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Drought, snow, freeze further damaging U.S. wheat

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An ag economist says his concerns of tight wheat ending stocks are getting worse with more adverse weather in parts of the Western Plains and Western Cornbelt.

The University of Missouri's Ben Brown said freezing temperatures early this morning in states like Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska give farmers a reason to worry.

"Well, we don't want freeze warnings when the wheat is coming out dormancy...," he said. "This morning would've been something that would've caused some panic."

Brown said the freeze might have knocked out some early planted soybeans too.



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New snow totals for record-breaking Upstate NY storm: One spot got 18 inches (chart)

Snow and ice cover Apple Blossom bud at Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards Tuesday, April 19, 2022.

Snow and ice cover Apple Blossom bud at Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards Tuesday, April 19, 2022.
Well, that was a whopper of a storm, let alone one in late April.

The most snow -- 18 inches -- fell in the southern Cortland County town of Virgil. In second place, with 16.3 inches, was another Central New York spot: the village of Erieville, in Madison County.

Hilltops and mountains collected the most snow because they stayed colder longer than the valleys, so more of the storm's moisture fell as snow and less as rain. Virgil sits at 1,424 feet above sea level; Erieville is 1,499 feet.

Two records were set in Binghamton: The highest snowfall total on April 19, with 11 inches. The old record was 6.9 inches. The total snowfall, which started Monday night, also broke the two-day snowfall record for April.


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April nor'easter drops up to 14 inches of snow, knocks power out for over 240,000 customers in New York and Pennsylvania

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A spring nor'easter has already dropped at least a foot of snow on parts of New York and Pennsylvania, leading to power outages and the closure of businesses and schools.

More than 240,000 customers were without power in the Northeast Tuesday morning. New York had the most outages at more than 160,000, while Pennsylvania had more than 50,000, according to PowerOutage.us.

Piseco, in upstate New York, had seen the most snowfall by Tuesday morning, with 14 inches on the ground. Broome County to the south got just nearly a foot and implemented a travel ban.

The heavy, wet snow was falling at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour across upstate New York.


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Blanket of snow on Easter Sunday on the summits of Hawaiʻi island

image of the snow from W.M. Keck Observatory webcam on Maunakea

Image of the snow from W.M. Keck Observatory webcam on Maunakea
Saturday's heavy rain left a thin blanket of snow on the summits of Hawaiʻi island on Sunday morning.

Webcams set above the 13,000 ft. level of Maunakea captured a coating of white, and also appeared to show a snow-capped Mauna Loa in the background.

The access road to the summit of Maunakea is closed to the public at the Visitor Information Station, rangers say.

Snow can occur at the summit of Maunakea at any time of year, although it most commonly occurs during the winter months.

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Spring snow blankets California's Sierra Nevada Mountains - 100 centimeters (39.4 inches) of snowfall in 7 days

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More than 100 centimeters of snow fell in a week in California's Sierra Nevada mountains after another late-season snowfall, UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab said on Saturday, April 16.

The UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab said 19 centimeters (7.5 inches) of snow fell overnight into Saturday morning, for a total of 100 centimeters (39.4 inches) in the seven days leading to April 16.

Video from outside the lab posted on April 16 shows heavy snow falling on top of accumulated snow from the previous days. More snow was expected in the coming week, the lab said.


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Whither spring? Saskatchewan and Manitoba start digging out after record dump of snow - Nearly 3 FEET in a single day

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The past two days in southeastern Saskatchewan and Manitoba have brought on a once-in-a-lifetime April blizzard.

According to Environment Canada, only twice since 1902 has Saskatchewan received this much snow in April within a 72-hour time period.

Snowblowers and shovelling could not keep up with the 20-40 cm of snow dropping in just the past 24 hours.

Estevan received the most snow with 40 cm of the white stuff falling on that town.


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Heavy spring snow hits Inner Mongolia, China - one foot deep

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A heavy snow hit north China's Greater Khingan Mountains from Saturday night, having helped alleviate drought.


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Snow totals top 40 inches as April blizzard blasts northern U.S. - 10 feet deep snow drifts reported

Snow drifts on a farm in Hannaford, North Dakota, were estimated to be about 11 feet high, according to Justin Campbell, who runs a soybean and wheat farm in the area.
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Snow drifts on a farm in Hannaford, North Dakota, were estimated to be about 11 feet high, according to Justin Campbell, who runs a soybean and wheat farm in the area.

Hundreds of miles of roads were shut down, ranchers and their animals faced brutal conditions — and will see more tough weather ahead.

Meanwhile, snowdrifts in some spots were estimated to be higher than 10 feet in some places.

Sheep managed to find higher ground from being buried by a snowdrift on April 12 in Molt, Montana.

These sheep are built for snow but not for wind. All sheep are alive and accounted for.

The sun was out and shining Wednesday morning in Molt, Montana — a stark contrast to the blizzard conditions that had kept Sara Hollenbeck busy on her ranch, working to keep the wind and snow from burying her sheep.


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30 inches of spring snow in 48 hours, insane (6 feet deep) drifts blanket North Dakota

It's the strongest blizzard to hit North Dakota in 25 years.

It's the strongest blizzard to hit North Dakota in 25 years.
The strongest blizzard to hit North Dakota in 25 years continues to cause significant travel issues Thursday as winds behind the snow whip around the 2+ feet of snow that piled up in many areas of western and central North Dakota over the previous 48 hours.

"As the snowfall begins to decline, the wind will be our big challenge for today. The crews are out and appreciate your patience while they work against it to get the roads cleared," the North Dakota Department of Transportation said Thursday morning.

"Oversize travel is not looking good today. Let's give those snow plow drivers space to get their work done. Hoping to see a nice clean map tomorrow."


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April storm dumps 6 FEET of snow in 5 days on Mt. Hood in Oregon

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Not only did this April storm take many by surprise in the Portland metro area, but it also dumped several feet of snow on Mt. Hood.

Ski resorts are seeing some of the best late season conditions on record.

Mt. Hood Meadows got more than six feet of snow in just five days.

"To have over a foot of snow, over a foot of snow, and our temperatures have been in the teens which means that it's just constantly building and building. People are just loving the powder," Dave Tragethon, VP of Sales & Marketing at Mt. Hood Meadows said. "We're seeing a turn out that is probably three times the amount that we'd normally see in the middle of the week because the powder is bringing out everyone to enjoy it -- it's great for us."