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Cold streak in southern California continues, nears record

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It has been one of the longest stretches ever recorded of high temperatures below 70 degrees in Southern California, and people are taking notice.

It was far from a good beach day in Santa Monica on Friday.

"I literally felt like I was going to be blown over into the ocean earlier," said Julie Marshall.

Strong winds and cold temperatures took many tourists out walking by surprise.

"This is a little bit different than what I'm used to," said Alex Sabur of Baltimore. "We are supposed to be warm not cold."


Comment: Also relevant: Global Warming? Los Angeles experiences coldest February in 60 years

Storm breaks 135-year-old rainfall record for downtown Los Angeles


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March records broken because of cold air across US West, Midwest and Plains

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It's only the 6th day of March but records have already been broken because of the cold temperatures across the West, Midwest and Plains!

This cold snap was caused by a blocked jet-stream pattern in the Arctic. That just means an area of high pressure stretching from the Gulf of Alaska to the Canadian Arctic forced the bitter cold air south and into the United States.

Here in Northern Michigan, Houghton Lake set a record low on March 4, 2019 of -11 degrees. This broke the old record of -7 degrees set back in 2016.

Record lows were broken for four different cities in Montana on March 4, 2019. Elk Park saw the coldest temperature with a record breaking low of -46 degrees! Miles City saw -31 degrees, Eureka saw -23 degrees and Livingston saw -27 degrees.

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Ice Age Farmer Report: Food shortages and unrest - Italian olive growers mobilize for "Frost Emergency" - Grand Solar Minimum

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"Tiempo Loco": Argentina's midsummer frost kills crops.

Italian olive production down 57% - growers mobilize as "Orange Vests" to demand government resolve the "frost emergency."

Logistics failures: Jammu/Kashmir growers unable to get product to market after landslides; US shipping stuck in ice.

Banana and Red onion shortages lead to "unprecedentedly high prices."

How to build soil - four approaches.


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Brrr! Lake Superior reaches 91% ice cover

A satellite image of Lake Superior ice cover
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A satellite image of Lake Superior ice cover on March 4, 2019.
And still growing, compared to its 50% average winter cover.

The extreme cold this winter helped cover more than 90 percent of Lake Superior in ice this week. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports ice cover approached levels not seen in four years.

Lake Superior was around 91 percent covered in ice Monday, said Jia Wang, ice climatologist with the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory. Ice cover was only expected to be around average, or about 50 percent, this winter.

"We didn't expect this much ice cover," Wang said.

Last year, maximum ice coverage topped out at 77 percent. Wang noted the polar vortex brought colder temperatures that caused rapid freezing on the lake from late January through February. As of Monday, only the southeastern corner of the lake near Michigan's Upper Peninsula had open water.

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Winter refuses to give in to spring in St Petersburg, Russia

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Snow covered St. Petersburg in just a few hours.

Low visibility and snow-covered roads led to numerous car accidents and led to interruptions in operations at Pulkovo Airport.

On St. Petersburg roads "accidents multiply like mushrooms," users write.

Thanks to Martin Siebert for this link


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Yet another foot of snow in mountains around Lake Tahoe

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Up to another foot (30 centimeters) of snow has fallen in the mountains around Lake Tahoe where nearly 50 feet (15 meters) already has been recorded on the top of some Sierra ski resorts this winter.

A winter weather advisory remains in place until noon Thursday at Tahoe, where another 12 to 18 inches (30 to 46 cm) is possible in the highest elevations and as much as 8 inches (20 cm) below 7,000 feet (2,133 meters).

The National Weather Service says winds gusting to 45 mph (72 kph) are in the lake's forecast, with up to 100 mph (160 kph) over ridgetops.

The service says 12 inches (30 cm) of new snow fell late Tuesday and early Wednesday at the Northstar resort near Truckee, California and 9 inches (23 cm) at Mount Rose on the edge of Reno.


Source: The Associated Press

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Frost severely reduced the production volume of Chinese tangerines

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Tangerine orchards in Changde, Hunan, have suffered three episodes of cold weather and frost since the end of December. Nearly 67 thousand hectares of tangerine orchards were affected. The damage was most severe for the early-season honey mandarin production areas in Shimen, Xiuping, and Mengquan in Hunan.

This is the most severe frost with the widest affected area since the winter of 1976 (-13℃). The cold affected the tangerines, young trees, and even old trees to various degrees.


Data shows that nearly 67 thousand hectares of tangerine orchards in Changde suffered from frost, with the harvest of almost 34 thousand hectares completely lost. The damage is in the tens of millions of dollars.

Source: Changde Bureau of Agriculture

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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Why are temperatures so cold right now?

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A question to be asked is why are temperatures getting colder in the spring for the 3rd year in a row resulting in crop losses after an early warm February? This was not predicted with Global Warming, winters were supposed to be milder and shorter as CO2 warmed the planet, but we get the opposite, so there must be an alternative explanation. I feel it is the intensifying Grand Solar Minimum.

Record cold, record snow, 30F below normal as we pass into the second week of March is not normal. Fruit and flowers already started to bud and now the superfreeze 3.0 in North America will decimate growers as we have seen for the third year in a row. when will the corporate media begin to ask tough questions as why this falls outside CO2 predictions for the climate?


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Italy sees 57% drop in olive harvest - The worst in 25 years

Olive trees in Italy infected by the xylella fastidiosa bacterium
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Olive trees in Italy infected by the xylella fastidiosa bacterium.


Extreme weather blamed for plunge in country's olive harvest - the worst in 25 years - that could leave the country dependent on imports by April


Extreme weather events have been the "main driver" of an olive harvest collapse that could leave Italy dependent on imports from April, a leading climate scientist has warned.

A 57% plunge in the country's olive harvest - the worst in 25 years - sparked protests by thousands of Italian farmers wearing gilet arancioni - orange vests - in Rome earlier this month.

Olive trees across the Mediterranean have been hit by freak events that mirror climate change predictions - erratic rainfalls, early spring frosts, strong winds and summer droughts.

Prof Riccardo Valentini, a director of the Euro-Mediterranean Center for climate change, said: "There are clear observational patterns that point to these types of weather extremes as the main drivers of [lower] food productivity."

He added: "Freezing temperatures in the Mediterranean are anomalous for us. In any direction the extremes are important and indeed, they are predicted by climate change scenarios."

Several reports by the UN intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) "all point to these climatic extremes as one of the major impacts of climate change", he said. "We know there will be more extremes and anomalies in the future."


Comment: This must read provides some crucial context for the drive behind the IPCC:

The Dark Story Behind 'Man-Made Global Warming', Those Who Created it - And Why


Comment: Crop and cattle losses are on the rise everywhere, whether it is due to extensive drought, massive hail, epic flooding, unexpected frosts, and even epidemics. See also:


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Record cold, unprecedented temperatures for early March in Denver, Colorado

A view of the Denver metro area Monday morning
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A view of the Denver metro area Monday morning
The Front Range has experienced frigid temperatures never before observed in early March. On Sunday, Denver's official thermometer at Denver International Airport never climbed higher than 6 degrees. That shattered the previous record for the "coldest maximum" temperature on March 3 which was 14 degrees set in 1978.

In other words, it had never stayed so cold on March 3 in Denver.

Then on Monday at 3:28 a.m., DIA dropped to -5 degrees which was enough for another record. This time is was the the coldest temperature ever recorded on March 4. The previous record was -3 degrees also set in 1978.