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cold snap

A short period of cold temperatures. It was finally beginning to get warm outside when we were hit with a cold snap that damaged my newly blossoming tulips.
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cold snap

Also, cold spell. A short period of unusually cold weather, as in The recent cold snap has threatened the crop. The first expression presumably likens snap in the sense of "a sudden bite or cut" to sudden unexpected cold. The variant is more obvious, spell having been used in the sense of "a bout or turn at something" since the early 1700s. [Early 1800s]
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Different approaches were used to assess the effect of cold spell on mortality, but all the effect estimates could be converted to mortality rate ratios.
A dry cold spell has prevailed throughout much of the first two months of this year, hurting cereals plants and damaged 78 percent of 18,000 hectares covered by sugar cane, Ouayach said.
If you're new to greenhouse gardening, invest in a thermometer and avoid overheating the glasshouse, but also make sure you take the greatest care to avoid the flowers becoming frosted if there's a late cold spell.
The cold spell is expected to last until Tuesday, which will be the chilliest day.
The impact of these two changes could bring a cold spell to Europe.
But while conservationists at the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) feared the trend would continue this month, the latest figures suggest barn owls which made it through the cold spell have been able to find food again.
If you ask us, Sarasota's official mascot should be the lizard; even last winter's record-breaking cold spell didn't seem to make a dent in the local population, which scurries around our yards--and often inside our homes as well.
So far, at least 100 people have died in the worst cold spell in 46 years,.
Rather, the recent cold spell is responsible for the stretches of dead and dying Japanese knotweed near the region's highways, main streets and back roads, according to Glenn E.
Plunging temperatures and heavy snow are set to return to the region over the coming days, with the deadly cold spell expected to last until April.
Smith revealed: "We've not missed a training session since we hit this cold spell.
Compared with such a stretch, the current cold spell really doesn't hold a candle.
CATTERICK will be back in action next Tuesday after the end of the cold spell which led to meetings being called off.
The entire northern part of the Kingdom can expect a severe cold spell during the next few days.
Yes, there's nothing like a cold spell to make your nuts shrivel.