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Snowflake Cold

Cold wave hits southern Brazil with record-low temperatures

Snow falls in Bom Jardim da Serra's downtown i
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Snow falls in Bom Jardim da Serra's downtown in the state of Santa Catarina, Brazil, on May 17, 2022.
Unlike India facing intense heatwaves or France battling drought, Brazil this week has witnessed some of the most chilling temperatures ever seen in its southern states. Experts are not ruling out climate change and say that the extraordinary weather conditions are catalysed by the subtropical storm Yakecan.

In his 2009 mockumentary "Cold Tropics", Brazilian director Kleber Mendonça Filho portrayed the unimaginable. Recife, a tropical city in the northeast of Brazil, is suddenly hit by a cold wave that pushes temperatures to impossible lows. Inhabitants are forced to adapt, penguins make an unlikely appearance and the global scientific community is left aghast.

This week, Mendonça's fictional world became a reality in southern Brazil.

While Recife and other parts of the northeast continue to enjoy temperatures of around 28 degrees Celsius, thermometers in southern states have reached unprecedented lows.


The Strength of The Wolf

Reevaluating relationships in our post-plandemic world.
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NOW this is the law of the jungle, as old and as true as the sky, And the wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the wolf that shall break it must die. As the creeper that girdles the tree trunk, the law runneth forward and back; For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack.

The Law For The Wolves — Rudyard Kipling
The world is changing fast. Most people can't keep up.

How many friends do you see that have kept up?

How many friends do you see, who if you sat down and talked about the past two years would say without hesitation it was all a complete scam engineered to give more power to governments and to test how obedient and subservient populations would be?

How many friends would call it a depopulation event? A dress rehearsal for what Bill Gates publically calls the "next one"?

He says the "next one" will be far worse. He would know.

How many friends wouldn't soil themselves if out of the blue you said at a dinner party, "You know Jim and Sally, don't you find it astonishing that Gates, Daszak, and Fauci still aren't swinging from piano wire at the Jefferson memorial? Yeah, I'll go check on the beyond brisket."

There are friends and then there are passing friends. For nomads and expatriates, a trail of both is left behind in each city passed through over the decades. It's easy to make them by joining some sports club or showing up regularly to pub trivia or poker rooms, though most of the younger generations simply prefer to swipe right. Once moving on to the next city, few nomad friends stay in touch.

There are friends who are "besties" or BFFs who by middle school are a passing "hey", and those BFFs in middle school become the same by High School and so on until there is only a handful that survives the torrid changes from a decade of adolescence and young adulthood.

There are friends who belong in the wolf pack and friends who still send Christmas cards to show how great they're doing in their silly knitted sweaters once a year but offer little else.


Exhausted, dehydrated birds fall from the sky in Ahmedabad as heatwave scorches India

Birds 'fall from the sky' as India's blistering heatwaves intensify

Birds 'fall from the sky' as India's blistering heatwaves intensify
Rescuers in Gujarat are picking up dozens of exhausted and dehydrated birds dropping everyday as a scorching heatwave dries out water sources in Ahmedabad, the state's biggest city, veterinary doctors and animal rescuers said. Large swathes of South Asia are drying up in the hottest pre-summer months in recent years, prompting Prime Minister Narendra Modi to warn of rising fire risks.

Doctors in an animal hospital managed by non-profit Jivdaya Charitable Trust in Ahmedabad said they have treated thousands of birds in the last few weeks, adding that rescuers bring dozens of high flying birds such as pigeons or kites everyday. "This year has been one of the worst in the recent times. We have seen a 10% increase in the number of birds that need rescuing," said Manoj Bhavsar, who works closely with the trust and has been rescuing birds for over a decade.

Animal doctors at the trust-run hospital were seen feeding birds multivitamin tablets and injecting water into their mouths using syringes on Wednesday. Health officials in Gujarat have issued advisories to hospitals to set up special wards for heat stroke and other heat-related diseases due to the rise in temperatures.


Surprising snowfall in Sichuan, China creates amazing scenery in early summer

Unexpected snowfall on Mount Emei in southwest China's Sichuan Province has created amazing and unique scenery in early summer.

According to the local meteorology authority, the snowfall is measured as being medium level, with a thickness of two centimeters, which is rare on Mount Emei in the middle of May. Mount Emei is a famous UNESCO World Heritage site located in the southern part of the province.


Blistering heatwave sweeps South Asia as mercury in Pakistan soars to 50C

An excavator tries to contain the fire as smoke billows from burning garbage on a hot summer day, at the Bhalswa landfill site in New Delhi, India, April 29, 2022.
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An excavator tries to contain the fire as smoke billows from burning garbage on a hot summer day, at the Bhalswa landfill site in New Delhi, India, April 29, 2022.
South Asia was in the grip of an extreme heatwave on Friday, with parts of Pakistan reaching a temperature of 50 degrees Celsius as officials warned of acute water shortages and a health threat.

Swathes of Pakistan and neighbouring India have been smothered by high temperatures since April in extreme weather that the World Meteorological Organization has warned is consistent with climate change. On Friday, the city of Jacobabad in Sindh province hit 50C (122 degrees Fahrenheit), the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) said, with temperatures forecast to remain high until Sunday.

"It's like fire burning all around," said labourer Shafi Mohammad, who is from a village on the outskirts of Jacobabad where residents struggle to find reliable access to drinking water. Nationwide, the PMD alerted temperatures were between 6C and 9C above normal, with the capital Islamabad -- as well as provincial hubs Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar - recording temperatures around 40C on Friday.

Snowflake Cold

Frost sweeps through North Coast vineyards in California during bloom period

Frost protection measures
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Frost protection measures are put in to place on young vines, Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022 at Balletto Vineyards near Sebastopol, Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. Several mornings of below freezing temperatures have forced some growers to protect swelling buds, kicked off by prior weeks of warm, dry weather.
Pockets of vineyards across the North Coast have suffered from frost damage over the past week, which is likely to contribute to an expected lower yield when the wine grape harvest kicks off later this summer, according to analysts.

Inman Family Wines reported Tuesday that it went through two frost nights in a row, as well as a hailstorm last week just as buds on its estate vineyard were starting to bloom, according to an Instagram post. Some vines will experience shatter, the term used for when the grapevine's fragile flowers do not pollinate and develop into grapes. "Add this to the frost damage and it looks like lower yields for 2022," the post read.

Cloud Precipitation

Wheat crops across the planet under threat from extreme weather, world output set to drop for first time

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A farmer harvests wheat at Zhari on the outskirts of Kandahar, Afghanistan, May 10, 2022
As Russia's invasion chokes off Ukrainian wheat exports, pushing up bread and noodle prices, the global harvest faces an added test: extreme weather.

Comment: Even Western politicians and the legacy media are admitting that what's happening in Ukraine is essentially a US-proxy war to 'weaken' Russia, rather than simply, as claimed above, a 'Russian invasion', and so any responsibility for the loss of Ukraine's wheat lies with the West.

Droughts, flooding and heatwaves threaten output from the U.S. to France and India, compounding shrinking production in Ukraine. Just about every major producing region is facing one threat or another. The one notable exception is Russia, which is shaping up for a bumper crop and stands to benefit from the rising prices and limited supply elsewhere.

Comment: Note that not only is the West continuing to consume Russian gas and oil, but it's also benefiting from buying and trading Russian wheat, and, despite relentless attacks from the West, Russia continues to choose to sell to them, with Western customers and traders benefiting; as we've seen, if the West were in a similar position it would sabotage its own economy to gain even temporary leverage over Russia.

Wheat is hardy and its vast geographical spread typically means shortages in one place can be filled from elsewhere. But the litany of challenges is testing that resilience. Analysts expect world output to drop for the first time in four seasons, according to a Bloomberg survey before a U.S. Department of Agriculture report Thursday. That's likely to keep the price of many food staples high as hunger and cost-of-living crises deepen from Africa to Europe.

Comment: It's rather symbolic that Russia is one of the few countries that is set to reap (yet another) near-record harvest.

Food shortages have been accumulating for many years now due to the increasingly erratic seasons and extreme weather phenomena, this is compounded by decades of government corruption and mismanagement, nearly two years of rolling lockdowns, and now the West's proxy-war against Russia; the situation has become so serious that even German officials are warning that the entire planet - not just the 'poor, third world' countries - is facing famine: Also check out SOTT radio's:


Another spring storm rolls through the Sierra bringing 17 inches of snow to Palisades Tahoe, California

© Kate Abraham / Palisades Tahoe
Over the past week, the upper mountain of Palisades Tahoe received 17 inches of fresh snow. This storm brought in cold temperatures that helped preserve the existing snow and provide better coverage on the open runs at the resort.

The resort will continue operations Friday-Sunday through the end of May, plus Memorial Day. This weekend, Palisades Tahoe will be open for skiing and riding on the upper mountain only, with terrain for every ability level.


18 INCHES of May snow in just 12 HOURS hits Bogus Basin, Idaho

Bogus Basin snow.
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Bogus Basin snow.
Who knew Monday, May 9 would be a perfect day to go skiing.

The National Weather Service on Monday afternoon said Bogus Basin has received a whopping 18 inches of snow in just 12 hours.

This cool May storm even brought some snow showers and some accumulation on grassy areas down to the Treasure Valley.


Spring snowstorm in the Sierra catches travelers off guard

A spring snowstorm in the Sierra on Sunday caught some travelers along Interstate-80 off guard. "I'm wearing shorts and little short socks," Danny Dockter said, laughing. "So, yeah, I wasn't expecting it. I live in Reno, so I know about snow and ice and the weather so I would've dressed a little bit better when I took off."