France – Persistent cold slows planting

France was battered by brutal cold during the second half of April and first half of May — the key planting window — with the mercury hitting all-time lows.

France is the third largest corn exporter in the world, meaning a delayed or poor harvest will have a pronounced impact on global markets.

Severe frosts have been widespread from the lowlands to Brittany to South Ouest, with farmers regularly lighting frost-fires in an attempt to protect fragile crops.

On May 6, the nation averaged its coldest May morning since 1979, at 2.5C (36.5F).

A fresh bout of frigid air is forecast to plunge into central Europe next week, likely persisting through the remainder of May.

Thanks to Peter G for this link

14 thoughts on “France – Persistent cold slows planting”

  1. This spring reminds me of my youth in the 70’s. Currently we are running 20 degrees below normal in northern Nevada. Snow in the Sierras tonight. Scenes from Mammoth yesterday look like mid winter!

  2. We will be fighting in the streets for food, etc. Here, near Custer, Montana, our high yesterday was 38; today it was 36. Overcast, rain and a little snow for several days. Can’t plant gardens in the mud or much of anything else.

  3. France was really cold indeed recently. Very unusual weather for France. News are focusing on heatwaves that are shortly lived. The long periods of cold are much longer now. Spring in Europe was unusually cold, especially in April and May.

    By the way recold cold temperatures took place in Kazahstan.

  4. Stories the same here in southern Ontario, Canada. Doesn’t make the mainstream news, because food is not really very important. Our temperatures have been below normal, but it is wet that is the biggest problem.

    I’m pretty sure that the AGW folks will tell you that cold and wet is exactly what you can expect with global warming.

  5. I live in Limousin, central France, we have had a relatively mild winter but a cold Spring. There has been snow at higher altitudes virtually every week. Last week I was eating a Corsican Grapefruit for breakfast whilst watching reports of snow in Corsica on The News

  6. Europe needs to shift back to cold season crops. Barley, oats, rye, kale, peas, fava beans. Thinds that sprout at just above zero C and mature well in Scottish highlands and Sweden climates.

    Learn to embrace haggis and kale salad with a side of sauerkraut and rye bread.

  7. Winter returns to the Rockies in mid May – May 19th, 2019 –
    National Weather Service Denver CO May 19 2019


    A strong storm system will move into Colorado on Monday and
    continue to affect the area into Tuesday. This system may bring
    heavy snow to the mountains and northern foothills, impacting
    travel with snow covered and slushy roads.

    Rabbit Ears Pass-
    Rocky Mountain National Park and the Medicine Bow Range-
    The Mountains of Summit County, the Mosquito Range, and the
    Indian Peaks-The Northern Front Range Foothills-
    Including the cities of East Slopes Park and Northern Gore
    Ranges, Gore Pass, Rabbit Ears Pass, Cameron Pass,
    Laramie and Medicine Bow Mountains, Rabbit Ears Range,
    Rocky Mountain National Park, Willow Creek Pass, Berthoud Pass, Breckenridge, East Slopes Mosquito Range,
    East Slopes Southern Gore Range, Eisenhower Tunnel, Indian Peaks, Kenosha Mountains, Mount Evans, Williams Fork Mountains, Winter Park, Estes Park, Glendevey, Nederland,
    and Red Feather Lakes


    * WHAT…Heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations of 8 to 16 inches possible with up to 20 inches in some mountain
    areas. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

    * WHERE…Rabbit Ears Pass, Rocky Mountain National Park and the Medicine Bow Range, The Mountains of Summit County, the Mosquito Range, and the Indian Peaks and The Northern Front Range Foothills.

    * WHEN…From Monday afternoon through Tuesday afternoon.

    * ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Travel will be hazardous with snow covered and slushy roads. Secondary roads may see more difficult travel conditions due to more significant accumulations of heavy, wet snow.

  8. It is not merely France that is being hit by cold and rain, that turns fields into slop and delays planting. The American west is way behind schedule, with the window-of-opportunity between first frost and last frost shrinking. Last I heard only 10% of Illinois was planted. Soy and corn futures are currently low, due to tariff squabbles with China, but could go through the roof if the bad weather doesn’t quit.

  9. Snowing in Mogollon Rim of Arizona. This is supposed to be incredibly dry time of year. It’s winter basicslly in the Rockies, border to border. Rain in deserts of Arizona.

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