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Definition of freeze

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Definition as written by Terry:

A freeze occurs when the surface temperature around a plant and the air temperatures are 32 Fahrenheit or lower.

In the United States, an advective freeze or wind-borne freeze occurs when an invasion of a large, cold air mass from the Arctic or Canada moves in. Clouds are typically present during a freeze, and the air is usually fairly dry. Such a freeze may be also be called a hard freeze or killing freeze - as opposed to a light frost or hard frost

Definition as written by lv:

Freeze Temperatures Defined

The classification of freeze temperatures is usually based on their effect on plants, with the following commonly accepted categories:

Light freeze:
29 degrees F to 32 degrees F
Tender plants killed, with little destructive effect on other vegetation

Moderate freeze:
25 degrees F to 28 degrees F
Widely destructive effect on most vegetation, with heavy damage to fruit blossoms and tender and semihardy plants

Severe freeze:
24 degrees F and colder
Damage to most plants

Definition as written by Resin:

A freeze is defined as temperatures below 0 Celsius

Definition as written by JaxFlaGardener:

Add to the definition by Terry, above: An advective freeze generally has wind speeds above 5 MPH and a cold air mass that extends 500 ft to 5000 ft above ground level.

Compare and contrast with the definition of frost

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