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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Electric skies & more crop losses due to cold

snow on apples
Massive cold front from Canada to Mexico first week of November 2018, with colliding hot and cold air masses, electrical activity in Earths atmosphere, red sprites, roll clouds and a push of 25F below normal temperatures to the Gulf of Mexico. Cattle rustling in South Africa as crop production dwindles due to land confiscation. Cold weather crop losses in India, Peru, USA.

Comment: Crop and cattle losses are increasing everywhere, whether it is due to extensive drought, massive hail, epic flooding, unexpected frosts, and even epidemics. See also: Erratic seasons and extreme weather devastating crops around the world

Apple Red

Early snow damages apple harvest, packaging in Kashmir - Locals say heaviest snowfall for 40 years (UPDATE)

snow on apples
In Central Kashmir, Budgam fruit growers have been complaining of losses to both produce as well as to the apple plants.

The early snowfall in Kashmir has wreaked havoc on orchards in Valley as around 20 to 30 percent of the apple harvest is yet to be plucked from plants or is lying in the orchards waiting for packaging.

"20 to 30 percent of the apple production is still lying on plants. Fruit growers were waiting to supply it in this week due to upcoming Diwali festival. However, heavy snowfall has put in peril estimated Rs 1000 crore worth fruits across Kashmir. As post snow, we don't how much would be the extent of damage," said Chairman Kashmir Valley Fruit Growers Association, Bashir Ahmad Basheer.

Comment: Update: News18 on the 5th of November carries this additional information by The Press Trust of India news agency:
Record-breaking snowfall has thrown life out of gear in Doda and adjoining districts in Chenab Valley with farmers and orchardists fearing huge financial losses.

The local meteorological department has figures for only 20 years after its establishment and such a heavy snowfall in the first week of November had happened for the first time in the past two decades, meteorologist Ramesh Sharma said.

Locals claim such a heavy snowfall has happened in the areas after more than four decades, catching them unprepared for the ensuing winter.

The snowfall in the inhabited areas, ranging from three inches to over three feet, was recorded in different areas of the district, forcing closure of Bhadarwah-Basohli highway, Kishtwar-Sinthan Top road and Bhadarwah-Chamba interstate road while many far-flung areas got cut-off, officials said.

Ice Cube

Moroccans mourn death of shepherd found stuck in snow

snow death
Citizens in Bouiblane mountain, in the Middle Atlas in Taza (northern Morocco), found a frozen dead body of a Moroccan shepherd who was missing for nearly a week.

A week after his disappearance, a group of inhabitants in the region of Taza found the body of Hamid Baali buried in the snow.

A video has gone viral on social media that shows the shepherd dead, frozen, and covered in snow.

The shepherd had gone to the mountain to save his flock from the snowstorm. Citizens who noticed Baali's absence called the authorities to search for the shepherd.

Comet 2

Czech Mate - Confirmation of the Younger Dryas impact event

Gunther Kleteschka
© The Cosmic Tusk
See another blockbuster confirmation of the Younger Dryas cosmic impact below. I keep a pretty close eye on our subject but had no idea such intricate, original and thorough work was underway in the Czech Republic. Gunther Kleteschka has appeared on several YDB papers, but has clearly been busy in his own laboratory collecting entirely new, informative and well dated expressions of the YDB boundary in lake sediments. His work and that of his local colleagues is clearly exciting and in keeping with the predictions made by the Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis.

Cosmic-Impact Event in Lake Sediments from Central Europe Postdates the Laacher See Eruption and Marks Onset of the Younger Dryas

Gunther Kletetschka,1,2,3,* Daniel Vondrák,4 Jolana Hruba,2 Vaclav Prochazka,2 Ladislav Nabelek,1,2 Helena Svitavská-Svobodová,5 Premysl Bobek,5 Zuzana Horicka,6,7 Jaroslav Kadlec,8 Marian Takac,2 and Evzen Stuchlik7

Institute of Geology, Czech Academy of Sciences, CZ-252 43 Průhonice 770, Czech Republic; 2. Institute of Hydrogeology, Engineering Geology and Applied Geophysics, Charles University, Albertov 6, CZ-128 43 Prague 2, Czech Republic; 3. Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 903 North Koyukuk Drive, Fairbanks, Alaska 99775-7320, USA; 4. Institute for Environmental Studies, Charles University, Benátská 2, CZ-128 01 Prague 2, Czech Republic; 5. Institute of Botany, Czech Academy of Sciences, Zámek 1, CZ-252 43 Průhonice, Czech Republic; 6. Branch of Applied Ecology, T. G. Masaryk Water Research Institute, Podbabská 30, CZ-160 00 Prague 6, Czech Republic; 7. Institute of Hydrobiology, Biology Centre, Czech Academy of Sciences, Na Sádkách 7, CZ-370 05 České Budějovice, Czech Republic; 8. Institute of Geophysics, Czech Academy of Sciences, Boční II 1401, CZ-141 31 Prague 4, Czech Republic

Comment: Of Flash Frozen Mammoths and Cosmic Catastrophes


Heavy snowfall open Alpine ski resorts a month early - Over 3 metres (10 feet) has fallen in parts this week

snow alps
While much of Europe has been basking in the warm afterglow of summer, winter has arrived unexpectedly early in the Alps in this year of freakish weather. Thanks to two giant snowstorms, the tills are already ringing merrily in some ski resorts, more than a month ahead of schedule.

Yesterday Verbier in Switzerland was able to open a handful of slopes for ardent skiers in what is believed to be the earliest start to the season. More than three metres of snow has fallen in parts of the southern Swiss Alps and northern Italian Alps this week.

More than 60cm fell in Verbier. "The Indian summer has ended and [given] way to winter," Téléverbier, the ski lift company, said.

Comment: See in addition: World snow wrap: Winter kicks off early in the Northern Hemisphere

Then view these reports from 2 countries in North Africa which were not mentioned in the linked article immediately above:

Early snowfall blankets Ifrane, Morocco to a depth of 30 centimeters (almost one foot)

Heavy snowfall in Algeria


Sheep buried in deep snow in northern Spain

Captura de video
© Captura de video
"Welcome to the next Little Ice Age!" says reader."SEVERAL FEET of Global Warming hit Northern Spain on October 31st and Basque farmers were caught out very badly."

"The video shows them digging sheep out from heavy, wet snow. This amount of snow this early is almost unheard of in the modern climate record."

"Herd casualties across the whole of Europe and Eurasia, are already exceeding historic records for the time of year."

Gorbea, Basque mountains (max elevation 1481 m), north Spain

Recovering sheep buried deep in fresh snow on Gorbea, Basque mountains (max elevation 1481 m), north Spain on October 31!

Thanks to Caroline Snyder for this info and link


120 rescued as heavy snowfall blocks Mughal road in Jammu and Kashmir - accumulations of 3 feet

120 people rescued as heavy snowfall blocks Mughal road in J-K (Representative Image)

120 people rescued as heavy snowfall blocks Mughal road in J-K (Representative Image)
Over 120 persons, mostly truckers, were rescued from Peer Ki Gali along the Mughal road, which recorded the season's first heavy snowfall over the past couple of days, a senior traffic police officer said Saturday.

Some of the rescued people, including an aged woman, were sick and shifted to hospital, but none of them is serious, Deputy Superintendent of Police, traffic, Mohammad Rafiq told PTI.

Over three feet of snow had accumulated in the high altitude Peer Ki Gali stretch of the road, connecting the twin districts of Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu with south Kashmir Shopian.

"A joint rescue operation was launched last evening after it was reported that over 70 vehicles, mostly trucks, were left stranded on both sides due to the heavy snowfall and subsequently over 120 persons were rescued and shifted safely to Surankote," Rafiq, who led the rescue operation, said.


Pajarito Mountain in New Mexico gets over 8 inches of early snow on Halloween - Sipapu Ski resort hit with a foot

snow falling at Pajarito Mountain
With more than six inches of snow falling at Pajarito Mountain on Halloween, General Manager Tom Long is optimistic that Mother Nature will be more cooperative this year and provide the area with a good ski season.

In the first major snow of the season, the bottom of Pajarito Ski Area received six inches of snow, while the top received more than eight inches. Last year, the ski area received almost no natural snow, and was forced to operate at reduced capacity throughout the winter.

Now, with snow falling so early and the long term forecast pointing toward more winter weather moving forward, Long believes that everything is on track for Pajarito Mountain to open its lifts for skiers on Dec. 21.

Comment: Another report via the Los Alamos Daily Post states that one foot of the white stuff was dumped on Sipapu Ski resort.



Storm dumps 16 inches of snow on Colorado's southern mountains, more on the way

Telluride Ski Resort

Telluride Ski Resort
The storm that dampened Denver's morning commute dropped substantial snowfall along the Front Range and Continental Divide, 10 days before two Summit County ski areas open for the season.

The storm favored southern Colorado with more than 16 inches falling near Cuchara in the Sangre de Cristo Range, 13 inches at Wolf Creek Pass and 12 at La Veta Pass. The Wolf Creek ski area, which is open on weekends for now, reported 14 inches of fresh snow this morning and a 30-inch depth at mid-mountain. A winter storm warning remains in effect for the Sangre de Cristos until 3 p.m.

The northern mountains near the Continental Divide also did well. The Estes Park-Longs Peak area received 8-10 inches. Berthoud Pass picked up 10 and the Winter Park ski area eight.


World snow wrap: Winter kicks off early in the Northern Hemisphere

Passio Stelvio in Italy received a metre of snow when a huge snow storm hit the Alps

Passio Stelvio in Italy received a metre of snow when a huge snow storm hit the Alps
The Alps have been dumped on, good snowfalls in the Rockies and the first snowfall in Japan.

Winter is starting to arrive in the northern hemisphere with snow falling during the past week in North America, Europe and Japan. The biggest falls have been in Europe with parts of the Alps receiving a metre of snow in 72 hours followed by another 50-70cms on Oct 29 and more snow is expected over the next few days. The totals are hitting the two metre mark in the higher resorts, a number of which are already open and more resorts are set to open soon.

While this early season snow is great news for most European resorts, it is not good news for the Stomping Grounds camps in Saas Fee, with the second session currently on hold due to the consistent snowfalls. For Stomping Grounds director Charles Beckinsale, it is a frustrating situation.