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Snow hits Portugal during spring

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A mass of polar air from Central Europe brought snow to the interior of the country. A help to those who also stay at home there.

The snow "started out weak on Monday afternoon, it looked like it was going to disperse", tells NiT Carlos Andrade, who lives in a village near Guarda. But on Tuesday, March 31, the villages in this and other districts in the interior woke up to an image that was already a little out of season: completely covered in white.

Even for the thousands of Portuguese who are at home, it was impossible not to notice that the last day of March started, all over the country, colder. It is to blame for a mass of polar air coming from Central Europe that has led to a drop in temperature, rain and even snow in several places. There are cut roads and snow-covered villages, which facilitates the common goal these days: to avoid going as far as possible.


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Heavy snowfall, strong wind and coronavirus isolate northernmost Norway

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© Atle Staalesen
No spring in the north: European route E6 to Finnmark is closed due to snowy storms and alternative drive through Finland is not allowed with closed borders.

Bad weather with heavy snowfalls and low viability have stopped traffic at the only road to Finnmark over Kvænangsfjellet mountain.

Organized convoy driving behind a snow-plow and even fully closed roads are nothing new for drivers inside the Arctic Circle in wintertime. This March, though, has been exceptional with record amounts of snow, and one storm followed by the other.

"We have very demanding driving conditions and have many closed roads both in recent days and throughout this winter," says Siril Veiåker Nilsen with the Norwegian Public Roads Administration to news-agency NTB.


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This isn't an April Fool's joke - snow in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Snow in the hills
© Mark Thomas
Snow in the hills
A bitterly cold northerly wind, freezing temperatures and snow, yes snow, greeted Dubrovnik this morning as April opened with extreme weather.

The hills and mountains in the wider Dubrovnik region have a dusting of snow, like icing sugar on a birthday cake, and still the sleety snow start to fall. The current temperature in Dubrovnik is a chilly 3 degrees and with the northerly wind the real feel is unbelievably minus 6 degrees!

Comment: Further north in the same country on March 31st much deeper snow was evident:




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Ongoing drought in Brazil, Argentina threatens crucial crop harvests

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© Gary C. Caskey/UP
FILE PHOTO: Although not as extreme, parts of northern Argentina, only recorded 30 percent to 65 percent of their normal rainfall during the month of March.
An unusually dry end to the summer season across parts of South America is expected to impact the harvests of important crops in the region.

"Rainfall averaged below normal across much of southern Brazil, including [the states of] Rio Grande Do Sul, Santa Catarina, for the month of March, and in many instances the entire summer season," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Jason Nicholls.

Some major cities in these states include Porto Alegre, Santa Maria and Florianopolis, although even Curitiba in Parana had a drier-than-normal month of March.

Comment: All over the planet erratic seasons and extreme weather are devastating harvests and have been for a number of years resulting in depleted stocks, this, coupled with the draconian and unfounded coronavirus lockdown measures means there's a good chance many countries could be looking at significant food shortages in the near future: UK's empty supermarket shelves: Panic is not the problem

It's also worth noting that there is good evidence the Americas are subject to cyclical megadroughts during times of planetary cooling, as happens to be the case today: A warning from ancient tree rings: The Americas are prone to catastrophic, simultaneous droughts


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Environmental disasters across the world in March 2020

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At least 42 people die in floods, landslides caused by heavy rains in southeast of Brazil

The third month of 2020 saw numerous environmental disasters that impaired climate change and vice versa, including a deadly tornado in the U.S., landslide in Brazil and heavy rains in Pakistan.

Here is a look at the global environmental disasters during the previous month.

March 3:

- At least 19 people die in the U.S. state of Tennessee as a result of a heavy tornado that also causes major damage to buildings, roads, bridges, utilities, and businesses.

- Some 900 people are displaced after flash flood destroys houses in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia.

March 4:

- Hundreds of people are either displaced or left isolated after floods in northern parts of Namibia, according to local media reports.

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Winter returns to Germany as snow falls across the country

Heavy snowfall in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria.

Heavy snowfall in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria.
As if 2020 wasn't weird enough, winter came back with a bang to Germany on Monday as parts of the country were hit with snow, hailstones and freezing temperatures.

With the growing coronavirus pandemic and strict social distancing measures, the year has not got off to a great start.

So just to top it all off, we've had flurries of snow and hailstones at the beginning of spring. Perhaps this was an early April Fool's?


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Severe Spring frosts destroy crops across Europe

Poland frosts
A brutal and extensive swathe of sub-zero temperatures has engulfed much of Europe, ravaging farmers' fields throughout Northern Italy, much of Poland, and the Ukraine.

Italian farmers' group Coldiretti issued a report on March 24, revealing a "difficult situation" throughout a significant part of the Italian peninsula, with frost-damage recorded from Lombardy to Emilia Romagna and from Veneto to Puglia.

Temperatures as low as -6C (21.2F) were recorded in Emilia Romagna.

As reported by iegvu.agribusinessintelligence.informa.com, the Coldiretti statement identified that apple, pear, peach, apricot, and almond trees had begun flowering, while cherry and plum trees were now also in bloom, and that these frosts have already destroyed many a harvest.

Massimo Franchini, a peach and apricot producer from Casal Fiumanese, reported as well that there is nothing left of his plantation. "I do not know how long it lasted, but enough to damage every single fruit."

"I believe it will be difficult for producers to honor payments this year, as we will have no income," he stated.

The Coldiretti report continued, adding that the damage is also seen in artichoke to asparagus fields, from beets to chicory, and also to peas.

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Out-of-season snow falls in Tokyo, Japan

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Out-of-season snow fell in Tokyo and surrounding areas on Sunday, with the weather agency warning of icy road surfaces.

As cold air gripped the Kanto-Koshin region, including the Tokyo metropolitan area and the prefectures of Yamanashi and Nagano, the temperature dropped below 1 C in Tokyo in the morning, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.


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Up to 2 feet of fresh snow blankets high regions of Himachal Pradesh, India

Snow Blankets High Himachal

Snow blankets high Himachal
Snow on Friday blanketed high regions in Himachal Pradeshincluding many parts of China bordering Lahaul-Spiti and Kinnaur, said Manmohan Singh IMD Shimla here today.

Kaza in Spiti is one and an half foot deep in snow, Chitkul has one foot, followed by Kalpa with four inches in Kinnaur district.

Keylong, the administrative headquarter of Lahaul-Spiti, is covered by six inches of snow and the tourist place Koksar has accumulated two feet of snow today.

Many high altitude places in Chamba, Shimla, Sirmour, Mandi, Kangra and Kullu have experienced heavy to mild snow, sending temperature plummeting across the state.


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17 inches of new snow in spring hits Yosemite National Park

Gate closed at Tioga Pass on March 20, 2020.

Gate closed at Tioga Pass
New snow: 17 inches

Total settled snow depth: 35 inches (at 8,600 feet)

High temperature: 37°F (March 19)

Low temperature: -5°F (March 19)

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