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Summer blizzard hits Xinjiang, China leading to death of livestock, disturbing traffic

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Blizzard in China
Herdsmen in Tekes County, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region have endured heavy losses after Monday's blizzard froze to death over 400 livestock animals across the county.

The snow also disrupted traffic in Nilka County of Ili Kazak Autonomous Prefecture. Over 400 tourists in 130 vehicles were either stranded in the Tangbra Mountain or on the Dushanzi-Kuche Highway, which runs through the Tianshan Mountain from its south end to north end.


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This year's cold and wet spring sinks US wheat acreage to its lowest levels since USDA records began in 1919 - Corn and potatoes down too

US harvest

Following a disastrous 2019 growing season across the U.S., particularly in the Midwest, the cold and wet spring of 2020 along with "burnt" farmers has resulted in reduced planting of this year's crops, too.


The weather proved so cold and wet in 2019 that many North Dakota farmers' corn harvest lasted more than six months — and a few still haven't finished it, reports thedickinsonpress.com. And now, following last year's challenging conditions, North Dakota's 2020 corn acreage is down more than 30% year on year, with potato planting also drastically reduced.

ND corn acreage this spring is pegged at 2.4 million, 31.5% lower than the 3.5 million planted in 2019, according to the USDA acreage report released Tues, June 30-a report based on surveys of farmers during the first two weeks of June.

The combination of a never-ending 2019 harvest and unfavorable planting conditions this spring likely discouraged many farmers across the Midwest from planting.

Frayne Olson, NDSU Extension marketing specialist, says farmers didn't again want to risk planting beyond the optimal time, and end up with immature corn that they will have to harvest in spring 2021.

"Farmers said 'I got burned last year,'" says Olson.

Nationwide, farmers planted 92 million acres of corn in 2020 — and while that's a fraction more than last year, it took the trade by surprise because, earlier this spring, U.S. farmers had indicated they would plant 97 million acres in 2020-an organized attempt to make up for the Midwest's poor 2019 harvest.

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Ski resorts in Chile and Argentina clobbered by nearly 5 feet of snowfall

Valle Nevado, Chile

Valle Nevado, Chile
The Andes mountain range in Chile and Argentina has had large dumps of snow in the past week with more forecast.

Some resorts say as much as 1.2 to 1.5 metres has fallen.

While it's great to see, skiers and snowboarders are having to sit it out and that may the case for the whole season.

This video was posted by Nevados de Chillán in Chile...


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'Juneuary' hits Northern Rockies as nearly 6 inches of snow falls at Utah Ski Area

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June snow in the Rockies
The calendar may say it's the end of June, but summer snow is making for some wintry scenes in parts of the northern Rockies.

Several inches of snow piled up in some of the higher elevations of Utah, Idaho, Montana, Colorado and the Cascades early this week, leading some in social media to use the term "Juneuary" because of the weather more becoming of January in June.

But even though it may seem strange, snow can fall in June and even early July in the higher elevations of the West.

This most recent round of snowy and cold conditions is due to an omega block pattern that developed early this week.

The jet stream plunged southward over the West, allowing colder than average temperatures and wet weather to return to parts of the region.

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Summer snowfall 6 inches deep blankets portions of Wood River Valley, Idaho

Galena Summit saw more than 6 inches of snow on Monday, an uncommon occurrence at the end of June in Idaho.
© Eric Brill/KMVT
Galena Summit saw more than 6 inches of snow on Monday, an uncommon occurrence at the end of June in Idaho.
Portions of the Wood River Valley woke up to more than 6 inches of snow on Monday morning, as the end of June looked more like a mid-winter morning.

The mountain towns within the Central and Sawtooth Mountains were a little bit too warm too see any of the white stuff fly, but once you were able to get above approximately 6,700 feet, snow started to cover the ground.

At Galena Summit, which is approximately midway between Ketchum and Stanley, saw more than 6 inches of snow. This is at approximately 8,700 feet above sea level, and of course, the higher you are above sea level within this part of the Central and Sawtooth Mountains, the more snow you will see. Luckily, with temperatures last week as well as Saturday in the 70s for highs, the snow wasn't able to accumulate very much on Highway 75. With that noted, the threat of snow is expected to linger around until Tuesday. Another 2-4 inches of snow will be possible, with the majority of the accumulation happening on grassy surfaces, as well as the majestic trees of the Sawtooth National Forest.


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June snowfall in the Krasnoyarsk region of Russia

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In the Krasnoyarsk Region, summer has been interrupted by a strong cold wave.

June 21 is snowing. Winter visited the Sayan pass on the border of Khakassia and Tuva.

In Novosibirsk, a strong cooling occurred last weekend. At night, the thermometer showed +5, and frosts were observed in some places.

Another video showing lots of snow here.

Thanks to Martin Siebert for this link.


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Antarctica's Adélie penguins happier with less sea ice, research shows ice is growing

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© Yuuki Watanabe (National Institute of Polar Research, Japan)
Adélie penguins in Lützow-Holm Bay, Antarctica, enjoy easy access to food and increase body weight and breeding success in ice-free summer.
Researchers have been surprised to find that Adélie penguins in Antarctica prefer reduced sea-ice conditions, not just a little bit, but a lot. As climate models project rapid reduction of the continent's sea ice over the rest of the century, this iconic polar predator could be a rare global warming winner. Their research findings are published today (June 24, 2020) in Science Advances.

In recent decades, Antarctica has experienced a steady increase in the extent of its sea ice — frozen seawater — even as its polar twin, the Arctic, has suffered through a marked decrease. But this is not expected to last for much longer as the climate changes, with Antarctica also projected to see a decline in its sea ice, with all the consequences of such changes to the maritime habitat for the organisms that live there.


Comment: Relentless and baseless claims of global warming are debunked every year as the world, overall, gets cooler: Global cooling: Second largest 2-month temperature drop in history recorded by NOAA satellite


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Anomalous heatwave in Russian arctic continues with outbreaks of wildfires

Bystrinsky
© Sputnik / Dmitry Voroshilov
FILE PHOTO: A wildfire near the village of Esso, in the Bystrinsky district, Kamchatka region, June 18, 2020
Scientists are already alarmed at the spike in temperatures in Russia this year. While the mercury is creeping up everywhere, in Siberia it has spiked dramatically, delivering unprecedented heat.

This summer is on course to be the hottest since record-keeping began, in the world's largest country. Towns usually still blanketed by snow at this time of year are experiencing a blazing heatwave, thanks to the escalating climate crisis.

The effects of global warming have arrived and are already causing problems, especially in Siberia. A massive oil spill in the far northern mining city of Norilsk earlier this year was declared a federal emergency, after a pipeline sank into the mud and broke. The accident, which will take decades to clean up, was blamed on melting permafrost - the result of unusually high temperatures.


Comment: Note that a heatwave in the Arctic does not equal GLOBAL warming, because by all accounts temperatures around the planet are plummeting, including temperatures in the atmosphere.


Comment: What is clear from the above is that our planet is under going a significant shift, little of which is explained by the now debunked theory of 'global warming': For more on what's happening on our planet, check out SOTT radio's:


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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Saharan dust cloud & Greenland summer ice anomalies

Greenland record ice gains
Record gains of ice on Greenland which we should be celebrating but most media is silent from the enormous ice build this year into summer. Unusually large Saharan dust cloud Pulse One about to sweep through the Americas, followed by a larger concentration of dust later in July. Loss of 25,000 acres of fruit to hail in Spain.


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Hottest Arctic temperature record likely set with 100-degree reading in Siberia

Record heat Siberia
© The Weather Channel (screen capture)
A Russian heat wave smashed an all-time record high in one Siberian town this weekend, possibly the hottest temperature on record so far north in the Arctic, continuing an off-the-charts warm year in what is typically one of coldest places on Earth.

The high temperature in Verkhoyansk, a town in northeast Russia about 260 miles south of the Arctic coast and about 6 miles north of the Arctic Circle, topped out at 38 degrees Celsius, or 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, Saturday.

If that reading is found to be correct, that would smash the town's all-time record of 37.3 degrees Celsius - 99.1 degrees Fahrenheit - set on July 25, 1988. Temperature records in Verkhoyansk date to 1885.

It would also be the hottest temperature on record north of the Arctic Circle, according to Etienne Kapikian, a meteorologist with Meteo France.

The average high in late June in Verkhoyansk is only in the upper 60s, or around 20 degrees Celsius.

Comment: Weather swings in Siberia as extreme heat is followed by June snow, tornadoes and floods