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April 2021 is on track to be the frostiest in Britain for 60 YEARS

UK April snow

People walking their dog are caught in a heavy snow shower on Wimbledon Common on a cold morning with freezing temperatures on April 12
For gardeners whose flowers have been suffering from the cold, the news will come as little surprise.

This April has been Britain's frostiest in at least 60 years.

And experts warn it will cause severe damage to the harvest of plums, cherries and other soft fruit.

There have been 13 days of air frost in the past month, making it the frostiest April since records began in 1960, provisional Met Office data shows. The previous record holder was April 1970, with 11.

Despite the cold nights, the sunny weather means this month is also on course to be among the driest on record. So far there has been only 7 per cent of the average rainfall for the time of year. Mark McCarthy, of the National Climate Information Centre, said: 'We've been seeing a high frequency of frosts overnight throughout April thanks largely to persistent clear skies.'

But the conditions have caused havoc for many farmers and growers. Guy Barter of the Royal Horticultural Society said: 'Considerable damage has been experienced in many gardens with flowers such as camellia and magnolias being scorched, and cherry, plum and pear blossom injured so that the fruit crop will be reduced.'

Comment: Earlier this month France declared a national emergency after one-third of its wine production was lost to rare spring frosts.

Meanwhile in the United States, Midwest and Eastern vineyards were hit by historic snow and freeze events.

Snowflake Cold

Temps plummet below zero, early snow falls in South Island, New Zealand

Mt Roy looking over Lake Wanaka on Tuesday morning.

Mt Roy looking over Lake Wanaka on Tuesday morning.
Winter has arrived slightly early in the South Island, with freezing temperatures and dustings of snow in many places this morning.

A midnight storm dumped about a centimetre of snow onto the Porters Alpine Resort near Castle Hill near Arthur's Pass early this morning.

And parts of inland Canterbury and Otago woke to below-zero temperatures, down to -3.2 deg C.

Porters operations manager Blair James hoped the cold snap was an early indicator of good snowfall this season.

He said the dump marked two weeks in a row of snowfall and cold temperatures - weather which makes him hopeful for a good season to come.

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At least 15 dead in glacier avalanche in Uttarakhand, India (UPDATE)

According to reports, 384 persons have been rescued so far.

According to reports, 384 persons have been rescued so far.
At least eight people died and 384 were rescued after a glacier broke triggering an avalanche close to the Indo-China border in the Indian state of Uttarakhand on Friday, a government official said.

"Eight bodies have been recovered. Rescue operations are in progress," a defence ministry official told reporters on Saturday, adding that six of those rescued were in critical condition.

The road access was cut off at 4-5 locations due to multiple landslides, after an avalanche struck in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district on Friday evening, the official said.

A state official also confirmed that at least 8 persons had died and more than 300 were rescued by the army personnel.

Comment: Update: The Time of India reports on April 27:
Sumna avalanche: 3 more bodies recovered, toll now 15 in Dehradun

Search and rescue teams on Monday have found three more bodies from the debris of an avalanche in Sumna region along the India-China border in Chamoli district.

Earlier, on Sunday, two bodies had been recovered by rescue personnel. With this, the toll of the disaster has shot up to 15, according to the District Emergency Operation Centre (DEOC). Three persons are still missing as per Army sources.

"One body was recovered from the debris on Monday morning while the other two were found from the avalanche sites in the later part of the day," said Nand Kishore Joshi, district disaster management officer.

An army helicopter brought the four bodies--including the one recovered on Sunday evening--to Joshimath from Sumna where the avalanche had hit on Friday evening.

As reported by TOI earlier, the Army has pressed into service an avalanche rescue sniffer dog to help the rescue personnel in the search operation.

Around 430 labourers were present in the two camps when the avalanche hit the two Border Roads Organisation (BRO) labour camps. According to Army officials, 384 labourers have been rescued, whereas six are critical and currently in hospital.

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Two Punjab soldiers die in avalanche at Siachen Glacier, India

Representative Image.

Representative Image.
Two soldiers died in an avalanche at Siachen Glacier Sunday while four others were injured. Both the deceased soldiers belong to Punjab.

Sepoy Prabhjit Singh and Sepoy Amardeep Singh of 21 Punjab were caught in the avalanche in Sub Sector Hanif in Southern Glacier area. Other soldiers, trapped in the avalanche, were later rescued and are said to be recovering.

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has announced ex-gratia compensation of Rs 50 lakh, along with a government job each to the family of Sepoy Prabhjit Singh and Sepoy Amardeep Singh.


Spring snow hits the Sierra

A springtime snow hit the Sierra on Sunday. After a dry winter with little rain or snow, some were happy to see the winter weather return.


120-year-old April snow record broken in Cincinnati

Record snow
Good morning Greater Cincinnati, we have snow on the ground.

The National Weather Service is reporting that 2.3 inches of snow fell at the Cincinnati- Northern Kentucky International Airport. This broke the previous daily snowfall total of 1.5 inches set in 1901. Totals may be higher than that in some areas.

Unfortunately, the cold snap isn't over yet.

A freeze warning is in effect for all of Greater Cincinnati from 1 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday. The National Weather Service said sub-freezing temperatures as low as 29 are expected.

"Frost and freeze conditions will kill crops, other sensitive vegetation and possibly damage unprotected outdoor plumbing," the National Weather Service said. "Take steps now to protect tender plants from the cold. To prevent freezing and possible bursting of outdoor water pipes they should be wrapped, drained, or allowed to drip slowly. Those that have in-ground sprinkler systems should drain them and cover above- ground pipes to protect them from freezing."

Comment: "Record-Shattering Cold" across Central US


Winter arrives early as snow turns parts of Southern Africa into winter wonderland

© SkiAfriSki
Winter has arrived!

While we are waiting for South Africa's first snow of 2021 to arrive next week, the first dusting has already been spotted in Lesotho. See the breathtaking images here.

Ventusky reported earlier this week that South Africa could receive up to six centimetres - a "decent amount", according to the forecast - next week, especially along the Drakensberg Mountain Range on the Lesotho border.

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Gigantic ice drift invades city, nearly crushes passersby in Russia's far east

© Russian Emergencies Ministry
Fortunately, the incident didn't cause any injuries or deaths, with its impact limited to waterfront damage.

A massive ice drift in the Amur River has crashed into the coastline in the Russian Far East city of Khabarovsk, ripping down a concrete-reinforced metal barrier and nearly crushing passersby who had gathered to watch.

Dramatic footage of the incident was captured by local residents armed with cellphones, with huge slabs of ice seen pushing up onto the embankment.


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Global shipping container mystery as crops struggle

Record cold in US
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
At some point in the future the cold anomalies denting significant crop zones will be a part of daily life. Here are more examples from the last three days. Container shortage is not from delays at the Suez canal and slow turn around times, they are being filled and sent to facilities for continuity of each zone or government. These containers are disappearing because of being filled, sealed and stored for long term resilience. Excuses abound.

Comment: The coronavirus crisis, in addition to earth changes affecting crop growth, and the losing value of currency which is set to get much worse in Western nations in particular, have made the production, availability, purchasing and distribution of food - a MAJOR global issue the likes of which we haven't seen in generations.

See related articles: It is always best to be prepared. See also: And do have a listen to the SOTT Talk Radio show that was devoted to this subject:

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Hunters report abundance of ptarmigan this winter in Lower Kuskokwim, Alaska

A ptarmigan in Bethel on April 17, 2021.
© Danny Nelson
A ptarmigan in Bethel on April 17, 2021.
Hunters along the lower Kuskokwim River have been reporting an abundance of ptarmigan this year after a relative dearth of the birds in years prior. But whether that's because there really are more ptarmigan — or if people are just seeing more — is unclear.

Hunting ptarmigan in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta has been relatively easy this year, compared to the last few years.

"This year we've got lot of ptarmigan all over," said Daniel Nelson, an elder who lives in Napakiak. "They were kind of declining in number, you know. The past two or three years I'd go ptarmigan hunting and I'd barely see some, just a few flocks. Most of the time I get home with nothing, but this year I return with average of 12 ptarmigan per trip."

Neither the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service nor the Alaska Department of Fish and Game track the number of ptarmigan in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. However, state biologist Phillip Perry said that based on his own experience and what people are telling him, ptarmigan sightings are much more common this year than in the past five or six years.