloudy conditions Thursday afternoon, with a slight chance of afternoon thunderstorms moving into the picture Thursday and Friday. For the weekend, a weak low pressure trough will move through the region, dropping our highs back into the 60s and bringing scattered rain showers into the forecast Saturday and Sunday.

Plant chill

The breezy conditions of this winter might have had Mike wondering: “Do plants experience ‘wind chill’?”

They don’t experience it in the same way that we do, but if you really look at it technically, they can experience a type of wind chill. Wind chill is essentially a reflection of moving air’s ability to draw heat away from an object faster than calm air. So a plant will cool off faster in the wind than if it were calm. But it will only cool down to the ambient air temperature, after that the wind won’t affect it temperature-wise. And since most of the time, plants are close to air temperature, wind chill won’t have much effect unless the temperature is dropping rapidly. Wind will tend to dry out the plant quicker, but that’s another subject.