January is historically one of our driest months. So far this one is no exception. The current drought maps and El Niño predictions are being confirmed by our present soil moisture levels. Watering landscapes and gardens now can be as important as watering during the heat of summer. With extra-dry soils, roots can begin to lose hair roots, which are important to the absorption of nutrients and water.
The recent really cold weather may have played havoc on some of our plants, but waiting until spring and summer may be the only way to know for sure. No use fretting because there is nothing you can do now to improve survival or lessen the damage. The temperatures were not much below our average low of 15 degrees for the coldest days of winter. The kicker is the duration of the temperatures below freezing. We went quite a few consecutive hours below 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
Winter is officially here, and so far it hasn’t been brutally cold in the south. Our typical winter is sprinkled with cold spells followed with warm days like our recent 75 degree day in mid-December. Plants have been well-conditioned for their current winter rest, which is essential for many woody plants. Winter weeds, spring blooming wildflowers such as bluebonnets and grasses such as wheat, oats and rye grow during winter.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".