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Re: Re: New USDA Zone Map

Well, Daryl, if that isn't the largest pile of drivel I've read in an
age, disguised as a rationale for changing what was one of the more
useful aspects of the old map.  PR-speak; governmentease; blather.  I
think you're right, "somebody" does want to see his name in print:-) 

Thanks for posting it; I had not been to the AHS site to find it.

Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
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> From: Daryl <pulis@mindspring.com>
> > It is a pity that the new map is based on less data and has
> > the a/b designations.  Wonder just what the rationale is behind
> >  Or is there any?
> Marge,
> To quote from the AHS website:
> "The "a" and "b" intra-zone divisions used on the 1990 map have
> dropped, so each zone is broader and easier to follow as your eye
> westward and the mountains make climatic gradients more complex.
West of the
> Rocky Mountains, more discrete, rounded divisions have replaced the
> tangle of zones that marked the 1990 map. "
> Now how that benefits any of the rest of us, I don't know.
> Personally, I think it's just somebody wanting to get his name in
> again.
> Daryl

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