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Severe Spring frosts destroy crops across Europe

Poland frosts
A brutal and extensive swathe of sub-zero temperatures has engulfed much of Europe, ravaging farmers' fields throughout Northern Italy, much of Poland, and the Ukraine.

Italian farmers' group Coldiretti issued a report on March 24, revealing a "difficult situation" throughout a significant part of the Italian peninsula, with frost-damage recorded from Lombardy to Emilia Romagna and from Veneto to Puglia.

Temperatures as low as -6C (21.2F) were recorded in Emilia Romagna.

As reported by iegvu.agribusinessintelligence.informa.com, the Coldiretti statement identified that apple, pear, peach, apricot, and almond trees had begun flowering, while cherry and plum trees were now also in bloom, and that these frosts have already destroyed many a harvest.

Massimo Franchini, a peach and apricot producer from Casal Fiumanese, reported as well that there is nothing left of his plantation. "I do not know how long it lasted, but enough to damage every single fruit."

"I believe it will be difficult for producers to honor payments this year, as we will have no income," he stated.

The Coldiretti report continued, adding that the damage is also seen in artichoke to asparagus fields, from beets to chicory, and also to peas.


Out-of-season snow falls in Tokyo, Japan

Out-of-season snow fell in Tokyo and surrounding areas on Sunday, with the weather agency warning of icy road surfaces.

As cold air gripped the Kanto-Koshin region, including the Tokyo metropolitan area and the prefectures of Yamanashi and Nagano, the temperature dropped below 1 C in Tokyo in the morning, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.


8 inches of overnight rainfall brings flash flooding to Kauai, Hawaii

Flooding at the Kauai Beach Resort Saturday morning.
© Hawaii News Now
Flooding at the Kauai Beach Resort Saturday morning.
Roughly 20 Kauai residents took shelter at Kapaa Middle School after a night of torrential rain.

Kauai was under a flash flood warning since the early hours Saturday.

Residents woke to severe flooding around the island. Debris clogged the mouth of the Wailua river on Kauai's east side as crews briefly shut down Kuhio Highway in the area. It has since reopened, but other routes remain closed.

Those that remain shut down include the Hanalei Bridge and the southern end of the Kapaa Bypass Road.

The residents in the American Red Cross shelter were evacuated by first responders from their Wailua homes after flooding posed a threat to their property and safety.


Elderly woman dies in attack by 3 dogs in New South Wales, Australia

One of the Bullmastiff crosses that attacked and killed an elderly woman at a Jervis Bay beach is pictured with young children

One of the Bullmastiff crosses that attacked and killed an elderly woman at a Jervis Bay beach is pictured with young children
The owner of three dogs who mauled a 91-year-old woman to death and injured four other people on the NSW South Coast has spoken of his shock, saying he "never thought in my wildest dreams" the animals would attack.

Adam Newbold sobbed as he told Nine News he had owned the dogs for seven years, referring to one of the animals as his "best mate". Mr Newbold said the dogs appeared to have "busted out the bottom of the fence" on Sunday.

The incident occurred at Collingwood Beach at Vincentia on Sunday morning, with the five people suffering cuts and bite marks.

The elderly woman died at the scene while the other four people were taken to hospital in a stable condition.


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Is global food rationing here?

Food hoarding
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Signs flashing across the planet that price controls, domestic stockpiling and rationing are beginning. We can look at a 1570 map to see lakes and rivers in N. Africa which is a possible place to move a new grow zone and begin grain crop roll-outs.


Arkansas tornado doubles in size in seconds, tears through city

Arkansas tornado
© YouTube/FOBOS PLANET (screen capture)
A tornado ripped through Jonesboro, Arkansas on Saturday afternoon, triggering a citywide curfew after powerful winds overturned cars and demolished buildings, according to local NBC affiliate KAIT.

The National Guard is being deployed to help secure the area, the outlet reported. In addition to ravaging several homes and businesses, the storm caused a gas leak in east Jonesboro and partially destroyed a local mall. Many businesses were already closed or empty in response to the covid-19 outbreak, though no statewide stay-at-home order has been issued.

Local authorities are currently conducting search and rescue efforts, the city's E-911 Director Jeff Presley told KAIT, and Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin issued a citywide curfew beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

Arrow Down

Sinkhole opens up to swallow Ecuador's tallest waterfall

August 4, 2014 - March 13, 2020

August 4, 2014 - March 13, 2020
Surrounded by lush vegetation and rare butterflies, the San Rafael Waterfall was one of the most captivating landscapes in Ecuador. With water dropping 150 meters (490 feet), the river and falls cut through a thick patch of cloud forest at the intersection of the Andes Mountains and the Amazon Basin. As the country's tallest waterfall, it attracted tens of thousands of visitors per year.

But now, the cascade has disappeared. It stopped flowing on February 2, 2020. The images above show the falls and the surrounding river basin while water still flowed on August 4, 2014 (left) and after it stopped on March 15, 2020 (right). These images were acquired by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8. The image below shows a photograph of the falls on November 28, 2012.


Sandstorms in Saudi Arabia and Qatar

Storms of dust hit Al Qaisumah in Saudi Arabia and Qatar in the Middle East.


Comment: Kuwait was similarly hit:
A heavy sandstorm hit Kuwait on Saturday.
© Asad/Xinhua
Photo taken on March 28, 2020 shows the buildings shrouded in heavy dust in Kuwait City, Kuwait. A heavy sandstorm hit Kuwait on Saturday.


Up to 2 feet of fresh snow blankets high regions of Himachal Pradesh, India

Snow Blankets High Himachal

Snow blankets high Himachal
Snow on Friday blanketed high regions in Himachal Pradeshincluding many parts of China bordering Lahaul-Spiti and Kinnaur, said Manmohan Singh IMD Shimla here today.

Kaza in Spiti is one and an half foot deep in snow, Chitkul has one foot, followed by Kalpa with four inches in Kinnaur district.

Keylong, the administrative headquarter of Lahaul-Spiti, is covered by six inches of snow and the tourist place Koksar has accumulated two feet of snow today.

Many high altitude places in Chamba, Shimla, Sirmour, Mandi, Kangra and Kullu have experienced heavy to mild snow, sending temperature plummeting across the state.


17 inches of new snow in spring hits Yosemite National Park

Gate closed at Tioga Pass on March 20, 2020.

Gate closed at Tioga Pass
New snow: 17 inches

Total settled snow depth: 35 inches (at 8,600 feet)

High temperature: 37°F (March 19)

Low temperature: -5°F (March 19)

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