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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.


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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.


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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:


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

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© 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.


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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.


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Spring snowstorm in the Sierra catches travelers off guard

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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."


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Unseasonably cold weather expected to continue throughout British Columbia, Canada

It's not bone chilling but the cold weather that's been hanging around Prince George is showing no signs of leaving us anytime soon. Wet snow was falling in parts of the city Friday morning.
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It's not bone chilling but the cold weather that's been hanging around Prince George is showing no signs of leaving us anytime soon. Wet snow was falling in parts of the city Friday morning.
Snow flurries in May?

You can't be serious.

Believe it. It was happening in parts of Prince George Friday morning where rain mixed with snow to get everybody collectively cursing under their breath about how cold and nasty it is for this time of year.

Today we're heading for a whopping high of 5 C under solid cloud cover that's covering most of the province - the result of a low pressure system that's stalled over Alberta.

The unseasonably cold weather is going to continue at least until Tuesday, so try to remain optimistic. Eventually, it is going to warm up. With summer solstice only about six weeks away, we're still waiting for the first extended blast of warm air from the south. But with the mercury in P.G. down to just 2 C at 11 a.m. Friday, summer weather seems far away.

Comment: Related: All of Finland drops below zero, as anomalous cold persists in Europe - Fields remain unplanted on Vancouver Island, similar picture across North America


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All of Finland drops below zero, as anomalous cold persists in Europe - Fields remain unplanted on Vancouver Island, similar picture across North America

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ALL OF FINLAND DROPS BELOW ZERO...

It may be May, but unusually low temperatures are persisting across the majority of Europe.

On Wednesday, May 4, the whole of Finland dropped below freezing — a rare feat for the fifth month of the year.

Records were slain, too: the Saariselkä Tourist center, for example, logged -15.3C (4.4F) — a new record low for May.

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Nebraska Panhandle slammed with up to 15 inches of May snow, while rain soaks rest of state

The Nebraska Department of Transportation works to try and reopen Interstate 80 on Monday, after heavy snowfall totals hit the Nebraska Panhandle.
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The Nebraska Department of Transportation works to try and reopen Interstate 80 on Monday, after heavy snowfall totals hit the Nebraska Panhandle.
While Lincoln and the rest of eastern Nebraska were getting soaked with a steady rain Monday, parts of the Panhandle were seeing epic snowfall.

There was a report of 15 inches of snow near Kimball and 11 inches near Potter, according to the National Weather Service.

The heavy snow caused an hours-long closure of Interstate 80 on Monday from Big Springs to the Wyoming border. The Nebraska State Patrol said on Twitter that the weather conditions led to multiple crashes, causing the road to be shut down in both directions.

The heavy, wet snow also downed trees and power lines. Parts of Kimball were without power briefly Monday morning because of downed power lines, the Scottsbluff Star-Herald reported.


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Snowy conditions in May atop Mauna Kea, Hawaii force closure of road, visitor station

Mauna Kea summit's current conditions show high humidity with freezing temperatures and thunderstorms.
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Mauna Kea summit's current conditions show high humidity with freezing temperatures and thunderstorms.
Heavy fog and icy conditions have closed the Mauna Kea Summit Access Road to the public along with the Visitor Information Station.

Located at an elevation of 9,200 feet, the station is reporting downright wintry conditions with ice and snow on the road, freezing temperatures and thunderstorms.

A time lapse video from the summit over the last 24-48 hours shows a healthy dusting of snow falling on the mountain. Monday afternoon, temperatures dropped to 30 degrees, but factoring in wind chill, it felt like 21 degrees, officials said.

Rangers will continue monitoring road and weather conditions and will reopen the road to the public when the conditions are safe.