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onlooker wrote:Well, power outages seem most dangerous and likely considering how much snow and the level of wind. As for whose most at danger not necessarily in this order: homeless, idiots and greedy people in the stock market haha
Cog wrote:onlooker wrote:Well, power outages seem most dangerous and likely considering how much snow and the level of wind. As for whose most at danger not necessarily in this order: homeless, idiots and greedy people in the stock market haha
Turn the machines back on!!
No it was a good size storm but nothing I haven't seen before. There was one in march 1968 IIRC where it took the town crew three days to plow us out with a bulldozer because sections of road were drifted bank to bank six feet deep.onlooker wrote:So anything strange about this latest N.Easter, or just weather being weather ?
Those snow banks were three feet high so that drift right in front of me on the right was from four to five feet thick. Also drifted snow has had the lacy structure of the snowflakes as they fell broken down into smaller granules and is much denser per cubic foot then new fallen snow. I moved through that drift in one pass but when I took the picture I wasn't at all sure of how much trouble it would be.onlooker wrote:Looks like a good foot and half or two. Yes nothing really odd. But if it begins happening in April on a regular basis , I may have to become an Ice Age convert haha
This week's bitter cold snap killed about half of Washington's beloved cherry blossoms, and the survivors are now expected to peak at the end of next week, the National Parks Service said Friday.
Freezing temperatures that had abruptly followed unseasonably warm weather had the nation's capital fearful for its more than 3,000 prized Japanese cherry trees, a major tourist draw.
The mercury dip to about 23 degrees Fahrenheit (-5 degrees Celsius) "killed virtually all of the blossoms that had reached 'puffy white'"—the late stages of the bloom cycle—NPS spokesman Mike Litterst said in a statement.
He had told AFP earlier this week that the damage would begin when the temperature dropped to about 27 degrees Fahrenheit (-2.5 degrees Celsius).
Litterst said the other half of the cherry blossoms were at earlier stages in the bloom process, and just five percent of those appeared to be damaged.
"Peak bloom"—the time when 70 percent of the Yoshino trees are in full flower—around Washington's Tidal Basin is now difficult to predict because the death of so many blossoms has distorted NPS models.
The Apple Freeze Risk tool shows minimum temperatures for the most recent 30 days, provides a 6-day temperature forecast and shows the current stage of development in tree varieties. Apple trees are currently dormant, and only a sustained period of 25 below zero temperatures can damage this season's crop. But as days warm, the buds' tolerance for freezing lessens.
"The benefit of this tool is that a farmer can access information about a specific location anywhere in the Northeast, and can get detail to within a 2.5-mile grid of their orchard," said Allison Chatrchyan, director of the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions. The institute established the Cornell Climate Smart Farming (CSF) program, which is developing tools to support individualized, real-time and data-driven management, through what's known as "Digital Agriculture".
"With climate change already occurring, our winters are getting warmer, and farmers are asking us for specific tools and information about what they can do to reduce the risks on their farm, including from freezes," Chatrchyan said. "The apple tool was built based on stakeholder input, and with the help of our NYS CSF Extension Team, which is training farmers about climate risk and adaptation."
"Temperatures will be around 2 to 5 degrees below normal for the time of year over the UK and 4 to 7 degrees below normal for northern mainland Europe.
"Heavy snow and blizzard conditions will affect northern Scotland, with snow showers affecting much of the eastern coast of Britain early next week as well as parts of the west coast exposed to the northerly winds
The arctic weather comes just a fortnight (2 weeks) after the country bathed in highs of 25.5C during the hottest day of the year so far on April 9, although thermometers have only reached 18.3C in the days following.
We will see the first of this icy weather this weekend, as overnight temperatures will begin to plunge before the low pressure system moves in Monday.
A late spring frost that hit French vineyards is threatening the harvest in Champagne and Burgundy, winegrowers warn.
"It's really tricky because the frost hit when the grapes were just forming," FNSEA spokesman Jerome Despey told AFP, saying the fruit could wither on the vine.
The cold snap with temperatures as low as minus six degrees Celsius (21.2 degrees Fahrenheit) has also affected vineyards in the Loire Valley and Languedoc-Roussillon in the deep south, Despey said.
Burgundy, home to popular Chablis wines, saw a similar freeze last year.
The cold snap will also hurt the harvest in the eastern Jura region, famed for its sherry-like vin jaune (yellow wine), Jean-Charles Tissot, chairman of the local wine marketing council, told AFP.
"The damage could reach 40 to 50 percent" of the harvest, he said.
Champagne makers fear that they have again lost a significant amount of their potential grape harvest after plunging temperatures caused severe late-spring frosts in France's premier sparkling wine region, as well as in other vineyard areas of the country.
- Frost fears across France after sudden drop in temperatures after bud-break
- Champagne vineyard managers report losses of more than 20% in some areas and 50% in others
- Growers face pressure after ‘fatal’ frost in late April for second year in a row
This means that local growers could face intense financial pressure, because as overall reserves in the region are at all-time low.
Olivier Horiot, a winemaker in Les Riceys, estimated that 40 to 50% of the potential 2017 harvest in the region has been wiped out.
‘Last night, temperatures dropped to -6 degrees celsius in some places, and they remained this low for most of the night. This combination of prolonged severe frosts is fatal for the young buds.’‘We lost just about all of our Chardonnay last night, and had big losses in our Pinot Noir vineyards as well. Our first impressions are a potential loss of 70%, which is more than we suffered in 2003.’
Frédéric Minière, who is based in Hermonville, also reported losses up to 80% in his Chardonnay vineyards.
Temperatures again dipped below freezing on Thursday night (20 April).
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