Russia –  Unexpectedly strong winter returns

Freezing poses a risk in the southern European territory.

In the Krasnodar region and Adygea on the nights of 13 and 14 March the ground froze and air temperatures dropped to -1, -2 degrees. The freeze poses a risk to early blossoming apricots and plums. 

Morning frost could also endanger emerging winter wheat seedlings. 

Continued cooling is forecast for 15 and 16 March in the south of Russia in the Krasnodar Region. On March 15 temperatures are expected to drop to -3 degrees, and on Wednesday -4 degrees is possible in Adygea.

Thanks to Martin Siebert for this link

“This is a great problem that can become a trend in agriculture,” says Martin. “For me it’s an indicator. A warning of a real climate change (natural), a powerful force that will trigger food prices. Many economies will plunge year after year.”

10 thoughts on “Russia –  Unexpectedly strong winter returns”

  1. In Saratov, a city with a Wolga river port, it will be a lot colder.
    “Weather in the region: snow, blizzard, and to -17 C”
    This week, the weather in the Saratov region will be unstable cyclonic character. Almost daily operation region will be expected precipitation in the form of wet snow, rain, drizzle, strong winds, snowdrift phenomena. March 15 night in -7, -2, -5.0 day. In Saratov, -5, -3, -3, -1, respectively. Wednesday, March 16, will be the coldest day of the week. A night on the field in some places the temperature will drop to -17, Saratov is -8 -6. Day -3 + 2 near zero. March 17 in the region is projected -5.0 night, day -2, +3.

  2. Europe currently has an unusual meridional Jet stream flow, with a large High pressure system parked over the UK- North Sea area, curling the Jetstream around three quarters of its diameter and pointing the Jet down into France. A Low parked over the Eastern Alps will then curl the Jet towards the Balkans over Italy.
    This air stream will bring significant snow to Central Europe and rain to North-western Germany. The Snow will then filter down over the European Alpine regions as far as Spain.
    The UK will remain in a cold Airstream, with possible frosts by night and warm during the Midday/Afternoon periods dependent on cloud cover. The remains of the showers over Germany will flow over the UK in bands.

  3. Farmers need to make adjustments in the kinds of crops they grow as the climate changes, but in this country, with ice age deniers in charge of the federal govt, they probably won’t until it’s too late.
    Maybe they will do better in Russia.

    • I don’t think adjustments will work here, there’s to few farming way to much and they don’t have time to get it all in the ground no matter whats planted. Many have had to go to bank for more money last 2 yrs here, loan banker told me. And we have a generation that knows 4 things, spray-plant-spray-combine. They are set up for for nothing else. I can’t believe the amount of farmers that can’t even grow a garden but they can grow sweet corn in the field if it’s roundup ready, that makes it easy. Solar min. may be more than just interesting, if we make it.

  4. This is something that happens everywhere every few years: a warm, early spring bringing the fruit trees into blossom. Then a sharp frost.

    It’s happened regularly in the UK throughout the 50 years of my life to date. It’s never totally wiped out crops, but it has affected overall yield.

  5. Erzurum, Turkey, March 15, 2016, with video:
    Heavy snowfall hits Turkey’s Erzurum
    Turkey’s eastern province of Erzurum has been receiving snowfall as of Monday evening, which paralyzed transportation on Tuesday.
    Locals were surprised to have snow in the month of March. Many villages were closed to transportation and students had difficulty in reaching their schools. Municipal teams are working to remove snow on the roads.

  6. Snow covers blossomed trees in central Turkey. CIHAN | NEVŞEHIR – March 15, 2016 with video:
    Snow covers blossomed trees in central Turkey.
    Snowfall which started in the late hours of Tuesday has covered blossomed trees in central Turkish province of Nevşehir. While snowfall is intermittently continuing, people who went out from their home to go their businesses and schools surprised a lot when they saw the white blanket in the early morning hours.
    Almond, plum and apricot trees which blossomed due to hot and sunny weather condition stayed under a white layer. Snow covered blossomed trees formed picturesque scenes caused joy among people except fruit producers.
    Since one month, Turkey’s touristic destination of Nevşehir had been observing hot and sunny days which caused trees to have blossomed. With the beginning of the cold weather conditions, a drastic temperature fall is being observed across the city where the temperatures was measured 5 degrees Celsius in the midday while it was measured minus 8 in the night. The weather temperature had been 16 degrees Celsius two days before. Some people mainly fruit producers has started brood over their trees which are under threat of frost.
    Meanwhile the dimension of damage caused by snowfall and freezing cold weather will be measured in the coming days.

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