We are right on the edge. See today's T-G for the other map.
Check the T-G today for what the forecasters are saying http://www.t-g.com/story/2350835.html. I see a somewhat bleak forecast but one that could/might change our way of gardening for the better.
1. It might be a great time to try cold weather gardening. It looks as if we will not have to prepare for sustained cold weather but instead short bursts. So if you have always wondered about growing bok choy, kale, brussel sprouts, carrots, etc during the Fall, this might be the season to try.
I find that crops like this grown in cool weather are sweeter, and have MUCH less problems with cabbage looper (caterpillar) flea beetles, etc. You just might like it better than fighting the constant fight with insects in the summer. Mosquitoes, tick, chiggers are usually tucked away as well as most stinging insects.
You might need to bundle up a little, but if it is colder than that, the plants would prefer you leave them alone to stay warm as well.
BUT, (BUT) it is also supposed to be a drier than normal Winter so we need to bolster our soil with moisture saving organic material like compost,leaves, chips, straw, hay, etc. Something we should do anyway, but it does not disappear as quickly from decomposition and will help preserve water in Spring too.
Conserving water may be something we need to get an early jump on anyway, since a dry Winter is going to leave our reservoirs low. We need that water to share with our neighbors and probably should not be pouring it on the soil.
Many of you already know that after seed starting, my gardens usually live, (or die) from rain. This was not the best year, but the extended heat meant I was going to ignore a lot of it anyway, so I guess it was just as well.