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First time in its 68 year history: California's Squaw Valley ski resort to stay open past July 4th

© Abe Bingham
Squaw Valley's season to remember is about to get even longer reports The Tahoe Weekly. In the recently published article, Squaw says it will keep running its Shirley lift for skiers and riders past July 4th for the first time in the resort's 68 year-long history. As of today, Squaw Valley has seen 714″ of snow and their base is a whopping 232″ DEEP.

The Shirley Lift access mostly northwestern facing slopes that have the ability to stick around through the mid-summer months. The weekly operational schedule will be shortened to weekends only starting in June and past July 4th, the ski area will stick to weekend operations with the Shirley chair becoming the sole lift option. Shirley will be accessible for 2017/2018 pass holders as well as those purchasing single day tickets. A closing date is still TBA but as Squaw Valley CEO Andy Wirth previously said, "I'm actually considering staying open through the summer and fall so it becomes the 16/17/18 season."

Shirley's northwest orientation will help that cause but only time will tell if Mr Wirth's dream is actually feasible.

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SOTT Earth Changes Summary - April 2017: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

Planetary environmental chaos continued unabated this April.

After Peru was inundated in March, Columbia was next in line for massive rainfall and flooding which provoked deadly landslides in the city of Mocoa. Major flooding and landslides also hit India, Indonesia, the USA and China, while

Wildfires once again struck the US state of Florida while very late snow saw many European nations blanketed, with many crops destroyed.

Meteor/fireballs were also spotted from one end of the planet to the other and a comet made a special appearance.

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Britain: Upcoming little ice age predicates River Thames freezes over by 2019, could kill millions

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The freezing over of the River Thames, London, 1895
A global cool down will "march in with vengeance" to usher in a 100-year mini-ice age that could freeze over the River Thames, climate scientists told Daily Star Online.

Experts told Daily Star Online planet Earth is on course for a "Little Age Ice" within the next three years thanks to a cocktail of climate change and low solar activity. Research shows a natural cooling cycle that occurs every 230 years began in 2014 and will send temperatures plummeting even further by 2019.

Scientists are also expecting a "huge reduction" in solar activity for 33 years between 2020 and 2053 that will cause thermometers to crash. Both cycles suggest Earth is entering a global cooling cycle that could have devastating consequences for global economy, human life and society as we know it.

If predictions of the world-wide big freeze come true, the plot to 2004 film "The Day After Tomorrow" would not be far from reality during winter. Millions of lives would be at risk of prolonged blackouts, food and electricity shortages and cold-related health problems.

Comment: The lead argument has evidential and historical validity and its predictions are prudent. Notably the final conclusion, of both the Met Office and Potsdam Institute on Climate Change Research, substantiates, qualifies and quantifies the results according to an unshakable belief in a proven-to-be bogus premise. However, when you factor in the increases in cosmic dust, volcanic dust, earthquake activity, weather pattern changes combined with a long-lasting solar minimum...it is complete idiocy to think all of these are not related, nor will have significant impact on the temperature and climate of Earth.


Late snowstorm hits California mountains

Lake Arrowhead
An unusual spring storm delivered a blast of winter weather to many parts of the Southland late Saturday and early Sunday morning, including snow to higher elevation areas.

A steady rain fell overnight Saturday from downtown Los Angeles all the way to the Grapevine, which winds through the San Gabriel and Tehachapi mountains. Temperatures in the Grapevine flirted with freezing and conditions were slick along Interstate 5. However, the freeway remained open and there were no major accidents.

Meanwhile, several inches of snow fell in the San Bernardino Mountain area of Lake Arrowhead. Caltrans was requiring chains for drivers on State Route 18, from Heaps Peak Dump to Big Bear Dam.

Snowflake Cold

Vineyards in France suffer at least €1 billion in damage after Spring freeze; the biggest disaster in a quarter century say vintners

© Christian Hartmann / Reuters
Workers and wine growers light heaters early in the morning, to protect vineyards from frost damage outside Chablis, France
Spring frost has ravaged production in some of France's most famous winemaking regions, including Champagne, Bordeaux, and Burgundy, causing at least €1 billion in damage in what vintners call the biggest disaster in a quarter century.

Temperatures plunged below freezing in late April, hurting shoots already well-developed because of earlier mild weather.

Winegrowers have used candles, heaters and even the down-draft from helicopters to try to save crops.

"It's a frost like we haven't seen since 1991," Paul-Francois Vranken, chief executive officer of Vranken-Pommery Monopole told Bloomberg, adding that winemakers "are worried."

April's frost damage spread across Europe's wine-producing regions, but France was worst affected.

According to the Bordeaux wine federation FGVB, frost affected as much as 60 percent of the Bordeaux wine-growing areas and will cut the volume of the 2017 vintage by as much as 40 percent. Some Bordeaux chateaus say they lost almost everything.

Comment: Other crop losses across the world due to cold & Mini Ice Age climate intensification

Snowflake Cold

Toronto headed for one of the most prolonged cold periods in over 40 years

© The Weather Network
The month of May begins on an unseasonable note for southern Ontario, with an extended stretch of below-seasonal temperatures in the region's forecast.

Much of the south of the province is also in line for a prolonged rainfall event, with parts of the southwest expected to see rainfall totals surpass 100 mm in some areas.

But that system will be accompanied by a cold snap. And by "cold snap," we not only mean single-digit daytime highs, there's also a fair chance many people in southern Ontario are likely to see a few snowflakes in their forecast by Sunday.

"The cold snap, which is expected to last five days, will be one of the most significant spans of cold weather Toronto has seen in May," The Weather Network meteorologist Tyler Hamilton says.

"The record for the most single-digit days in a row in May is five, and that was back in May of 1974," Hamilton adds. "Currently, we're forecast to get five days of single digits, making it one of the most prolonged cold periods in history."

Snowflake Cold

2017 cooler globally 0.44C than in 2016: Mini Ice Age 2015-2035

April temperatures for 2017 are out and the definitively show 2017 global temperatures are 0.44C cooler than 2016. What happened to the projections of warming to infinity year upon year getting warmer?

Global 2 Meter shows the same.



Beef prices soar from Mini Ice Age wheat losses in America

Beef prices gain most on record in a single session, this follows on record gain on wheat two days ago as a late season mini ice age blizzard destroyed a large portion of wheat across the USA. The assessment of damage of wheat called the "Kansas Wheat Tour" is now including Oklahoma as wiped out crop areas as well. The observers and agronomists plus government officials are bogged down by drifting snow and still area unable to even get to 100 sq miles of fields yet.


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Thousands of cattle killed by spring snow storm in Colorado

© Gary Melcher
A storm that hit southeastern Colorado killed many cattle.
KUSA - The storm system that brought snow to the metro area over the weekend devastated parts of southeastern Colorado.

Farmers and ranchers in Baca and Prowers counties have lost cattle and countless crops due to the spring snow. The Colorado Farm bureau estimates the cattle deaths are into the thousands.

"Everybody is still out just trying to take care of what is alive," said farmer Gary Melcher. "They haven't had a chance to really analyze what the true loss is yet."

Even though the storm has passed ranchers are still trying to find animals that are still alive. Many of them were lost after fences collapsed under the weight of snow. Some of them are stuck, barely able to move through all that snow.

Snowflake Cold

Other crop losses across the world due to cold & Mini Ice Age climate intensification

Frost damage
With the massive losses of at least 32% of US Winter wheat over the first week of May 2017, there are other agriculture losses mounting in regional areas, that when seen combined will add to the overall larger picture. Doubling avocado prices, lemon shortages, massive fruit losses across Europe, vineyards up to 50% loss. The mini ice age crop losses are beginning.


Comment: U.S. loses 30% of its wheat crop, first Mini Ice Age grain crop damage, global prices up