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Bad weather in Italy causes damage to crops in the south

A producer from Puglia reports that "the cold front that, all of a sudden hit the Canosa and Cerignola areas, damaged apricots and peaches, which were also affected by the hailstorms, as well as vegetables such as tomatoes."

"The consequences are not immediately recognisable, as a few days must pass. The growth of grafted peach trees has stopped due to the low temperatures and vines show signs of burning."

Stone fruit production has halved all over Italy and the producer reports good market price prospects. "We need to be careful, though, as it all depends on how things will evolve over the next few days. There is a lot of damage and, if the weather goes as forecast, we only have to hope that there will be no hailstorms."

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Snow in Canada leaves 2 million crop acres stuck on prairie fields

© Dusty Craig
Unharvested acres must come off field before spring planting.
April snowfall in parts of Canada's prairies has halted efforts to harvest more than 2 million acres (809,370 hectares) of grain leftover from 2016, delaying spring planting in some areas by at least two weeks.

In Alberta alone, there's as many as 1.5 million acres that remain unharvested, and gathering has been hampered by light snow falling daily in central and northern areas, according to James Wright, a risk analyst with the province's Agriculture Financial Services Corporation. Snow and cool weather have also slowed progress in Saskatchewan, where more than 1 million metric tons of grain is still sitting on fields from last year's harvest after excess moisture made fields too wet to combine, according to the province's agriculture ministry.

"If you have to harvest, plus you have to seed, it's going to be a real time crunch," Errol Anderson, the president of ProMarket Wire in Calgary, said by phone. "These delays are a minimum two weeks, but it's almost throwing the province back the better part of a month."


Climate Weirding

Expect the dialogue to once again morph into something seemingly more nefarious and/or insidious, switching from global warming - > climate change - > climate "weirding":

In a recent segment, weather.com began the switch-over. The quotes and alliteration are as follows ...
"It has been punctuated this week by a weird, long plume of moisture spanning almost the entire Pacific Ocean Basin, piped into the West Coast, including Seattle, from near the Philippines.

"If that [heavy precipitation as far south as northern California] isn't depressing enough ...

"But this nearly seven-month stretch has challenged the patience of even long-time residents ..."
Inspiring, isn't it? Woe. Angst. Hang-wringing. "Weird". Unusual. Depressing. In the literary realm, word choices designed to elicit a specific response or emotion is known as connotation. Among the AGW crowd, it almost always takes the form of hyperbole—extravagant exaggeration meant to sway the casual reader to the perils of climate change.

The Weather Channel has become one of the most perversely egregious media outlets to employ the tactic. As if ordinary day-to-day follies of weather weren't dramatic enough, they have progressed to narrating their dialogue as though every event is now highly unusual, and often try tying specific weather events to human-induced climate change.

Ice Cube

Oops, Warmists just lost the Antarctic peninsula - it is now cooling

A warming trend of 0.32 °C/decade during 1979 - 1997 to a cooling trend of − 0.47 °C/decade during 1999 - 2014.

Remember the much ballyhooed paper that made the cover of Nature, Steig et al, "Warming of the Antarctic ice-sheet surface since the 1957 International Geophysical Year", Nature, Jan 22, 2009 that included some conspicuously errant Mannian math from the master of making trends out of noisy data himself? Well, that just went south, literally.

And it just isn't because the Steig et al. paper was wrong, as proven by three climate skeptics that submitted their own rebuttal, no, it's because mother nature herself reversed the trend in actual temperature data in the Antarctic peninsula, and that one place where it was warming, was smeared over the entire continent by Mannian math to make it appear the whole of the Antarctic was warming.


Areas of South Dakota blanketed with late spring snow

Snow covering up our famous presidents atop Mt. Rushmore.
After enjoying temperatures in the 70s over the weekend, South Dakota is digging out from under a fresh blanket of snow.

The late spring snow storm even hit some famous presidents.

Mount Rushmore national memorial saw snow accumulations of around half a foot Monday evening.

Icicles could even been seen dripping off the giant presidents noses and eyebrows.


Snow on mountain roads surrounding Reykjavik, Iceland

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It will snow heavily on mountain roads surrounding Reykjavik this afternoon.
Iceland Monitor declared yesterday that spring was just around the corner. Next week in fact, according to Iceland Met Office.

Winter will not let go without a fight and it will be snowing on all the mountain roads surrounding Reykjavik this afternoon. Most mountain roads in South West and West Iceland will be affected.

This means Hellisheiði, Holtavörðuheiði and and Lyngdalsheiði will be affected, along with other roads. What's important about these three is that they are on the nr.1 ring road south of Reykjavik, nr.1 ring road north of Reykjavik and on the Golden Circle. If you are traveling to or from Reykjavik, snow is bound to get in your way so be sure your car has proper tyres for the drive. The roads will likely be passable, if the car is properly equipped.

The snow will keep on for today and tomorrow, it will get warmer over the weekend and spring will hopefully come to Iceland next week.


26 feet of snow recorded in Japan

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Huge amounts of snow, up to 8 m, at Mt Gassan, Yamagata prefecture, Japan over the past few days.
Go to this link to see pics. of up to 26.2 feet of snow on the ground in Japan. This is near Mt. Gassan, which at 6,509 feet above sea level is not a terribly high mountain. Very cold air coming off Siberia can produce incredible ocean-effect snow there. And check out these pictures of gigantic snowcover in N. Japan. I think the pics. at this second link are from 2012. Looks like the sun is fairly high in the sky in these pics.

8.2% of the U.S. has a snow cover - mostly out West, but also in northern Maine and northern N. Dakota.

Most of Canada is still snow covered and the lakes are frozen (except near the U.S. and western British Columbia).

This is Northern Hemisphere snow extent, which been increasing a little over the past couple decades (pic. from Rutgers Snow Lab).

Comment: Interesting 'Spring' around the world:

13 cm of snowfall as late-season storm hits Regina, Saskatchewan
April showers? Southern Manitoba hit with snowfall instead
Hard freeze kills 95 to 100 percent of France's Alsace vineyard buds
Turkey greenhouses collapse due to snowfall
Snow across Wales as Arctic winds sweep across the country


Mountain snowpack well over average in Northwest Montana

A plow clears snow from Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park earlier this month.
The higher elevations of Northwest Montana can expect another round of winter-like weather this week, adding to a mountain snowpack that remains well above average for this time of year.

As of Tuesday, the snowpack in the Flathead River basin was at 120 percent of normal. The Kootenai River basin boasts snow totals 113 percent of average, while the Upper Clark Fork basin is at 108 percent.

"We still have a lot of snow in the high elevations," said Ray Nickless, a hydrologist with the Weather Service in Missoula. "And it continues to build. We certainly have a lot of water still to come down this spring."

Nickless pointed to a weather station at Flattop Mountain at 6,300 feet in Glacier National Park. The site shows more than 10 feet of snow on the ground, holding about 52 inches of water.


Surprise snowfall in the heart of France

It snowed Tuesday night in the northern Côte-d'Or! Snowflakes begun falling around 19:30 in the Saulieu area, leaving a light white coat covering the landscape as shown by photographs taken shortly before 20:30.

The snowfall could continue for a few hours since Météo France forecast some flakes for parts of the department (Etalante, Vitteaux, Saulieu, Arnay-le-Duc) early on Wednesday.

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Is the Tahoe Glacier making a comeback?

This is not as far-fetched as you may think. In fact, if history is any guide it is inevitable. Not only inevitable, the process may have already begun.

California's Squaw Valley ski resort, just west of Lake Tahoe, has been buried beneath more than 58 feet of snowfall this season. That's enough snow to completely cover a five-story building. With such copious amounts of snow, Squaw Valley CEO Andy Wirth announced last week that some ski trails may stay open all summer and into next season.

In other words, the snow may not entirely melt this summer. I don't know if Mr. Wirth fully understood the import of his words, but readers of this website ( iceagenow.info ) certainly do.

"Isn't this how glaciers are formed?" asked one reader. "Snow in one year still existing the following year?"

"Golly! Wouldn't that start a glacier?" asked another.

"Ski all Summer thru Fall? That's called a glacier," exclaimed yet another reader. "Glaciation of the Sierras."

Those readers are correct. That is indeed how glaciers form. That is also how ice ages begin - not because some huge ice sheet starts grinding southward (or northward if coming from the bottom of the globe), but because the more the snow accumulates, the less chance it has to melt.