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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.


Out-of-season snow falls in Tokyo, Japan

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.


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.


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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Fresh snowfall damages crops in North Kashmir

snow damage
The fresh snowfall on Saturday has caused damage to almonds ,apricots and other vegetables in north Kashmir parts Including Gulmarg Tangmarg and other parts on Saturday.

According to KNS Correspondent in hilly areas of north Kashmir received about 5 inches of fresh snow and plains of northern Kashmir have received one to two inches snow. Baramulla, Bandipora and Kapawara districts of Kashmir, have recorded two inches of snow.


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Garden centre hoarding begins - Spring on hold across Europe

Garden centre hoarding
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
We have seen the stores stripped bare of daily essentials and long term food storage, but this has moved to garden centres and items to plant or be able to grow your own food. Winter returns to Europe with 2+ feet of snow and an Arctic blast on the way through the end of the month. Airline traffic declines from 175,000 flights per day to 75,000.

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"Very large avalanche" buries road near Eisenhower Tunnel, Colorado

© Colorado Avalanche Information Center.
A "very large avalanche" was triggered by a snowboarder on the west side of the Eisenhower Tunnel on Thursday, highlighting the dangers of entering the backcountry amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The avalanche buried a road above the portal.

"The potential to trigger avalanches large enough to kill or injure a person is real right now," warned the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC).

The avalanche released on a northwest-facing slope above treeline in a thin rocky area, dumping snow over the loop road above the tunnel portal. The road was open at the time of the slide. It's unclear if any cars were involved.


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Vortices cavitate at storm centre as Earth's atmosphere churns

© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Mesovortices cavitating withing a extra-tropical cyclone also forming cyclonic lows within a near record low pressure winter storm in the N. Atlantic. Extra-tropical cyclone off west Africa joins the Mesovortices at each end making a rough figure 8 in the atmosphere. Locust plague USA in 1870, plus snow in Lebanon and record snow in the N. Hemisphere for the fourth year in a row.


Spring storm dumps up to foot of snow on the Wasatch Range, Utah

© Utah Avalanche Forecast Center
The new snow arrived with grapple and then a heavy dense snow followed. Trent Meisenheimer with the Utah Avalanche Forecast Center says it should stabilize quickly but for now, suggests people avoid the back country. On Tuesday, they received reports of avalanches releasing from the grapple layer. He says, with this current storm, there are two issues that impact the avalanche danger.

"One is going to be new snow and that's going to be across all elevations and aspects but probably more dangerous above 8500 feet. Now our second issue is up in the wind zone."

The Wasatch range has received 10 to 12 inches so far and winds are 35 to 45 miles per hour with higher gusts, which results in wind-loaded slopes.

"Some areas like the Park City ridgeline or kind of Brighton, the backside of Heber/Snake Creek area could have received more snow out of this as they typically do pretty well with these southwest flow type storms."

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Floods in Murcia, lots of rain in Alicante and snow on Canary Islands adversely impacting Spanish cultivation

It is not the first time Spanish cultivation areas have been pummelled by lousy weather. This bad weather is moving over parts of Spain. There is rain in some places, and rivers flooding in others. Streets in, for example, Murcia, are flooded.

In the southern part of the Alicante province, they have to deal with the impact of a new Dana or Gota Fria, making their way across the country. And it has snowed on the highest parts of the Canary Islands. This is according to reports in Spanje Vandaag.

Some places in Murcia have received more than 100 liters/m2. This has been more than 50 liters/m2 in the province of Alicante. This rainfall was recorded in that province's regions of Marina Alta and Vega Baja. There has been a lot of rain in the Valencia province and Almería too. The rivers there have, however, not yet burst their banks.