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Green Energy Poverty Week

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 11:54

Callous environmentalist pressure groups perpetuate misery, joblessness, disease, starvation and early death. – Paul Driessen

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The eight-day stretch between April 22 and 29 will showcase Earth Day (aka Lenin’s birthday), the March for Science and the People’s Climate March. Liberal protesters intend to “demonstrate” to President Trump and the world how much they hate his energy agenda … and how they will no longer tolerate the ways government officials “skewed, ignored, misused and interfered with science” during the Obama era.

Receiving far less media fanfare was another important week-long event, April 17-23: Green Energy Poverty Week. It helped draw attention to the multiple ways wind, solar, biofuel and other “renewable, eco-friendly” energy policies send electricity and fuel prices skyrocketing, kill jobs, hammer families – and in developing countries perpetuate poverty, misery, disease, malnutrition and death.

Paul Driessen chronicles some of these intolerable, inhumane consequences.
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Green Energy Poverty Week

A week dedicated to topics that underscore impacts environmentalists don’t want to discuss

By Paul Driessen

April 22 was Earth Day, the March for Science and Lenin’s birthday (which many say is appropriate, since environmentalism is now green on the outside and red, anti-free enterprise on the inside). April 29 will feature the People’s Climate March and the usual “Climate change is real” inanity.

The Climate March website says these forces of “The Resistance” intend to show President Trump they will fight his hated energy agenda every step of the way. Science March organizers say they won’t tolerate anyone who tries to “skew, ignore, misuse or interfere with science.”

Killing jobs and economic growth

After eight years of government policies that killed jobs and economic growth – and skewed, ignored, misused, obstructed, vilified and persecuted science and scientists that strayed from alarmist talking points, to advance a climate chaos, anti-fossil fuel, anti-growth agenda – that piety is arrogant hypocrisy.

But their theater of the absurd gets worse. Some March for Science leaders were outraged that the recent MOAB bomb dropped on ISIS terrorists shows “how science is weaponized against marginal people.”

The rhetoric also recalls the annual Earth Hour, when people in rich countries are supposed to turn off their lights for 60 minutes, to repent for the sin of using fossil fuel, nuclear and hydroelectric power to electrify our homes, businesses, schools and hospitals. I personally promote Human Achievement Hour, by turning on extra lights, to celebrate humanity’s incredible innovations and advancements these past 150 years, our modern living standards, and the right of all people to improve their lives and life spans.

I was a campus organizer for the very first Earth Day, in 1970, when we had serious pollution problems. But since then we’ve cleaned up our act, air and water. Environmentalist groups, modelers and Obama regulators ignore these advances, real climate science and the Real-World climate outside their windows.

Causing perpetual poverty, disease, malnutrition and premature death in developing countries

Far worse, while claiming to care deeply about the poorest among us, they ignore the harm their policies inflict: soaring electricity prices, fewer jobs, lower living standards in the West – and perpetual poverty, disease, malnutrition and premature death in developing countries. We pay more and more each year for de minimis further improvements in environmental quality, combined with ever-expanding government and activist control of our lives, and steadfast opposition to reliable, affordable energy in the Third World.

That’s why some folks who actually care about poor, minority, elderly, working class and developing country families again designated April 17-23 as Green Energy Poverty Week.

For industrialized nations, “green energy poverty” refers to households in which 10% or more of family incomes is spent on natural gas and electricity costs – due to policies that compel utilities to provide ever increasing amounts of expensive, less affordable, politically preferred “green” energy. It’s a regressive tax that disproportionately affects low and fixed income families which have little money to spend beyond energy, food, clothing, rent and other basic needs. Every energy price increase hammers them harder.

Callous environmentalist pressure groups perpetuate misery, joblessness, disease, starvation and early death. 

Beyond our borders, the concept underscores the lot of families that enjoy none of the living standards we take for granted. They have no electricity or get it a few hours a week at random times, burn wood and dung for cooking and heating, and spend hours every day collecting fuel and hauling filthy water from miles away. Corrupt, incompetent governments and constant pressure from callous environmentalist pressure groups in rich countries perpetuate the misery, joblessness, disease, starvation and early death.

Wind and solar mandates are unfair, unsustainable and inhumane

In the United States, green energy policies affect the poorest households three times more than the richest households. In fact, rising electricity prices affect all goods and services, for all electricity users: homes, offices, hospitals, schools, malls, farms and factories. With 37 million American families earning less than $24,000 per year after taxes, and 22 million households taking home less than $16,000 post-tax, it’s pretty obvious why wind and solar mandates are unfair, unsustainable and inhumane.

Unbelievably, one million mild-weather California households now live in green energy poverty, the Manhattan Institute reports. In fact, the once-Golden State now has the USA’s highest poverty rate, thanks largely to government requirements that one-third of the state’s electricity must come from “renewable” sources by 2020, and one-half by 2030. No wonder California’s rising rates are already nearly double those in Kentucky and other states that use coal and natural gas to generate electricity.

Tesla electric cars also reward wealthy buyers: with free charging stations, access to HOV lanes, and up to $10,000 in combined tax rebates. They require batteries made from lithium dug out under horrendous or nonexistent environmental, health, safety and child labor rules in Africa. The batteries cost $325 per kilowatt-hour – equal to $350 per barrel for oil (seven times the April 2017 $50.40-a-barrel price).

Spreading California policies across the United States would send the cost of heat, lights, AC, internet, and all goods and services soaring. Jobs would disappear, living standards decline, depression rates increase, drug and alcohol abuse climb, and more people die from poor health, drugs and suicide.

Over in Europe, electricity prices are double California’s current rates: 30-45 cents per kWh! Green energy policies are hammering jobs, industries, healthcare, family budgets and future prospects.

Cutting back on food to pay for electricity

British families pay “a whopping 54% more” for electricity than average Americans. Nearly 40% of UK households are cutting back on food and other essentials, to pay for electricity. One in three UK families struggles to pay energy bills. Up to 24,000 elderly Brits die from illness and hypothermia each winter, because they cannot afford proper heat; many are forced to choose between heating and eating.

In Germany, 330,000 families had their electricity cut off in 2015, because they could not pay soaring bills. In Bulgaria, 50% of average household income is spent on energy. Greeks are cutting down trees in protected forests because they cannot afford heating oil; hundreds of thousands of acres are being destroyed across Europe for the same reason. A tenth of all EU families are now in green energy poverty.

It’s infinitely worse for billions of parents and children in Earth’s poorest regions. In Africa, India and other impoverished regions, more than two billion people still burn firewood, charcoal and dung for cooking. Millions die from lung infections caused by pollution from these open fires, millions more from intestinal diseases caused by bacteria-infested food and water, more millions because medicines are spoiled and healthcare is primitive in clinics that don’t have electricity, refrigeration or window screens.

In Uganda, “entrepreneurs” burned a village down, killing a sick child in his home, to turn the area into new forest so that the country could claim carbon credits to prevent climate change. Chad’s government banned charcoal, the mainstay for cooking in that nation, out of absurd concerns about climate change.

Poverty is undeniably the worst environmental pollutant

Africa’s desperate families hunt and cook anything that walks, crawls, flies or swims, endangered or not. They have cut down trees and brush for miles around cities and villages – turning cheetah and chimpanzee habitats into firewood and charcoal. Poverty is undeniably the worst environmental pollutant.

For the wealthy and increasingly powerful radical environmentalist movement, it is no longer about addressing real pollution problems, protecting the environment or improving human health. As UN climate officials have proudly proclaimed, it’s really about ending fossil fuel use and capitalism, redistributing the world’s wealth, and controlling people’s livelihoods, living standards and liberties.

Of course, it’s all meant to save people and planet – from exaggerated or fabricated climate cataclysms and resource depletions. But ponder the Real-World consequences during Green Energy Poverty Week.

Environmentalists profess to care deeply about America’s and the world’s poor and middle classes. But their policies and actions too often speak far more loudly than their words. We might be forgiven for asking, With friends and protectors like these, do the world’s poor really need enemies?

Paul Driessen is senior policy analyst for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (www.CFACT.org) and author of Eco-Imperialism: Green power – Black death.

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Possible crippling snow for Denver next weekend

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 20:08

“Watching possible huge-impact storm next weekend,” warns meteorologist Dr Ryan Maue. “Severe weather and crippling snowfall including Denver — heading into May.”

“Denver may get blasted with a lot of snow next weekend,” agrees meteorologist Joe Bastardi. “Their biggest storm of the season is on the table. The upper air pattern looks ripe for that.”

“Here are 3 sources watching the increasing possibility that there will be a big snowstorm in the West including Denver next weekend,” says reader Kenneth Simmons. “I relocated from NYS to Denver CO Metro, therefore my interest is heightened.  The NWS at Denver is putting out colder forecast for the weekend each day and now talk of snow with thunderstorms for the period in the Metro area in the long-term forecast. That replaces forecasts of rain yesterday and they day before.”

Watching possible huge-impact storm next weekend, cranks up with severe weather and crippling snowfall including Denver — heading into May. pic.twitter.com/qIDfH99Jyf

— Ryan Maue (@RyanMaue) April 23, 2017

http://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=BOU&issuedby=BOU&product=AFD&format=CI&version=1&glossary=1

At weatherbell.com scroll down and click on “Saturday Summary.”

Meanwhile, weather.com is calling for rain next weekend.

Thanks to Kenneth Simmons for these links

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April snowstorms in Turkish cities

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 19:10

See lots of photos.

Snowfall in Turkish cities – 23 Apr 2017

https://www.dailysabah.com/gallery/life/april-snowstorms-in-turkish-cities/7

Thanks to emviem for this link


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Italy – I have never seen something like this, neither my mother

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 15:32

“In all the northeast of Italy farmers lighted fires to warm the vines, not only in Friuli as shows the photo you posted,” says Italian reader Dr Mirco Poletto.

“This article tells about Belluno in the Alps in Veneto, but also in the plains this system was used.

“In many years I never seen something like this, neither my mother.

“A couple of nights ago in Francenigo, in the plains where I live, at the border between Veneto and Friuli, temperatures almost hit 0°C.”

Fires in Italian vineyards 22Apr17 – Courtesy Mirco Poletto “An unusual frost in the province of Belluno: Night of fires to save the vineyards”

BELLUNO. Fire in the vineyards: to warm the screws. Agriculture fight against frost back in this April “abnormally cold”, as defined by the Arpav. And to avoid incalculable damage to fruit trees and other productions already sprouted in the hot weather of the past few weeks, also it comes to light the bonfire to prevent freezing up gems. Agriculture in the alert, ready to count the damage of these unexpected frosts. (Google translate)

See entire article:
http://corrierealpi.gelocal.it/belluno/cronaca/2017/04/22/news/un-gelo-anomalo-in-provincia-di-belluno-notte-di-fuochi-per-salvare-le-vigne-1.15228129

Thanks to Dr Mirco Poletto for this info

“Maybe they could pump CO2 over the vines to keep them warm?” says Robert.


 

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The climate changes – It always has and always will – Joe Bastardi

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 14:53

21 Apr 2017 – No one in their right mind would say they are against “The March for Science,” says meteorologist Joe Bastardi. (The Earth Day protest marches.)

“First of all, you are standing against the right of people to march for whatever cause they wish. Second, you would be portrayed as someone who is against science.”

“I am all for science. I think the climate changes. It always has and always will. Yet I have been portrayed as anti-science and a climate change “denier” by many who will be marching for things I certainly believe in.”

No linkage between CO2 and temperature for 550 million years

Bastardi goes on to display a graph showing no linkage between CO2 and temperature for the past 550 million years.

“They ignore the obvious,” says Bastardi. “The planet has always had temperature swings — larger than this and independent of CO2 — that should make any person searching for the truth skeptical as to how much CO2 contributes.”

I will not be going to the March for Science,” says Bastardi. “I rather doubt I would be welcome and so I would have to go in a disguise for fear of being torn limb from limb from the open tolerant marchers. ”

Joe Bastardi is chief forecaster at WeatherBELL Analytics, a meteorological consulting firm, and contributor to The Patriot Post on environmental issues.

See entire great article:
https://patriotpost.us/opinion/48675

Thanks to Val Robins and Dean Koehler for this link


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Solar ovens and sustained poverty for Africa

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 13:25

Forty-five minutes to boil some eggs.

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In this article, Ugandan college student Steven Lyazi explores efforts by a number of companies and entrepreneurs to bring solar ovens and photovoltaic panels to Uganda and other African countries.

As Steven points out, these technologies are much better than the open fires Africans currently rely on. However, most families live on a few dollars a day and cannot possibly afford the ovens and panels. Worse, too many of these retailers and environmental activists seem to believe a little solar or wind power for villages and cities in Africa should be enough, or all they should aspire to.

Steven doesn’t accept that and notes that Africa has big dreams. It is no longer content to be a poor, neglected stepchild or former colonial region, while the rest of the world moves forward. But to advance, Africa needs abundant, reliable, affordable energy, especially electricity.

 

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Solar ovens and sustained poverty for Africa

African families and hospitals cannot rely on limited solar power, instead of electricity

By Steven Lyazi

Solar technology in Africa, including my country of Uganda, would bring good news to millions of people who today must use firewood, charcoal and dung for cooking. Millions of Africans die from lung infections caused by breathing fumes from these fires, millions more from eating spoiled food, drinking contaminated water and having spoiled medicines, because we don’t have electricity, sanitation or refrigeration. What we do have in abundance is extensive, sustained poverty.

Solar technologies could help Africa, because this multi-purpose energy can cook food, light homes, charge cell phones and even power tiny refrigerators. Even simple solar ovens can help reduce our deadly traditional ways of cooking. Renewable energy from wind turbines can deliver even more electricity to billions around the world who still don’t have this amazing, essential energy.

Those are huge benefits, and I applaud them. In addition, we can install little wind and solar systems faster than we can build big power plants and transmission lines to remote areas.

However, we must not look at wind and solar as anything more than short-term solutions to fix serious, immediate problems. They do not equal real economic development or really improved living standards. Our cities need abundant, reliable electricity, and for faraway villages wind and solar must be only temporary, to meet basic needs until they can be connected to transmission lines and a grid.

Only in that way can we have modern homes, heating, lighting, cooking, refrigeration, offices, factories, schools, shops and hospitals – so that we can enjoy the same living standards people in industrialized countries do (and think is their right). We deserve the same rights and lives.

That is why I react strongly to people and organizations that think wind and solar electricity and solar ovens should be enough, or the end of our progress, and everyone should be happy that their lives have improved a little. I do not accept that. But I see it all the time.

At least a dozen companies are selling solar ovens and other solar technologies in Uganda. There’s Blazing Tube Solar from Hawaii and Home Energy Africa, which sells Dutch products. Green Energy Africa is registered in Kenya. It says its renewable energy systems “provide electricity without depleting the earth’s limited resources.” (Of course, those systems generate very limited electricity and require raw materials that are limited in quantity and must be dug out of the earth and turned into products using fossil fuels. But we’re not supposed to think about that.)

There’s also Solar point Uganda Limited, Energy Made in Uganda, New Age Solar Technologies Ltd, New Sun Limited, Solar Assembly Plant for African Villages, and other companies.

Some just want to make money, and leave. Others plan to stay for years. They can help solve some of our electricity, cooking and indoor air pollution problems. But these are all just short-term solutions. We need real energy, real electricity – a lot of it, reliable and affordable. What we are offered is very different.

I watched a Blazing Tube Solar demonstration and asked some questions. Their system has a long shiny metal trough that holds a tube filled with vegetable oil. The hot oil heats up a small oven at the top, to bake bread and cook other food. It has handles and wheels, so it can be moved easily. The cooker is mostly metal, so it should last a long time. But it can take 45 minutes to boil some eggs, and it costs $260.

Most African village families live on a couple dollars a day and can hardly afford food for their children. They cannot afford $260, or even $100 for some other systems. So they watch the sales presentations and admire the cookers. But they are frustrated or angry that they cannot afford them. I saw this when I traveled to the northern, eastern and central parts of Uganda.

Another problem is the sunlight. Even in Uganda, which is on the equator, the best sun comes from October through February. Other times of the year, it’s not as good because of clouds and rains. So the solar companies mostly come around when the sun is best and their ovens perform the best.

When it’s cloudy for several days, families cannot cook at all, unless they have solar cookers that actually run on electricity from photovoltaic panels on their homes. But those systems are even more expensive, and the battery power only lasts a couple days. Then families have to go back to wood, charcoal and dung. (Small diesel generators would be a huge improvement, but they too are unaffordable for most.)

Parents are very aware of the deadly respiratory diseases. But they have no choice. And many just prefer the cheaper traditional means of cooking and surviving than the fancy, expensive solar innovations.

A major local preacher for solar energy stoves is a Ugandan native who now resides in Chicago, Mr. Ron Mutebi. He used part of the $100,000 he won at the African Diaspora Marketplace competition at an Africa Infrastructure Conference in Washington. The conference was sponsored by the Corporate Council on Africa, Western Union, USAID and President Obama’s Forum with Young African Leaders. Mr. Obama often said Africans should use wind, solar and biofuel energy instead of fossil fuels.

But I worry that Mr. Mutebi has forgotten how many people are starving, have no money, try to earn a living by digging metal ores with their hands, and almost have to feed their children with grass and dirt. Uganda’s New Vision newspaper recently reported that over 10 million Ugandans in seven districts are starving and many animals are dying of hunger. This sustained poverty and starvation cannot continue.

Many people also don’t know that Africa has some big dreams. One is a Trans East Africa railway that will link Uganda, South Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda and Horn of Africa countries. This will be a first of its kind electric railway, some 750 kilometers (466 miles) long, and it will need tremendous amounts of energy that cannot come from wind turbines and solar panels.

It will have to come from nuclear power plants – or coal or natural gas generating plants. Africa has these resources in great abundance. But so far we are barely developing or using them, except maybe to export oil to wealthy nations. We should use them. Right now, most of our natural gas from oil fields is just burned and wasted right there. Why not build gas pipelines to power plants to generate electricity for millions? Why not build nuclear and coal plants, and hydroelectric projects like the Bujagali and Karuma Dams on the Nile River in Uganda? Mostly because powerful environmentalist groups oppose these projects. They care more about plants, animals and their own power, than about African people.

What is an extra degree, or even two degrees, of warming in places like Africa? It’s already incredibly hot here, and people are used to it. What we Africans worry about and need to fix are malnutrition and starvation, the absence of electricity, and killer diseases like malaria, tuberculosis, sleeping sickness and HIV/AIDS. Climate changes and droughts have been part of our history forever, and modern energy and technology would help us cope with them better in the future. We must stop focusing on climate change.

African governments are not doing enough to build the energy, transportation and communication systems we desperately need. They are not standing up to Europeans, global banks or environmentalists who oppose big power plants in Africa. They need to do better at helping their people.

Our leaders also need to remember that Europe and the United States did not have a World Bank or other outside help when they modernized and industrialized. They did it themselves. National and local governments, groups of citizens and businesses, and various banks and investors did it. They invented things, financed big projects, and built their cities and countries. China and India have figured this out.

Now Africa needs to do the same thing – and stop relying on outsiders, bowing to their demands, and letting them dictate our future. We have the energy and other natural resources, and the smart, talented, hardworking people to get the job done. We just need to be set free to do it.

Steven Lyazi is a student and worker in Kampala, Uganda. He served as special assistant to Congress of Racial Equality-Uganda director Cyril Boynes, until Mr. Boynes’ death in January 2015. He plans to attend college and help his country and Africa get the energy and living standards they need and deserve.

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Earth Day’s Dirty Secret

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 18:18

“Ira Einhorn took the life of one woman, while the movement that he had a hand in founding seeks to steal the life from all of us.” – Ken Anderson

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On this anniversary of Earth Day, it is only fitting to speak of Ira Einhorn, an active participant at the first Earth Day event in Philadelphia in 1970.

1979 mugshot and a 2001 mugshot taken upon his return to the U.S. – Wikipedia

Not only a participant, Einhorn claimed to have been instrumental in creating and launching the event.

However, as Ken Anderson points out in the Magic City Morning Star:

 “You won’t find Ira Einhorn’s name listed in any of the Earth Day promotional literature, as the organizers have taken great pains to distance themselves from this man, at least since he became better known for composting his girlfriend in a trunk in his closet for a couple of years in the late 1970s.”

“After bludgeoning his girlfriend of five years to death, fracturing her skull in a dozen places, Ira stuffed her body into a trunk, which he packed into a closet where it remained until discovered by the police nearly two years later.”

“…Ira Einhorn took the life of one woman, while the movement that he had a hand in founding seeks to steal the life from all of us.”

See entire article:
http://www.hawaiifreepress.com/ArticlesMain/tabid/56/ID/2023/Ira-Einhorn-Earth-Days-Dirty-Secret.aspx


 

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Austrian farmers fight for survival – SPÖ official laughs at their suffering

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 14:46

Desperate fruit growers using candles to warm their trees.

Surprising return of winter

22 Apr 2017 – Snow and night frost are killing the young plants that have already flowered, especially the fruit trees.

Large parts of the harvest are at stake along with the very existence of many farmers in the fruit and juice sector, especially in Upper Austria.

Farmers fight against frost damage

The peasants are trying to defend themselves against the surprising return of winter with the most creative means.

In the grapevines in Upper Austria, farmers are trying desperately to warm the apricot trees with candles or by burning woodchips.

In other regions they work with heat blowers, wile winemakers in wine regions are igniting straw bales in their gardens.

Red functionary finds it amusing

Meanwhile, SPÖ politician Klaus H. finds finds this all very amusing. On Facebook the Voest works council: “Juhu !!! In Austria there is snow in April! Now our peasants can moan and moan again. Did the prayer on Sunday have brought something? ”

Last year’s late spring cost farmers 200 million euros.

https://www.wochenblick.at/kaelte-drama-spoe-mann-lacht-ueber-leid-der-bauern/
https://www.wochenblick.at/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/kaelte-drama-spoe-mann-lacht-ueber-leid-der-bauern-2.png

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for this link

“SPÖ is the Social Democratic Party of Austria,” says Argiris.  “The Dutch MSM does not bring this news about spring snowfall and cold in Europe, but whenever there is a wildfire in Australia, they make it headline news.”

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Up to two meters of new snow in Austrian Alps

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 14:26
Record snowfall. The most snow EVER in the second half of April.

Severe winter weather led to chaos on Austrian roads, power failures, and panic among wine growers on Wednesday evening and Thursday. In the east of Austria came record snow. In the mountains there was as much snow as never before in the second half of April.

According to the Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG), Lunz am See recorded 86 cm (almost 3 ft) of snow on Thursday. The west was partly covered in deep snow, but far from a record.

Up to 2 meters (6′-6″) of fresh snow (!) fell in the Lower Austrian Alps, mostly in the Ybbstaler and Türnitzer Alps. The avalanche danger is extremely high, warned the avalanche warning service of the country.

Also in Upper Austria there have been up to 150 cm (5 ft) of fresh snow – mostly in the Totengebirge, the Ennstal Alps and the Upper Austrian pre-Alps.

In the Styria region between the mountains of Gesäuse and Hochschwab, fresh snow fell to almost 2 meters. In the east, avalanche warning level 4 of the five-part scale applies.

http://www.wetter.at/wetter/oesterreich-wetter/Bis-zu-2-Meter-Neuschnee-So-weiss-ist-Oesterreich/279083519

Thanks to H.B. Schmidt for this link


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Lighting fires in Italy to keep grapes from freezing

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 11:01

“I want to share with you what happened last night in Italy,” says reader.

Italy Freezing – 21 Apr 2017 – Courtesy Alberto Cattarin

“Wine producers had to light fires near the grapes to save them from the temperature gone below 0°C.”

Thanks to Alberto Cattarin for this info and photo


 

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Numerous temperature records fall in Switzerland.

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 10:52

It was never so cold in the second half of April.

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According to the weather service MeteoNews, the weather in the second half of April has never been so cold in at least six places, at least since the start of the measurements. Among them are Visp in the canton of Valais, where it has been measured since 1959, and Arosa in the canton of Graubünden, which has been measured since 1931.

The temperatures were clearly below the freezing point on Thursday night, in Visp about minus 5.5 degrees and in Arosa about minus 12.8 degrees.

http://www.wetter.at/wetter/welt-wetter/Kaelte-Rekord-in-der-Schweiz/279064552

Thanks to H.B. Schmidt for this link


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More record lows in eastern Canada

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 10:43

One record goes back to 1870.

NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

Record low temperatures on April 20, 2017:

Badger
New record of -18.0 C (-0.4 F)
Old record of -12.2 C (10.0 F) set in 2015
Records in this area have been kept since 1956

La Scie
New record of -9.3 C (15.3 F)
Old record of -8.2 C (17.2 F) set in 1985
Records in this area have been kept since 1959

Terra Nova (National Park)
New record of -8.3 C (17.1 F)
Old record of -7.9 C (17.8 F) set in 2015
Records in this area have been kept since 1962

 

NOVA SCOTIA

Sydney
New record of -9.1 C (15.6 F)
Old record of -7.8 C (18.0 F) set in 1964
Records in this area have been kept since 1870

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/weathersummaries_e.html

Thanks to Terry Homeniuk for this link


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Snow apocalypse in Moldova – Videos

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 10:37

21 Apr 2017 – Videos showing the damage caused by the unprecedented snowfall in Chisinau, Moldova.

“This kind of snowfall has never happened since they’ve been recording weather data for Moldova in 120 years,” says reader Victor. “It was a shock for local people who recorded this event in detail.”

(I think the first video is the most impressive, with the added advantage of not having to listen to the God-awful music. – Robert)


White Snow Apocalypse in Moldova

Thanks to Victor for these videos


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Unbelievable snowfall in Romania, Moldova and Ukraine – Video

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 13:35
“I’m from Moldova and I’m 36 years old,” says reader.

“What is happening now it has never happened in my life. The amount of snow is incredible.

“We are not talking about March. We are talking about the end of April when normal temperatures are in the low twenties Celsius.

“This is unbelievable what is happening in Romania, Moldova and Ukraine at the moment.

“Google the news.”

Here’s a short video from Moldova dated 21 April 2017:


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Snow collapses more than 500 power poles in Serbia

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 13:25

Up to a meter of snow has also “completely destroyed orchards.”

More than 1,000 homes in Ljubovija are without electricity on Friday after more than 500 utility poles in the area collapsed under snow.

Up to one meter of snow in some higher lying areas has also “completely destroyed orchards”, said Milovan Kovacevic, the mayor of this municipality in western Serbia.

http://www.b92.net/eng/news/society.php?yyyy=2017&mm=04&dd=21&nav_id=101085

Thanks to Aleksandar in Serbia for this link


 

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More record lows in the Maritimes

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 12:27

Some records go back to the 1870s, when Ulysses S. Grant was president of the United States and Sir John A MacDonald was Prime Minister of Canada.  (See comments for yet other names in Canada.)

NEW BRUNSWICK

Weather summary by Environment Canada.
Record low temperatures on April 19, 2017:

Bouctouche
New record of -6.3 C (20.7 F)
Old record of -6.2 C (20.8 F) set in 1992
Records in this area have been kept since 1965

Moncton
New record of -7.7 C (18.1 F)
Old record of -7.2 C (19.0 F) set in 1961
Records in this area have been kept since 1881

Saint John
New record of -7.0 C (19.4 F)
Old record of -5.6 C (21.9 F) set in 1925
Records in this area have been kept since 1871

 

NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

Badger
New record of -19.9 C (-3.8 F)
Old record of -13.2 C (8.2 F) set in 2009
Records in this area have been kept since 1956

Corner Brook
New record of -14.9 C (5.2 F)
Old record of -10.0 C (14.0 F) set in 1939
Records in this area have been kept since 1933

Daniel’s Harbour
New record of -12.2 C (10.0 F)
Old record of -10.2 C (13.6 F) set in 1991
Records in this area have been kept since 1946

Deer Lake
New record of -20.3 C (-4.5 F)
Old record of -11.9 C (10.6 F) set in 1991
Records in this area have been kept since 1933

Gander
New record of -10.1 C (13.8 F)
Old record of -8.3 C (17.1 F) set in 1955
Records in this area have been kept since 1937

La Scie
New record of -12.9 C (8.8 F)
Old record of -10.0 C (14.0 F) set in 1985
Records in this area have been kept since 1959

St. Anthony
New record of -15.7 C (3.7 F)
Old record of -11.8 C (10.8 F) set in 2009
Records in this area have been kept since 1945

Twillingate
New record of -8.5 C (16.7 F)
Old record of -7.8 C (18.0 F) set in 1955
Records in this area have been kept since 1950

 

NOVA SCOTIA

Cheticamp
New record of -7.7 C (18.1 F)
Old record of -6.8 C (19.8 F) set in 2015
Records in this area have been kept since 1956

Greenwood
New record of -7.0 C (19.4 F)
Old record of -5.0 C (12.0 F) set in 1948
Records in this area have been kept since 1914

Halifax – Stanfield
New record of -8.0 C (17.6 F)
Old record of -6.4 C (20.5 F) set in 2001
Records in this area have been kept since 1953

Parrsboro
New record of -9.3 C (15.3 F)
Old record of -7.2 C (19.0 F) set in 2005
Records in this area have been kept since 1897

Sydney
New record of -8.8 C (16.2 F)
Old record of -6.8 C (19.8 F) set in 1977
Records in this area have been kept since 1870

 

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

Charlottetown
New record of -8.9 C (16.0 F)
Old record of -7.2 C (19.0 F) set in 1977
Records in this area have been kept since 1872

 

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/weathersummaries_e.html

Thanks to Terry Homeniuk for this link


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Desperate farmers trying to save their crops

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 17:33

Freezing temperatures threaten wine and fruit harvest in Central Europe. Over 90 percent loss of apples in Germany.

Parts of Central and Eastern Europe have been hit by more than 30 centimeters (one foot) of snow in recent days.

Many German and Swiss winemakers are struggling to save their crops from freezing.

German orchard owner Herbert Sailer says that more than 90 percent of his crop is lost. It’s a bitter pill to swallow, says.

Some of his colleagues are trying to encapsulate fruit tree buds in ice, while others use helicopters to prevent the cold air from lying in the fields.

http://www.dr.dk/nyheder/vejret/desperate-vin-og-frugtavlere-kaemper-mod-frostvejr-med-ild-og-helikoptere

Thanks to Ole Jensen for this link


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Winter returns to Russia and Europe – Cold records broken

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 17:16

Anomalously cold weather – Temperature below the norm by 4-8 degrees.

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19 Apr 2017 – Snow fell in some regions last night and cold records were broken.

While in the Asian parts of Russia spring is in full swing, even ahead of schedule, in the European part of Russia and in Europe the temperature does not reach 4-6 Degrees.

The reason is that the Atlantic cyclones have chosen a southern route. And along the atmospheric fronts are not only rains, but also snow! Snow on the eve fell in the Volga and in the Black Earth. In fact, a number of European countries were covered in snow, even Germany.

Cold records broken

In Russia, the weather records updated Smolensk (where the air cooled to -6.8 degrees) and Tula (-6.5)!
The neighbors scored Vilnius (-5.8), Mogilev (-5.7), Bobruisk (-6.8) and Ivano-Frankivsk (-4.8).

The cold will continue for several days. Below-zero temperatures during the night hours are expected in most of Europe (from the Urals to the Pyrenees) all week!

In some places (mainly in mountainous areas) it can reach -10 degrees! Yes, and in the daytime in Central and Eastern Europe will not be above +5 degrees.

Spring is still delayed!

http://www.meteo-tv.ru/news/Kommentarii-sinoptika/V-Rossiyu-i-Evropu-vernulas-zima/

Thanks to Martin Siebert for this link


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Winter invades Poland – In mid-April

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 16:03

Thousands of homes without electricity, roads buried.

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20 Apr 2017 – The Government Security Center announced on Thursday morning that some 34,000 customers were without power. Repairs in some regions may take until Friday.

The worst situation was in Silesian province, which received tens of centimeters of wet snow. Trees broke under under the weight, breaking many power lines and hindering traffic on the roads, even on the railways.

The most snow fell in the northern part of the region – in the vicinity of Czestochowa and Klobuck.

In Czestochowa, fallen trees crushed several cars.

In turn, the cars on the road just got bogged down in the snow. According to the governor crisis management center, some roads and highways in Silesia were passable on Wednesday morning, but at night traffic was difficult or even blocked due to fallen trees or trucks.

The situation on the roads is “awful.”

Friday in Poland can be forecast in two words: it is “freezing” and “white.”

See video and lots of photos:
http://tvnmeteo.tvn24.pl/informacje-pogoda/polska,28/atak-zimy-w-wielu-regionach-kraju-snieg-powoduje-powazne-utrudnienia,190979,1,0.html

See video:
http://tvnmeteo.tvn24.pl/informacje-pogoda/polska,28/atak-zimy-w-polowie-kwietnia-tysiace-domow-bez-pradu-zasypane-drogi,229760,1,0.html

Thanks to Harnaś in Poland for these links


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Winter comeback – Snow chaos in Austria

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 15:36

Football game cancelled due to heavy snow. New snow even in Vienna

18 Apr 2017 – “Extremely turbulent weather. “Winter comeback.”

In March, temperatures rose to more than 25 degrees, meteorologically giving Austrians the first summer day of the year.

Now comes frost, with snowfall between 400 and 900 meters.

On Tuesday morning Reutte saw six cm of snow, while 20 cm fell on the mountains at Feuerkogel (OÖ) and 40 cm at Sonnblick (Sbg.)

During the night on Wednesday, Linz and Vienna were also haunted by the white splendor. In Vienna, the western district (Höhenstraße) was sweetened.

Football cancellation. Also the first league match between Liefering and Wiener Neustadt had to be cancelled on Tuesday evening after only 28 minutes of playing time because of the strong snowfall!

http://www.wetter.at/wetter/oesterreich-wetter/Schnee-Chaos-Neuschnee-sogar-bis-Wien/278639922

http://images05.wetter.at/liefering.jpg/278.637.646

http://images01.wetter.at/sport.jpg/278.642.443

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for these links


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