Brazilian Cattle Freeze To Death; Sea Ice “Unusually Close” To Icelandic Coast; B.C.’s Cherry Farmers Deploy Helicopters; + Blizzards Batter Australian Alps

Brazilian Cattle Freeze To Death

At least 3,000 head of cattle have died of hypothermia in Brazil’s Mato Grosso do Sul state, according to reports on the state’s veterinary service website.

Hard frosts swept the region this week, plunging temperatures well-below the seasonal average.

But although cold, the deaths have drawn attention as they are highly uncommon.

Alcides Torres, owner of agribusiness consultancy Scot Consultoria, said local cattle breeds should withstand the low temperatures suffered of late, “Brazil exports live cattle for slaughtering in Turkey below snow,” he pointed out.

“It was the cold but there was something else, too.”

The death tally was noted by the Mato Grosso do Sul veterinary services, which have not replied for comment.

Entering the realm of wild speculation here, and just asking a question: Were, per chance, any newly devised vaccines involved?

I’ll keep digging….

Sea Ice “Unusually Close” To Icelandic Coast

As reported in recent days, Greenland snow and ice gains are proving exceptional — particularly for the time of year. And similarly, sea ice around Iceland is “plentiful” and has advance “unusually close” to the country’s northern coastline.

While the MSM devotes buckets of ink to the pockets of North Atlantic warming –a natural phenomenon tied to El Nino– a North Coast Guard flight yesterday discovered exceptional volumes of sea ice just off Iceland’s coastline, which they say threatens seafarers.

“Ice is coming up to the shore some eight to nine nautical miles from Hornstrandir, which is closer than we’ve seen in recent times,” said sea ice expert Ingibjörg Jónsdóttir, who was on yesterday’s flight.

Thicker sea ice was also present further out to sea, continued Ingibjörg, which could prove dangerous for smaller ships.

These cold waters are a headache for the AGW Party, which is why news of them won’t reach their lapdog MSM outlets.

The pockets of warm waters in North Atlantic, on the other hand… “The basic reason is that all the world’s oceans are much warmer than they were, and that is simply the result of global warming,” stated Halldór Björnsson, of the Icelandic Met Office — a claim we’re expected to dutifully and quietly swallow at this point — no evidence or explanation required — The Science is settled!

We see this ‘selecting’ all the time.

We see it re. Icelandic oceans –as discussed above– and also with the very cold waters off the western U.S. coast which, this spring, were among the coldest ever recorded. Northern San Diego’s Scripps Pier in La Jolla –for example– recorded a water temperature of just 52F in April, a reading just shy of the all-time coldest benchmark of 50F. Temperatures in San Diego itself have also been running below normal every month since November — another fact obscured and ignored (look, WILDFIRES!).

Note also the article embedded above: ‘Thick Ice Forces Russian Ships To Take The Long Way Round’.

B.C.’s Cherry Farmers Deploy Helicopters

Western Canada’s growers are warning record-low temperatures could drop their yields by as much as 50% this year.

Okanagan cherry growers are already reeling from a record-cold winter, but now historic late-spring/early-summer lows combined with the recent damaging rains have seen the farmers take exceptionally measures to save their ripening fruit.

With just weeks before harvest, orchards up and down the Okanagan are hiring helicopters to blow away moisture from the sugar-swollen fruit. Pooling rain can cause fruit to swell, breaking or splitting the delicate skin and potentially spoiling the cherry,

“Hiring helicopters is not something we undertake lightly,” said Sukhpaul Bal, cherry grower and president of the B.C. Cherry Association. “They are very expensive, and if there were another way to save our crop, we would.”

The powerful downdraft of a helicopter’s rotors is highly effective at removing rainwater pooling in the stem bowl of cherries. Blowers attached to orchard tractors can also be used but the process takes 40 to 50 minutes an acre, compared to the 5 minutes it takes for a copter. However, the cost is high, says Bal — between $1,000 and $1,600 per hour of flying time.

Fruit growers throughout the Okanagan region are warning that orchards and vineyards hit by winter’s record-low temperatures could see yields drop by as much as 50% this year.

These fears chime with last years, when a sudden freeze again forced B.C. cherry growers to employ the use of helicopters.

–An increasing phenomenon, it appears.

Blizzards Batter Australian Alps

Yesterday was another very cold day across the southern half of Australia.

So cold, in fact, that myriad of weather stations posted their lowest-June-highs on record.

These include, Munglinup, WA; Port Augusta, SA; Snowtown, SA; Kadina, SA; Murrage Bridge, SA; Yarrawonga, VIC; Shepparton, VIC; Portland, VIC; Cape Nelson, VIC; and Dartmoor, VIC.

Note also with Shepperaton, the Bureau of Meteorology inexplicably raised yesterday morning’s observed low by 1.1C, and in doing so denied the town a new all-time record:

What the BoM can’t deny, however, are the blizzard conditions currently pounding the Aussie Alps.

Alpine resorts received a healthy dumping last week, with the snow depth at Spencers Creek –for example– measuring almost 60cm (2 ft). And with the forecast pointing to another 50-or-so centimeters (20 inches) hitting by next Tuesday, resorts are expected to receive enough snow to open up extra swaths of terrain.

It even snowed at Western Australia’s Bluff Knoll this morning (June 23):

All this Aussie snow is painting a similar setup to last year, which wound-up being record-breaking bumper season with snowstorm after snowstorm delivering 1.2m (4ft) of snow in June, culminating in a peak depth of 2.3m (7.5ft) by September.

Despite this real world data, however, the AGW juggernaut must of course be maintained. Mountainwatch editor Reggae Elliss recently said, “climate change means the ski seasons are starting later and finishing earlier.”


Again, no explanation or data required, ThE ScIeNcE iS sEtTlEd.

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