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Erratic seasons and extreme weather devastating crops around the world

Blueberry blooms damaged by the April 6th freeze.
© Debbie Roos
An example of crop damage: Blueberry blooms damaged by frost in April 6th 2016.
China: Pineapple market may recover Although this is normally the peak season in Xuwen for pineapple supplies to the market, according to fruit farmers in Xuwen the retail of pineapples is in a "severe winter". Earlier this year a cold wave hit Xuwen, just as pineapples began to appear on the market. The product quality suffered, and the price dropped. In some places Xuwen pineapples even became unmarketable.

Cloud Precipitation

Ice Age Farmer Report: Kilauea's explosive eruption, biblical hail kills people, crops

Explosive eruption at Kilauea this morning after increased seismic activity overnight. More massive hail storms around the world are damaging people, homes, animals, and crops alike, much as records from the previous Grand Solar Minima indicate happened in the past as well. Are you growing your own food yet?


Comment: See in addition for some more historical perspective: Baseball-sized hail: How severe hailstorms have caused devastation and killed people

Ice Cube

Ice tsunami breaches metal barriers as unseasonal cold drags into spring in Surgut, Russia

ob river ice tsunami
Spectacular ice show attracts mesmerised crowds of onlookers in Surgut as world's 7th longest river defies spring.

By this time of year, boats are usually plying the ice-free Ob, but in 2018, while the winter covering the river has begun to move like a giant monster - but it has not cleared.

Far from it.

Here the thick ice is slowly drifting downstream in a northerly direction towards the Arctic yet with temperatures still of an unseasonal -5C, this could go on a while.


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Several feet of snow in Europe in late May

From spring to winter again across the peaks and valleys of France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria. Snow depths are measuring in at 2 feet with seven day snow totals at 3.5 feet. It seems late spring snows are becoming a thing of now and the future now. I thought our children would never know what snow was. Arctic temperatures are back to the 1969-2002 base line and new images of glaciers advancing in Norway.



Fish winterkill strikes several Central Alberta sites

Thousands of dead fish have surfaced in three Central Alberta ponds and lakes because of winterkill.
© Rory O’Connor
Thousands of dead fish have surfaced in three Central Alberta ponds and lakes because of winterkill.
Thousands of dead fish have surfaced in three Central Alberta ponds and lakes because of winterkill.

In Crimson Lake, thousands of perch died and collected around the shoreline.

While not pleasant for lake visitors to look at or smell, winterkill is a natural phenomenon.

"They're very common in Alberta," said Jessica Reilly, senior fisheries biologist out of Alberta Environment and Parks Rocky Mountain House office.

In Central Alberta, winterkill was also reported at Dickson Trout Pond and Pine Lake.

"Basically what happens is the plants and algae in the lake over winter die and decompose. When they decompose they use up oxygen."

The longer the decomposition, the more oxygen is used up. That is exacerbated in a long winter because oxygen can't be replenished while the water is covered by ice.

Comment: See also: Thousands of dead fish found at lake in Alberta

Ice Cube

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: North Atlantic record iceberg season and ice arches around Greenland

This years Iceberg season is three weeks to a month behind as a record 565 bergs are in the waters as of May 14, 2018 this eclipses last years record of 481. Ice Arches backed up sea ice through the Nares Straight and Hudson Bay remains near 100% ice covered which is usually at 70% covered. The Arctic still has 4+ meter / 12 foot thick ice pack and Cape Town now wants to tow icebergs to alleviate its water shortage.



Unusually cold winter and spring have Koreans worried about rocketing food costs

food korea price spike winter cold spring
Park Ji-hyun, a working mother living in Bangbae-dong, southern Seoul, said she is surprised when she goes grocery shopping every weekend.

"It is difficult to find anything whose price has not risen. We have been refraining from eating out as restaurants have raised prices, but cooking at home has also become expensive," she said.

According to Statistics Korea, Wednesday, consumer prices rose 1.6 percent in April from a year ago, hovering stably below 2 percent for seven consecutive months.

However, inflation perceived by consumers is much higher. They especially feel the pressure at grocery stores and restaurants. The fresh food prices index marked a 4.7 percent rise in April compared with a year ago, jumping from a 1 percent rise the previous month.

Comment: The effect of the increasingly erratic seasons have been taking their toll for years and, as the weather reaches new extremes, food manufacturers and farmers can no longer hide the costs. From ranching to vegetables, our food chain is suffering and for now we're seeing prices soar, soon enough there'll be food shortages to worry about: For more, check out SOTT's monthly documentary: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - April 2018: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Strange ice thickness Hudson Bay and 18th fissure opens in Hawaii

sea ice
Hudson Bay ice is at near 100% coverage this far into the beginning of the melt season. Comparing with 2017 spring melt the bay should be around 25% or more melted so far. Also the Canadian Ice Service is not updating its charts due to continuous 100% ice coverage. Maps and weekly data sets are frozen, literally. Great Lakes ice coverage was far above normal for the months of January and February 2018. Strange how the -18C temperatures still cover the Hudson Bay area.



Heavy May snowfall hits south Massif Central, France

Snow unexpectedly fell in the four departments, with the forecaster admitting it was

Snow unexpectedly fell in the four departments, with the forecaster admitting it was "late" in the season
Snow has fallen in the Ardèche, Cantal, Haute-Loire and Lozère, with Météo France calling it "heavy and settled, notable and late" in the season.

Since yesterday, the four departments have been on "orange alert" - the second-most severe level - for snow and ice, with the forecaster predicting that the conditions could make driving dangerous and difficult.

The late appearance of the snow - which Météo France called "heavy and settled" - is expected to have a significant impact on spring plants and vegetation, as well as road conditions, and any "fragile buildings".

Bizarro Earth

Extremely rare cyclone forms off the coast of Chile

Rare Cyclone off Chile
An extremely rare cyclone formed in early May 2018 about 160 kilometers (100 miles) off the coast of Chile-an area that almost never sees tropical cyclones. This image was acquired on May 9, 2018, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite.

Cyclones are not typically found in this region because sea surface temperatures (SSTs) in the southeastern Pacific Ocean are usually too cold. The oceanographic process known as upwelling tends to bring cold water up from the deep ocean along the Chilean coast. (Similar conditions prevail offshore from California in the northern hemisphere.)