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Frosts will not stop in Italy - 100% damage to some fruit crops

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The wave of night frosts that are affecting much of Italy goes on. In the north, the situation has reached an unprecedented level, with 8 hours below zero on the night of April 2 and minimum peaks of -6 °C. Even the anti-frost systems are struggling, because protecting an orchard with 5 °C below zero is not easy.

After three sleepless nights operating the anti-frost system, Davide Vernocchi, president of Apo Conerpo, is dispirited: "With these temperatures, this defense system is in crisis. We are talking about 5, 6 degrees below zero in some areas of the province of Ravenna. Apricots, peaches, plums, kiwis: in some cases, the damage is of 100%. There will be less work for everyone. Nature has cruelly solved one of our great concerns: the lack of manpower. Paradoxically, several farmers in the next few months will have to go looking for work somewhere else".

Comment: Severe Spring frosts destroy crops across Europe


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4 FEET of spring snow smothers Mammoth Mountain in California

Heavy snow buries empty ski resort

Heavy snow buries empty ski resort
The resort is closed, but the heavy snowfall is good news for the snowpack. Suzanne Marques reports.


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Spring snowstorm hammers Kazakhstan

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Last night, snow fell in several areas of Kazakhstan, including Aktobe region and some districts of West Kazakhstan region. Meanwhile, a powerful snowstorm hit Kostanai region.

According to the press service of KazAutoZhol national company, the movement on six road sections with a length of 942 kilometers in the region were restricted due to the bad weather conditions. Residents were recommended to stay home.

People post videos of snow and snowdrifts on social media. Meantime, small snow starts falling in Nur-Sultan.


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Norway breaks snowfall records: "I have never experienced so much snow in one day," says Tromsø meteorologist

Northern Norway record snow


Northern Norway was practically buried by heavy snow over the weekend, and it's been that way all season, according to state meteorologist Eirik Samuelsen.


While fine (but cold) weather was enjoyed in the south this past weekend, the north suffered a rather different story — official snow measurements in the northern municipality of Tromsø saw 30 cm (12 inches) settling on Sunday alone.

But there were large local differences, points out Samuelsen: "Here where I live, on Kvaløya, it came in more than that. And in Breivikeidet, Tromsø it came to 47 inches [almost 4 feet] of new snow from Sunday to Monday.

"I have never experienced so much snow in one day," says Samuelsen.

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Spring snow hits parts of Armenia

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Roads in Armenia are mostly open to traffic as of 9am Tuesday, April 7, the Ministry of Emergency Situations reported.

The roadways leading to Amberd Fortress and Lake Kari of Aragatsotn Province are closed for an indefinite period of time.

Snowfalls are reported in Syunik Province, the towns of Gavar, Martuni, Chambarak (Gegharkunik Province), Tashir (Lori Province), Jermuk (Vayots Dzor Province) as well as in Dilijan serpentine and Saravan-Zanger section.

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Spring blizzard slams Iceland - almost 5 FEET of snow in a day buries cars, residents dig themselves out of houses

Selfoss, Southwest Iceland, yesterday.
© Sigmundur Sigurgeirsson
Selfoss, Southwest Iceland, yesterday.
Severe weather hit every part of the country over the weekend, with the exception of the capital area, Morgunblaðið reports.

In the West Fjords, the Icelandic Coast Guard ship Þór was on stand-by in Ísafjarðardjúp fjord, where the wind speed reached 50-60 knots, and visibility was next to none.

"We are ready, should we be needed," Captain Halldór B. Nellett told Morgunblaðið yesterday. "For the past few days, roads have been impassable, and all flights have been canceled to this area. The only passable route is by ship. "

On Saturday, Þór sailed to Ísafjörður to pick up coronavirus samples, which it transported to Arngerðareyri - at the innermost part of Ísafjarðardjúp fjord. There, the ship sailed as close to the shore as possible, where some crew members went by boat the last stretch to shore. On the dock, rescue workers awaited them and received the samples, which were subsequently transported to Reykjavík for analysis.


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Extreme weather & disease: The fight to save Europe's olive trees

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The discovery of Xyella fastidiosa in European olive trees in 2013 caught European researchers off-guard.
A plant disease spread by sap-sucking insects has been devastating olive and fruit orchards across southern Europe, but scientists are inching closer to halting its spread with the help of insect repelling clays, vegetative barriers and genetic analysis.

In the late summer harvest of 2013, olive farmers in the Puglia region of southern Italy noticed that the leaves on several of their trees were turning brown and their shoots withering. The problem spread from one orchard to another, as more olive farmers found their trees were drying out and beginning to die.

Genetic testing confirmed them to be infected with Xyella fastidiosa, a bacteria originally found in America. Soon outbreaks appeared throughout the Mediterranean, even briefly as far north as Germany in 2016.

Comment: Erratic seasons and extreme weather are devastating crops all over the planet, and at the same time we're seeing outbreaks of all kinds.

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Spring storm dumps 3 FEET of snow on the Sierra

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A pair of Spring storm fronts swept through the Sierra over the weekend and on Monday morning, forcing travelers to use chains on mountain passes on I-80 and Highway 50 and blanketing the region with as much as 3 feet of new snow at the higher elevations.

What would have been a late season boost to the Tahoe area ski industry has been transformed into a "what if" moment as resorts from Squaw Valley to Heavenly Valley have been shuttered for the season since late March because of the current coronavirus outbreak and social distancing requirements.

A winter weather advisory expires at noon Monday for Tahoe where 13 inches of snow fell at Incline Village. Mammoth Mountain ski resort reported 35 inches.



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Blanket of snow continues to cover large parts of mainland Greece - foot of snowfall in just a few hours

Snow in Agios Pavlos (Saint Paul) village in Naoussa, Central Macedonia.

Snow in Agios Pavlos (Saint Paul) village in Naoussa, Central Macedonia.
Many parts of northern and central Greece remain covered by a thick white blanket of snow, a highly unusual occurrence in April.

This rare spring snow that arrived in Greece several days ago, continues to surprise those living in the northern parts of the mainland of the country.

Instead of flowers and bees, millions of Greeks continue to see snow-covered mountains reminiscent of Christmas.

On Saturday, the more mountainous parts of Evrytania and Phthiotis in Western Greece, as well as areas in Thessaly, received heavy snowfall.


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Early snowfall for 3 states in Australia

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Australia in huge Snow April 2020!