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Banana, avocado and potato crops in the Canary Islands hit by wind and calima

Banana, avocado and potato crops in the Canary Islands hit by wind

Banana, avocado and potato crops in the Canary Islands hit by wind
Many crops facing a "lost year"

The assessment of the damage caused by the wind and calima in the Canary Islands is already underway. We will still have to wait a few days to know the full extent of the damage, but the first impressions of the agrarian leaders point to a heavy impact on all crops grown in the open ground, especially on bananas and potatoes, which in many cases will be facing "a lost year."

For some fruit crops (those cultivated in the places most affected by the wind), not only may the current harvest have been lost, but the next campaign is also at risk.

In certain parts of the islands, the effects of the storm on the banana plantations resemble those caused by the tropical storm Delta in 2005, says Javier Gutiérrez, general secretary of the Association of Agricultural Producers and Livestock Farmers of the Canary Islands (Asaga Canarias). In Tenerife, this applies to the farms located in the Orotava Valley, although also to those in part of the south, as well as in La Palma. The leader of Asaga reports that many banana plantations will have to be uprooted and sown again (if the companies that supply in vitro plants have sufficient stocks), "with the investment that this entails."


Breckenridge ski resort in Colorado hits 300 inches of snow: 'We still have 3 months left'

Breckenridge Resort

Breckenridge Resort
Breckenridge Resort hit and surpassed the 300 inch mark for the ski season on Sunday. According to Sara Lococo, the Senior Communications Manager at Breckenridge, the resort is reporting more than a foot of fresh snow as of Sunday morning.

What was expected to be a few inches turned into more than a foot!

"Woke up today at like 5 a.m. and it was about an inch, and then I checked the snow stake a couple of hours later, and it was more than a foot. I was like 'all right I better get out there,'" Lococo told CBS4 Sunday afternoon.

Lococo's job is to help tell the story that is Breckenridge resort. She says she found inspiration today out on the slopes.

"It's incredible. February has definitely delivered," Lococo said.


Copper Mountain in Colorado sees snowiest February ever with 88 inches of powder

Breckenridge broke its own February record last week

With 10 inches of fresh snow to report Monday morning, Copper Mountain broke its record for February snowfall. Its neighbor on the other side of the Tenmile Range, Breckenridge, broke its February record last week.

With six days left in the month, Copper has received 88 inches of snow. The previous record was 83 inches in 1986. Breckenridge has received 110 inches this month

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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Australia lowest harvest ever recorded - Middle East ice & snow storms

Australia record low wheat harvest
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Australia to lose 66%+ crop yield this year taking it below 1980 levels, and importers who rely in Australia wheat will need to look elsewhere. UK warning citizens to brace for cut offs in food as EU exporters need to set up new trade deals. Record cold and ice storms sweep the Middle East with huge increases in precipitation across the Fertile Crescent.

Comment: Global crop failures continue: In Australia this is going to be the WORST HARVEST ever recorded


Iraq - Iran border town buried by heavy snowfall

Haji Omaran, a town on the mountainous Iraq-Iran border, has experienced exceptionally heavy snowfall in recent days.

The usually bustling border town has been left eerily quiet. Schools and other official institutions have shut their doors, and shops are markets are closed.

Snow has piled up so high that it has jammed doors and windows, leaving some residents unable to leave their homes. Some have had to tunnel their way out.

"If someone gets sick there is no aid here," said Sleman Baboli, chieftain of a nearby village. There were no shovels to clean the roads. If someone gets sick, how can we take him to the doctor?"

Comment: Also recently in the same region: 70 villages in southeastern Turkey buried by up to 6 meters (20 feet) of snow


Newfoundland got over 335 cm (11 feet) of snow this winter & it's not even over yet

City of St Johns
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City of St Johns
Canadian winters can be nasty pretty much everywhere in the country. However, some places have felt the brunt of this season more than others. Newfoundland snow totals are more than 335 centimetres this winter and an active storm track is to blame for the wicked weather.

If you don't live in eastern-most province, count yourself lucky that you didn't have to deal with this brutal season.

The snowfall totals for most parts of the province were above average in December and January while February is on track to be near normal.

St. John's has already gotten more than 335 centimetres of snow dumped on it this winter which is almost 100 centimetres more than the average for the year.


Summer snow for Mt Taranaki, New Zealand

Mount Taranaki was cloaked in cloud and wearing a fresh dusting of snow on Sunday morning.
Mount Taranaki was cloaked in cloud and wearing a fresh dusting of snow on Sunday morning.
Mt Taranaki wore a dusting of snow and a kākahu (cloak) of cloud on Sunday morning following a weekend of occasionally heavy rain.

Friday night brought a downpour that hit both the Americarna cruise through New Plymouth and the concert by Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals at the TSB Bowl of Brooklands.

Saturday began with more rain, and although it brightened up during the day, the rain returned in the evening.

Some places were hit harder than others. At New Plymouth's Brooklands Zoo, 2.8 millimetres of rain was recorded in the 24 hours leading up to 3pm on Sunday, according to the Taranaki Regional Council's figures.

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70 villages in southeastern Turkey buried by up to 6 meters (20 feet) of snow

village in Turkey
A village in Turkey is one of 70 now isolated after 6 metres, or 20 feet, of snow accumulated in parts of the region.


Anchorage, Alaska sets daily record for high temperature and snowfall on same day

Anchorage, Alaska stats
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Anchorage, Alaska, set two seemingly opposite records, one for high temperature and one for snowfall, on the same day.

Just the right setup, with a moist and active pattern, allowed a warm temperature record to occur on the same calendar day as heavy snowfall.

Strong southerly flow courtesy of an upper-level high over northwestern Canada brought warmer air and plenty of moisture into southern Alaska late Monday into early Tuesday.

Temperatures briefly rose above 40 degrees in Anchorage early Tuesday as a result of this southerly flow. The high for the day was set during the midnight hour when temperatures rose to 44 degrees. This tied the daily record high for the date.

Above-average temperatures were also observed into northern Alaska. Utqiaġvik (formerly known as Barrow) ended its streak of 25 consecutive days of temperatures below 15 degrees below zero.

However, a cold front then pushed through Anchorage. Temperatures dropped to 32 degrees by 5 a.m. Tuesday, and snow was reported.

Snow continued to fall throughout Tuesday due to this first system and another low that was approaching from the south.

Comment: Anchorage, Alaska breaks snow record for New Year's Day following the warmest Dec 31 on record


Winter storm leaves 50 people stranded at mountain pass in South Norway - cars buried by up to 3 meters of snow

A heavy winter storm has left around 50 people trapped at a mountain pass in Norway.

Cars are buried in 2-3 metres of snow and the road (E134 Haukelifjell) is closed and impassable due to the weather.

The travellers are inside and safe but need to wait for the weather to calm down and the roads to be cleared.