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by Carole Schwalm An outdoor photograph of a rose plant with frozen water crystals.

What is wind chill: wind chill is how cold the air feels outside, based on wind speed plus current temperature. While it may be 40 degrees F, with a stronger wind it can feel like it is 32° F or even colder.

Wind chill doesn’t bother plants, because they respond to ambient air temperature rather than how the weather feels to them. In this light, 40 is 40.

A twig from a tree covered in ice. NOAA has wind chill information, just in case your local weather report didn’t give it to you. Visit the National Weather Service. There you will find the NWS wind chill index. This is information for you, since your plant doesn’t need it: It actually calculates how it feels in your face.

Note according to the site: Windchill Temperature is only defined for temperatures at or below 50° F and wind speeds above 3 mph. Bright sunshine may increase the wind chill temperature by 10° to 18° F.

Share your wind chill experience or if you'd like more information.