New USDA map for warmer 21st century. I've always been a 6b...now 7a. Interesting!
Yeah, that's kind of wonky. It shows my area only getting minimum temperatures or 5 to 10F. That's the typical extreme, but we get those years when it gets down to 0 and everything marginal dies. Nope, I still won't plant anything that can't take a 0'F night.
Hot peppers are easier to grow than sweet. Good luck!
There's a cold snap in Europe right now - there is snow on the ground in Corsica, in southern France, and around the Colosseum in Rome. There's a photo on CNN of a fountain frozen still in Lyon. Romania had temperatures of -34C (-29F) and the sea waterfront froze solid on Black Sea in Constanza. Crazy! I guess it's one of those once-in-a-few-decades thing. (Although the article went on and on about the cold temperatures in Ukraine, I was under the impression that Ukraine has cold winters normally anyways.)