Italy – Snow and cold could cause 50 percent agricultural losses

Damages in the millions with the potential for far more.

MeteoWeb has other links to the Italian agricultural impacts from all the snow and cold with losses up to 50%:

“It is another ugly blow to Verona’s agriculture, hit again a week after the hailstorm that damaged the crops of the Basso Veronese, from soybeans to corn to wheat,” stressed Andrea Lavagnoli, president of Cia Agricoltori Italiani Verona. “The season starts badly and this cold does not help, because it blocks the vegetative growth of the plants and delays the ripening of the fruit .”

The final comment reads:
“Hail has marked all the fruits, which will therefore be depreciated. And if we think that in 2018 the second-choice fruit was valued at 5 cents, then it is clear that those who have been damaged by hail will have thrown away their work.”

Damages in the millions with the potential for far more:

“The anomalous wave of bad weather accompanied by frost and snow jeopardizes the vegetable and vegetable harvests of the Garfagnana and Lucca areas and worries farmers.”

“The account for agriculture could rise exponentially because with low temperatures for several days even plants, from citrus to olive trees, may be compromised.”

At least two more weeks of “anomalous” (below normal) temperatures for the Iberian peninsula, warns Italian Air Force:

Thanks to H.B. Schmidt for these links

5 thoughts on “Italy – Snow and cold could cause 50 percent agricultural losses”

  1. In looking at the Met office charts for the rest of this week, the major low is due to dump rain over the rest of this week.
    Its cold front will move South East to the Northern Apline regions and then move eastward to a line from Sweden (Gotland) to the Bosphorus.
    This late winter weather is not unusual for a Grand Solar Minimum.

  2. Extreme WEATHER, the incredible anomaly in Europe against the rest of the world

    An exceptional winter has literally shocked the weather in Europe in the last few days with snow and frost all the way to the plains, which is also part of a recent spring trend that is really characterized by truly dramatic temperature changes.

    Suffice it to recall that at the end of April, the precocious heat and dust of Saharan origin impinged on a large part of the continent. But earlier the late frosts had affected several parts of Western Europe.

    What has happened in recent days, however, is even more exceptional. In short, there was the perfect cold wave, the one that in winter would have brought an apotheosis of frost and snow, with all the right joints that allowed air masses so cold to break down to the Mediterranean, still remaining exceptionally rigid for the current period.

    The whole European continent has suffered a little from this formidable Arctic eruption, as can be seen from the map of thermal anomalies referring to Monday 6 May. The area of ​​South-Eastern Europe is an exception, areas where the contrast of the cold with warmer air has also caused terrible hailstorms.

    In addition to the vastness of the cold anomaly in Europe, the great contrast with the surrounding areas stands out. In fact, the cold in Europe is being offset by the heat on the Russian region, especially in the Asian sectors, but the climate of these days is very hot even between Greenland and the Arctic.

    We note the prevailing heat also on the African continent, apart from the northernmost areas reached by the arctic cold that sank on the Mediterranean, making its effects felt between Tunisia, the north of Libya and north-eastern Algeria.

    Published by Mauro Meloni

    Record weather in France: even secular cold limits exceeded

    WEATHER CHRONICLES: as it was in the forecasts, the temperatures have collapsed over the whole of France, following the influx of arctic air, and, according to the measurements of the minimum temperatures recorded yesterday, May 6th, there have been cold records on numerous locations.

    Unfortunately, temperatures below zero constitute a serious danger to vegetation and the firing of paraffin-based fires has started on all the main vineyards, as happened last April.

    The lowest minimum occurred in Barcellonnette, in the Alpes de Haute Provence, on the eastern border with Italy, where the thermometer fell to -6.9 ° C, exceeding the previous historical record of -6.5 ° C dating back to May 1979.

    In Romorantin, a French town 85 meters above sea level, in the Loire, a famous producer of grapes for white wine, the temperature collapsed to a dangerous (for vines) value of -3.8 ° C.

    In this case the new historical cold record for this month was established, prior to -1.7 ° C on 2 May 2017, the record was therefore exceeded by more than 2 ° C.
    Historical record that was also established in Gueret St. Laurent, 365 meters above sea level, with -2.8 ° C.

    Instead the record was only touched on at Alencon, with -1.6 ° C, against a value of -2 ° C reached on 8 May 1974, in this case the database is very long and starts in 1932.

    In Rodez, a city located in the south of France, the temperature dropped to a value of -2.7 ° C, breaking a record of -1.9 ° C reached on 9 March 1974.

    Here the temperature database dates back to 1846, so it was the lowest temperature recorded in May in the last two centuries.
    ‘In full global warming, are fake news?’

  3. Nitpick?
    The Iberian peninsula is south of the Pyrenees; south of the Alps is the Apennine peninsula…

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