Sweden – Many newborn reindeer calves have frozen to death

“With the unusually late, cold and rainy spring in the mountains, reindeer husbandry has been hit hard,” says this article from Swedish News Dagens Nyheter. “Many newborn calves have frozen to death, causing great economic losses for many reindeer owners.”

“In the Wilhelmina southern village, around a third of reindeer calves froze to death. The snow is still there in some places in the mountains.”

“The snow will not go away this summer unless we have a record hot August,” says Sami village chairman Tomas Nejne.

Latest spring in living memory

“I have not been through this extremely late spring in living memory, so it’s probably more Sami villages affected,” says Jorgen Jonsson, chairman of the Swedish Sami’s Federation.

Jonsson does not know how extensive reindeer calf death is because many reindeer owners have not been able to brand reindeer calves.

So much for global warming.


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Thanks to Bjorn Sefeldt and Perdavid Nygren for these links

Google translation from Swedish News Dagens Nyheter (with some of Bjorn’s words added for clarification).

14 thoughts on “Sweden – Many newborn reindeer calves have frozen to death”

  1. Enjoy Europeans, this is probably one of the last hot summer in Europe, well in South East Europe.
    Spring came very late in almost all Europe not only in the North.

    So, can anyone guess how next winter will be?

  2. —I have a feeling that in my own country, Britain, even in the south where I live 30 miles SW of London, the snow will start in October.

    Let’s see if I’m right…

    • in Eastern Europe we had October snowfall for 2 years in a row, this will probably be the 3’rd.
      Since there was no summer in UK and it’s already August, i think you might be right.

  3. here friends want to look at the raw data for the north atlantic sea tempatures to see how realy cold and want to were the gulf stream is truely go NOAA sat raw data heres the link I think this help towards are next iceage big time along with low solar out put and volcanoes go to this link have a real good it shock you

    RTOFS (Atlantic) Nowcasts/Forecasts

  4. Hi Bob I sent pictures of the raw data from NOAA to post here I Bob its interesting friend and the link for poeple to see it just copy and paste on your web search engine it bring it up just go in and see you watch the currents and stuff behaving in real time motion updated daily there. Its just interesting thats all im surprise NOAA has not tampered with this raw data shock

  5. poor little things,
    however that leads to the obvious, which is if its so damn cold now, and the snows still on ground in past midsummer, then they would have probably starved to death a bit later due to lack of grass etc that they rely on. the survivors can draw on mums milk for a while but not long, then feed for them is going to mean them beginning to range further, with associated risks of using energy but finding no food. get some hay bales out in their known tracks, and hope.

    • Laurel: Canadian caribou eat mainly lichens, at least in the winter. Lichens take many years to grow to a size that makes a mouthful. They also grow on trees below the tree line.

    • The fact that there are hot spots and heat wave in some places doesn’t mean that the general climate is not getting colder.
      But that’s the part that NASA (and others) won’t say anything about.

  6. No sign of summer here in Norway either. We even had several days with snowfall in middle of june at sea level!!
    Now it has been several years in a row with shitty summers and extreme winters that coincidence with low solar activity.

    Looking at long term forecasts just makes me even more depressed with zero sign of any summer even though summer normally ends here in second week of august.

  7. Interesting, I was just watching a documentary that featured reindeer herders worried that global warming would mean their grass lands filling in with shrubs and small trees. Guess it will be the opposite, hopefully they move their animals south for next season.

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