May Frosts Ruins Canada’s Apple-Picking Season
A host of Ontario farms are lamenting a period of frigid nights earlier in the year, particularly late-freezes in May, which have all but ruined their apple-picking seasons.
Villeneuve farm, located in Clarence-Rockland, would typically need 100 apple trees to open the farm to the public. This year, only 10 have borne fruit.
“With this, we’re closed now for picking. We didn’t open in the fall at all,” said owner, Michel Villeneuve.
The apples that have grown, Villeneuve continued, while perfectly fine to eat, also aren’t the best looking — covered in marks from the sun and rain. The farm’s pears and grapes have also been badly affected.
A season’s last freeze typically occurs in April, before the fruit starts to bud. This year, however, the month of May delivered three separate nights of harsh, late-season frosts.
Officially, Ottawa’s airport logged -3C (26.6F) on May 18, though it dipped much colder in the sticks, of course.
Even frost-hardy crops suffer in such temperatures. Readings below -2.2C (28F) take as much as 10% off an apple orchard’s yield if the buds have reached their pink stage, and below -4.4C (24.1F) –temps suffered by farms like Villeneuve’s– can kill 90%.
The risk global warming brings to the industry is considered “high”, with that expected to rise to “very high” by 2050, reads a 2023 Ontario agricultural ministry report–likely drawn up in crayon. The report labels heat, precipitation and frost as being the key factors — meaning the biggest problem posed to Ontario farmers will remain “weather” as it has been for time-immemorial.
Villeneuve said this is the third troublesome year in a row, with a 2021 freeze and a 2022 derecho also wreaking havoc.
“With all of these things happening in the last two, three years, we’ve been really rethinking on how to operate,” Villeneuve said. “It’s really affecting us. So we have to rely on things that are more durable.”
Much work has been done to diversify the crops on the small farm, which has been in the family for 120 years.
Nevada’s Cold-Weather Deaths At High Levels
Northern Nevada housing advocates are calling on authorities to tackle the region’s high cold-related deaths figures.
The calls to action come after a record-tying number of people have already died in 2023 for reasons ‘involving hypothermia’, according to the Washoe County Medical Examiner and Coroner’s Office (whose data reflects deaths in 9 counties).
Temperatures have already dipped below 50F (10C) this month, reminding Northern Nevadans that winter, despite the incessant AGW propaganda, will still arrive, and soon.
“This is not a distant threat,” housing advocate Tara Tran said during the Sept 13 Reno City Council meeting. “Any death, any injury that happens because of the cold, know it’s completely preventable and that prevention starts here.”
The data indicates something shocking, too — only 36% of the hypothermia related deaths to hit these 9 counties served by the Washoe County coroner were of people ‘without a fixed address’, meaning the vast majority were people with residences.
This increase in hypothermia deaths is bigger than Northern Nevada, it’s part of a nationwide surge that started in 2021.
According to a study published by the National Library of Medicine, the U.S. experienced 1,500 deaths because of hypothermia in 2021. This is a stark increase from previous years, and the cause isn’t understood. The money, unsurprisingly, isn’t all-that interested in funding the research: cold-related deaths are on the increase across America — who’s agenda does that serve, nobodies.
Washoe County officials are reluctant to even open 24-hour warming centers before the usual date of Nov 1, calling the idea ‘cost-prohibitive’, even though temperatures in Northern Nevada routinely sink below 40F in October.
Campaigners sought this early opening as well as the re-opening of the community resource center as a ‘low-barrier’ shelter for women and young families. Shelters catering to these demographics often fill faster than large, communal shelters. However, officials rejected this proposal, too.
Researchers at Bloomberg estimate that it will take an extra $200 trillion–give-or-take a trillion–to get the world to “net zero.” Surely that money would be better spent lowering the cost of energy, rather than increasing it (via the needless eradication of cheap and reliable fossil fuels) in order to help the most vulnerable survive the harshness of winter…
The UN, however, is determinedly dragging us kicking and screaming in the other direction:
October Threatens Polar Blasts Across Both Hemispheres
Looking at the charts, the standard ‘transitional periods’ for each hemisphere are forecast to be marked by cold.
Starting in the southern hemisphere, New Zealand is already copping a full-blown polar blast this week, though swathes of Australia could join it by October 3 or 4, according to latest GFS runs:
Similarly for Southern Africa, after mid-Sept’s record-breaking cold, another ‘whip’ of Antarctic air has been gripping the region this week (fig 1), with something of a repeat potentially on the cards during the first few days of October (fig 2):
While across South America, the freeze playing now (for central nations such as Paraguay) will be followed by another ascending mass of ‘blues’ around Oct 6:
The northern hemisphere is where things get interesting, though, with vast regions forecast substantial pools of cold air.
Starting with transcontinental Russia, the early-season freeze felt there this week looks set to intensify and expand across Siberia as the calendar flips to October, with anomalous cold forecast to sink as far south as Kazakhstan and Mongolia…
…with separate pools of polar air persisting across the likes of the Middle East, India and even northeast China:
Looking west, much of Europe is also bracing for an early-taste of winter by Oct 9–but note: forecasts are in the unreliable time-frame here (of 200+ hours out) and we’ll have a clearer picture closer to the time:
While traversing ‘the pond’, past a very cold Greenland, the United States is set for tumbling temperatures, too–but again: the U.S. outlooks should be taken with a pinch of salt given they are for 210hrs and 312hrs, respectively (though the situation certainly warrants a close eye):
There are a myriad of atmospheric mechanisms/forcings strongly suggesting that this northern hemisphere winter will be a cold and snowy one, marked by strong Arctic outbreaks (aka ‘Polar Vortex).
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