‘Climate Change’ Clobbers French Wine Crop

Walter Sobchak writes:

Unseasonable late April weather damaged vineyards in France and England

Photo by: John Hodder – Collection CIVC

They warned us that the delicate vineyards could be severely damaged by man caused global climate change. We wouldn’t listen and see what we got:
French Bordeaux vineyards could lose half of harvest due to frost on Sat May 6, 2017

REUTERS BORDEAUX, France “Bordeaux vineyards in southwest France could lose about half of their harvest this year after two nights of frost damaged the crop at the end of April, a wine industry official said on Saturday. … Wines from the Cognac, Bergerac, and Lot-et-Garonne regions had also been affected … ‘For Bordeaux wines…we estimate that the impact will be a loss of about 50 percent, depend on how many buds can regrow'”
English vineyards report ‘catastrophic’ damage after severe April frost

GUARDIAN.COM “Chris White, the chief executive of Denbies Wine Estate in Surrey, said up to 75% of its crop was damaged by last week’s sub-zero temperatures: “The temperature dropped to -6C and at that level it causes catastrophic damage to buds,” he said. White said staff had worked in vain using special fans and heaters to protect the vineyard, which at 265 acres in the UK’s biggest, after an Arctic blast swept across the UK. … ‘It’s been a stark reminder of the difficulties faced by wine producers in the country, and yes … at this moment we are asking ourselves whether we were mad to try and grow vines in England,’ said Wenman”

WINESPECTATOR.COM French Winemakers Weathering Worst Frost in 25 Years

Cold weather struck France’s young vine buds again this week, and Bordeaux is the latest region to suffer frost damage. Farther north, Burgundy and Champagne also weathered cold conditions and frost. Damage reports are incomplete so far, mainly because winegrowers have been busy preparing anti-frost measures.

Bordeaux’s Right Bank Hit Hard
“We can already estimate that we have lost nearly half of the potential crop,” said Xavier Coumau, president of Bordeaux’s Syndicate of Wine and Spirits Courtiers.

Many are calling it the worst frost since 1991, as temperatures dropped to nearly 26° F in some spots. Damage has been reported on the Right Bank, including in Pomerol and St.-Emilion—though the plateau of St.-Emilion was spared—as well as Pessac and Graves and even up in the western edge of the Médoc.

“It is rather dramatic,” Stéphane Derenoncourt, proprietor of Domaine de l’A in Castillon and consultant to dozens of Right Bank estates, told Wine Spectator. “Only the plateau and the tops of slopes are spared. There is damage everywhere, sometimes 100 percent. We haven’t seen everything yet, and it is fo

We need to learn that the truly insidious thing about Climate Change is that it just doesn’t mean the world is getting warmer, it also means that frosts will occur in late April in locations as far south as Green Bay, WI.

 

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260 thoughts on “‘Climate Change’ Clobbers French Wine Crop

      • We need to learn that the truly insidious thing about Climate Change is that it just doesn’t mean the world is getting warmer, it also means that frosts will occur in late April in locations as far south as Green Bay, WI.

        No, that is the really insidious thing about AGW propagandists: whatever happens it’s “just what climate models predicted”. ie any weather event of any type is interpreted as backing up what they’ve always said. Except that “what they’ve always said” changes as often as the direction of the wind.

      • This is why vine growing in Britain dropped out of fashion at the end of the MWP. Recent climate has been too susceptible to cold snaps. Despite man’s best efforts to make it more clement by burning everything he can find.

      • Greg,

        Clearly, we need to burn more, to promote the British wine industry and be good for plants, children and other living things.

      • Frosts as late as late April in Green Bay? That’s a joke, I’m sure. We’ve had killing frosts as late as the first week in May here in central and southern Virginia, several hundred miles south of Green Bay. When we lived in Superior, WI (a bit north of Green Bay, to be sure), the ice didn’t go out from the bay until June 10 one year, and May frosts, freezes, and snowstorms were not all that rare. When our son turned 1 year old (May 5, 1974), we had to put on his snowsuit to let him play in the snow. He enjoyed it.

        As for the frosts in France–surely those should be a thing of the past by now, in view of the constant and catastrophic warming of the climate. Sort of like snow in England–something our children would never see.

      • I’m just waiting for the day we can begin pineapple production in Poughkeepsie and Bananas, botanically a berry, in Buffalo. Hey, gotta look at the bright side.

    • I detect sarcasm. You fool. Don’t you know that until recently every day had a fixed, Gaia-ordained temperature? Men’s meddling with CO2 etc has disrupted her order. Thank goodness for those righteous folk who would save us from the sin of prosperity.

    • If we had listened to Hansen and accepted a radical change of society this would not have happened? Yeahhh!

    • Always remember hitting a French ‘Bar’ (Pub), on the FR/SP border (a few miles west of Perpignan) where the ‘locals’ took great pride in their photographs of snow. They wanted to make me feel right at home, me arriving from N England and all that.

      That was 30 years ago, the photos were 20 years old. That means that 50 years ago their ‘desert like’ world was ‘hit’ by snow. Back then they relied upon the grape harvest (probably still do to an extent). That’s why they remembered it so well.

      If we can’t promote Global Warming then any old change will do. Any old ‘fear’ will do.

    • Because AGW we are hastening the arrival of the next glacial age. You only need a prolonged time of good temperatures to start a new ice age. I wrote a sarcastic short story about a group of friends that got caught by a sudden freezing cold in a stone cabin in a mountain in April. It started to snow and to snow and later a frigid incredible cold came to stay. They were trapped in the cabin with plenty of food and wine, and firewood. The more enlightened of the group was blaming AGW for the extreme cold. It was so extreme the cold, that not even the batteries of the cars worked.

    • Makes me think of the jack rabbit Bugs Bunny cartoon with some poor duck getting a good clobbering.

      I haven’t heard that word ‘clobbered’ in many years, but it sure does make my brain feel like it has been clobbered by anti science pagans ready to burn us all at the stake for imagined persecutions by CO2. Or maybe is the result of too much wine last night.

      I am sure they will be sacrificing virgins to the climate gods soon, if not already.

      • The Green Meanies do indeed advocate child sacrifice to their bloodthirsty climate god.

      • Ron, the problem is a lack of resources that would be required to pursue a comprehensive, sustained program of virgin sacrifice. In other words virginity is not a renewable resource and many experts believe we are well past peak virginity.

    • Global, I don’t know, but continental Europe has certainly cooled off since the early 2000s peak.

      • Cold, wet spring across Canada as well. If Russia is similar that is a good chunk of the Northern hemisphere.

  1. Frosts in late April as far south as Green Bay? Honey, there was frost on my grass this morning, and i’m WAY south of Green Bay!

    So this means a lack of Beaujolais Villages next year? Bummer! I guess I’ll have to stick with that cheap Tuscan red with a nice nose. But what ever will I do for a good, hearty Burgundy? Bummer!!!

    • I think you’re in luck – the article didn’t mention Burgandy so expect to enjoy a nice Beaujolais nouveau in a few months!

      • They may rush a tatty Beaujolais nouveau as fast as they can but they can’t make with grape buds. You do actually need to wait for the grapes to form!!

      • Greg

        I’m taking your comment to imply there might, at some point, have been a non-tatty Beaujolais nouveau.

    • Frosts in late April as far south as Green Bay? Honey, there was frost on my grass this morning, and i’m WAY south of Green Bay!

      That’s what I was thinking. This Walter Sobchak obviously has no experience with Wisconsin. I lived there from 1971-2003 and can verify through personal experience that there were frosts virtually up to Memorial Day. It’s why we never planted our garden until Memorial Day weekend because we could be assured that the last frost had passed and the soil warm enough to plant. Yet my parents told me they had years where it snowed in early May.

      Am I surprised? No. It’s effin’ Wisconsin. We lived right on the 45th parallel, so when I read about Europe suffering from late-season frosts at the higher latitudes I’m actually surprised it doesn’t happen with more regularity.

      • Anthony left off the /sarc tag. Green Bay at 44°30’48″N is slightly south of the city of Bordeaux at 44°50’N.

        The climate of the French city is moderated by the Atlantic Ocean. I live in Balmy Ohio (40°N) where the low was 35 this morning.

      • My dairy farm is in the uplands of SW Wisconsin. Iowa County, just south of the River, across from Lone Rock. We plant corn mid April-early May depending on weather, but NEVER do the veggie garden until Memorial Day weekend. On the other hand, the early area trout fly fishing using nymphs is always wonderful so long as the streams are clear and not turbid from snow melt or rain. Trout are always hungry that time of year. The morel mushroom season is anywhere from late April to mid May, again depending on weather. Morels are a biological climate clock with about a 3-4 week uncertainty. My brother and his wife came up a few years ago from Atlanta for the ‘planned’ climate date weekend closest to 10 May. We got a pathetic handful. Next weekend I went up alone and got three large shopping bags full. Dried them down and sent some south as a weather apology. Such is Wisconsin.
        Heavy snows in the 1990’s for great snowmobiling gave way to pathetic snow cover and alfalfa winterkill in the 2000’s, to now again heavy snows and great alfalfa in the 2010’s.

      • Rud, we planted corn mid-April on a 55F day here in Jersey co IL and then got hammered with torrential rains and 40 degree nights for two weeks. 0 seedlings so far- looks like a replant year.

    • The climate change ideology should demand wineries be stopped immediately since they contribute so much to climate change and c02

      • Since the sugars which are fermented were only formed in the year of production, I don’t think you will find any long term addition to atmospheric CO2 because of the fermentation, if that is what you were trying to suggest.

      • Greg, does the same apply to all man-made processes that require fermentation? That, as you say, there is no long-term net contribution to the amount of CO2 up there in the sky?

        Large-scale Bread and Dough manufacturing on a global scale?
        Beer & Lager production worldwide?
        Soy Sauce?
        Yeast Extract (Marmite/Vegamite)?
        plus . . . .
        Kim’s suggestion (above) that wine fermentation might add a bit of CO2 as well.

        Not that it matters because, as we all know, no amount of increased CO2 is going to change the weather.

      • Greg, if we didn’t grow the sugars in wine grapes, wouldn’t there be less CO2 in the atmosphere? Now there’s a conundrum fer ya.

      • Negotiations have not started yet. We are still at the “shouting insults through the letterbox” stage.

      • Cepheus, as you know, we already do. Top UK wine consumption is mostly attributed to New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. In complete contrast (at the bottom) French and German wines very seldom move off the UK supermarket shelves these days, and sales of Italian wine is beginning to slow down.

        So all that political scaremongering about Brexit, trading with other countries, the dangers of pulling out of Europe is . . . . well . . . . er . . . . utter fantasy.

    • We need to learn that the truly insidious thing about Climate Change is that it just doesn’t mean the world is getting warmer, it also means that frosts will occur in late April in locations as far south as Green Bay, WI.

      aaaaaaaahhhhhh now i get it. I think they should listen a bit to the local sayings we got here in belgium.

      first one are what we coin as “aprilse grillen” (translation April’s moods) that coins to the fact that one day you can have 20°C and the day after melting snow and frost. Very typical for April here in europe. april was this year very moody indeed :) but well that’s why we heve that term we coin to it here.

      then in May we got what we call the “drie ijsheiligen” (translation “the three ice holynesses”. that are the three days of 11-14 May. That’s actually the limit of the -for plant and crops- dangerous night frost. May is usually here the “transition month: it still can start “moody as in April (and it does) and at the end of May the long sun cycle did warm the land and sea enough to temper the moods at the end of the month.

      we also got a weather saying that says “een lente vol met grillen geeft een zomer voor blote billen” transleted “a spring that’s moody makes the summer that warms your legs” so that points to the fact that a moody spring with not much warm days may increase the chances for a beautifull summer.

      it’s not always the case but in general those sayings turn out to be correct in 80% of the times. Let’s see what this year has in store….

    • Shhh! Last year I bought a glass of a California red wine far more expensive than is my habit, but differently good enough that I sought it out locally, and found it for $7.50/750 ml in case lots and is now my gifting wine. House vin ordinarie is a Chilean Pinot Noir for $3 or $4/750 ml box wine, it’s fine.

      • Spanish reds are good, if you get a Marques de Riscal Rioja red. Spanish white wines such as the Vina Godeval, not made with the Palomino grape, are flinty like the soil, but friendly and good for pollo en salsa poblano gratinada.
        Dadburnit, now I’m getting hungry!
        It’s wine. It’s good. And it’s good for you. Good for your soul.
        I know there are people in Michigan who make ice wine, letting the grapes run late and freeze before they harvest and press them.

      • “if you get a Marques de Riscal Rioja red”

        Have you ever seen a Rioja which is not red?

      • Greg,

        You didn’t ask me, but yes, I have.

        La Rioja is a region, not a color. Its name comes from the Rio Oja, a river. The Spanish word for “red” is “rojo”, so I can see how one might get confused.

        The region produces red (tinto), white (blanco) and rosé (rosado) grapes and wines. Among the tintos, the best-known and most widely used variety is Tempranillo.

      • Sorry, I did not mean to be unclear. A Rioja rojo is a red wine from the Rioja region of Spain, and it is quite good, and good for you. Sorry about that! Lo siento!

      • Back in the early 1990’s was travelling on MOT business to Silicon valley like once a week for 2-3 days. My divisional CFO and I on a lark each bought a futures case of Ridge Cabernet for delivery the next year (1993?). Think we paid (in advance) like $40/bottle. Very high end crazy risky stuff, since wine quality varies year to year. Enjoyed four bottles at significant events like my two children’s weddings, my Mot semi-retirement, and my 25th anniversary (we got divorced at 30 years). Just sold the remaining 8 bottles at auction in Chicago for $780 each! Wine is amazing.

        On the other hand, my (purchased during the same general time) magnificent large oil painting by Joshua Meador of the Ridge winery above Santa Clara (probably) is near priceless. Joshua was the lead Disney illustrator for Pinocchio. I was able to track down and buy two of his roughly 300 oils, both from the estate of his late wife. Both contain the signature ‘Pinocchio’ visual distortion. Gone up in value a lot more than the wine. Not for sale ever. His sketches sell for $1000 plus. His small oils sell for $2000 plus. His large oils never come on the public market any more the past two plus decades.

      • I buy non branded Rioja wine at the farmers market for about $1.5-$2 per liter in 5 liter boxes, not very often, though, since my main wine provider is my cousin. He produces wine for the family by the traditional way with no chemicals (sulphites) added. Not for sale, just for own consumption.

      • Regarding red & white wine, all grape varieties (afaik) contain white flash. Some have white and some red skin.

        The ‘red’ of red wine is therefore entirely from the skin, and white wine may be made from any red grape (whether a good wine or not) merely by not pressing the grapes enough to get juice from the red skin.

        I am quite a fan of white burgundy.

      • Sara May 7, 2017 at 2:34 pm

        Spanish for “red wine” is “vino tinto”, not “vino rojo”.

      • Chimp, I am not sure how much of what you say is pure sarcasim but just for the record, most White Burgundy is made from the Chardonay grape variety (a white grape). Sauvignon Blanc is a white grape variety (the name actually gives it away). On the other hand rather a lot of champagne (a wine style) is made from pinot noir (a red grape variety, just pressed very lightly). Most of the rest is made from Chardonay but not always exclusively. Pinot Noir is also the main red variety in the Burgundy region, and is the basis for most red Burgundy wines..

      • Rob,

        Yes, most champagne is a blend of pinot and chardonnay, usually with about 10% of something else.

        And, of course, you’re correct that the “wild white” grape has a green rather than red skin.

      • “Jer0me May 7, 2017 at 4:22 pm

        I am quite a fan of white burgundy.”

        Aye!

        And the basic lesser grade bulk bottle white burgundy makes for the finest chicken and fish soup bases!

        I much prefer to guzzle the good burgundies directly.

        I may need to check the basement larder tonight.

        A long time ago, one of my Brothers went into the navy.
        When he came home on leave once and actually had money; he went shopping for various wines.

        Several days later, he put the box into my Sister’s basement and then didn’t get much leave for the rest of his submarine tour.
        Well, he did, but where most people like to go home, he much preferred to visit Rome/France what have you.

        Though he did express displeasure at extended stays on Diego Garcia. At his request, I managed to ship him a 16/0 reel for shark fishing, but the military mail refused the fishing rod.
        Tim taped his huge reel onto a broomstick, hooked a shark and between him and the shark, lost his reel off the edge of Diego Garcia. Bloop.

        But this tale doesn’t go there.
        After years in the service, Tim took his honorable discharge, came and visited me and then went to visit our Sister.

        Somewhere over the next few days, Tim was reminded of his box of “cheap” wines by our Sister who suggested he get the wines out of her basement.

        Late that night, I got a phone call from my Sister.

        Her complaint? My Brother Tim, was grossly drunk, which is why “her Brother” had become my Brother.. After a little more nagging and threats, I agreed to come get him.
        Here I was thinking one drunk ex-sailor singing of his love for civilian life and women he was friends with.

        What I found what a mostly comatose Brother laying on the floor of the kids bathroom.

        I prodded my Brother’s body and asked my Sister if he had thrown up yet.
        No he hadn’t; so we dragged him into the shower and I refused to take him any further.

        Call me when he wakes up.

        Tim called me later the next day and asked me a few foolish questions many drunk people have the day following a mighty drunk.
        e.g. “Did I really chase an old lady last night?”

        All those feeble foibles of the mind where relatives try to fill brain cell voids with good story fallacies.

        So, I went back over to my Sister’s to pick up my Brother and his box of wines.

        My Sister did make it clear that she wasn’t in a forgiving mood for a Brother who threw up all over her shower or for the Brother who refused to spare her that fun.

        Tim surprised both of us with how good his cheap wines turned out from aging in a cool dry basement. Some of those cheap red wines were downright good. I enjoyed helping to drink some of them.
        Even the weak white wines had mostly improved with a few nasty exceptions.

      • You can get a really good liter of Chilean Sauvignon Blanc (cardboard Tetra-pak) for about 1800 Chilean pesos which is about $2.75 US. It’s a lot lot better than the US box wine and better than a lot of the cheaper Cali and Australia bottles. My friend thinks it’s priced so low (low taxes on wine) to keep a good part of the population drunk so they don’t complain too much. It’s working!

      • “Chimp May 7, 2017 at 4:28 pm

        “ristvan May 7, 2017 at 3:19 pm”

        OK,

        I now officially hate you.”

        Completely understandable.

        I like Geppetto better.

      • Sara, I guess the Spanish wines have improved over the decades. Many, many years ago they were generally poor.

    • Because of lovely WARM weather, Australia has had one a large and high quality vintage.

      One of my friends up the Hunter Valley says the quality will be amongst the best he has seen for a long time.

      All because of the lovely WARM weather.

      • But I wonder what’s happening to New Zealand wines, because a friend in South Island reckons that the last year has been bloody miserable. Cold wet winter and cool, wet summer. Out of season snows in both North and South Islands. All that – and earthquakes too!

    • Sacramento and the coastal cities are full of reds. Do you have a warehouse where we can send them? Regarding wines, $2-buck Chuck is now $2.99 Charles but still a good buy.

  2. We had two nights of sub freezing temperatures here in Colorado last weekend – 27°F.

  3. “The worst since” or the “worst ever” or “unprecedented”

    Must be climate change.

    With apologies to all the folks suffering damage right now but it is like the current flooding occurring in North America. “Worst in Decades!”

    [Thing] is, in terms [of] flooding – decades isn’t very long.

    One reporter noted one flood was the worst since 1998 or 19 years.

    Another larger flood in Quebec was the worst since 1974 – or 53 years.

    When we used to do flood mapping for development 40 years ago, we tried using a 1:200 year flood level for restricted development and a 1:100 for no new housing development with some exceptions where main floors were above the 1:100 and no basement development.

    Never flew. The Politicians who commissioned the work got so much flack that things were never implemented so on it goes. No one looks beyond a few years and their chequebook.

    Wayne

    • I’ve often said global warming is caused by poor memory. If people could remember back past last week, they would realize how silly “worst ever”, etc, sounds.

      It’s important to check where records come from. In Wyoming, Riverton records often only go back to 1996 I believe, when the records were moved from a different station. The actual website for the National Weather Service states this information, but news people rarely do.

      (Most seem to have forgotten the extreme flooding in the Midwest in 1993. Wiki calls them the “Great Flood of 1993. It flooded for months. Yet it’s so much worse now. Sure…….)

    • That’s what I don’t get. “Worst flooding in decades” shouldn’t mean much to anyone since we use the 100 year flood plain for insurance purposes, and we HAVE a 500 year floodplain that’s used for planning.

    • The flooding starts up a lot quicker now with everything paved over, and massive instant run off. Granted, this is probably a 50 or maybe a 100 year event when it is over. But even that gets misconstrued. A lot of people think a 100 year storm event only happens once every 100 years, but it really means that there is a 1% chance that it will happen any year.

  4. “it also means that frosts will occur in late April in locations as far south as Green Bay, WI.”

    Funny you mention that…

    ==================================================================
    URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE
    National Weather Service Green Bay WI
    1149 AM CDT Sun May 7 2017

    WIZ020-022-030-031-035>040-045-048>050-073-074-072230-
    /O.CON.KGRB.FZ.W.0001.170508T0500Z-170508T1300Z/
    Menominee-Door-Marathon-Shawano-Wood-Portage-Waupaca-Outagamie-
    Brown-Kewaunee-Waushara-Winnebago-Calumet-Manitowoc-
    Southern Marinette County-Southern Oconto County-
    Including the cities of Keshena, Neopit, Sturgeon Bay,
    Fish Creek, Sister Bay, Wausau, Shawano, Marshfield,
    Wisconsin Rapids, Stevens Point, Plover, New London, Waupaca,
    Clintonville, Appleton, Green Bay, Kewaunee, Luxemburg,
    Redgranite, Wautoma, Oshkosh, Neenah, Menasha, Chilton, Brillion,
    New Holstein, Manitowoc, Two Rivers, Harmony, Peshtigo,
    Porterfield, Crivitz, High Falls Reservoir, Loomis, Middle Inlet,
    Little Suamico, Sobieski, Brookside, Oconto, and Pensaukee
    1149 AM CDT Sun May 7 2017

    …FREEZE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 8 AM
    CDT MONDAY…

    * TEMPERATURE…Cold temperatures are expected tonight. By Monday
    morning, temperatures across the area are expected to drop to
    26 to 33 degrees, with the warmest readings right along the
    shoreline of Lake Michigan and the Bay of Green Bay.

    * Lighter winds may also allow for more frost formation than
    occurred Sunday morning.

    * IMPACTS…If left unprotected, cold-sensitive plants and crops
    may be damaged or killed.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

    A Freeze Warning means sub-freezing temperatures are expected.
    These conditions will damage or kill cold-sensitive vegetation.
    Such plants should be brought into a shed or garage for
    protection. If that is not possible, cover them with a cloth.
    &&

    $$

    Skowronski
    ==========================================================================

    • Snowing in upstate NY at this moment…11am May 8th. Frost warnings into southeast Ohio.

    • Last week beneath the never absent promise of

      “NWS’ New Version of Forecast coming soon!”
      came the red lettered warning link:

      “456 AM PDT Wed May 3 2017

      THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR the San Francisco and Monterey Bay Region

      . Day one…Today and Tonight

      Very warm temperatures can be expected today with 80s to mid 90s expected for inland locations. Closer to the water highs will be in the 70s to the lower 80s.”

      Along with the alarm came a picture of a sunny blue sky 83, a near cloudless moon with a low of 56 and a Thursday high of 71.

      Ahh, California, known to all as The Hazardous State.

  5. It was ~350 in 1991…..there’s no hope

    ….drink more beer

    Every decade or two south Florida gets a freeze….doesn’t stop anyone from whining about it….or growing mangoes and avocados and bananas ….suck it up and live with it

    • Here in SW Florida Friday and Saturday just past we suffered near winter like weather.

      • Winter in Florida. So highs in the 70s, lows in the 50s.

        Here in Central Florida we really enjoyed the cool blast. I open the window at night and turn the bedroom window fan on when it gets into the 50s. Any warmer and it’s A/C.

      • Below freezing a few nights in the last couple of weeks and frost expected the next two nights here in southern Adirondacks, latitude 43 degrees 30 min. – slightly south of Green Bay. Average monthly low for May is 24 degrees. Don’t plant garden yet.

  6. There’s going to be frost (south of Green Bay) here in central Ohio tonight (May 7-8). It’s not unusual. Heck, I remember a frost in early June here a few years ago.

    • People just don’t remember those things, I guess. It freezes and has snowed into June in Wyoming (Casper) and we’ve had frost in August. It’s all normal.

    • The funny thing is that when there is a bumper crop, prices fall, and then they cry about that too.

      More so for commodities like soybeans and corn rather than wine grapes, I think.

      Which reminds me of one of the saddest, most despicable news stories I have ever heard in my life—back when the French government decided to turn 150 million liters of wine into ethanol to be burned in cars:

      To think today of how valuable that wine would be to connoisseurs makes me sick to my stomach.

  7. More Inconvenient Truths, methinx, for the Alarmist morons.
    Remember that in Roman times, vineyards grew as far North as Newcastlein U.K…… the threshold for viability is now being pushed south to France. So much for “global warming”. Were it the other way round, we’d never hear the end of it from the Alarmists as “proof-positive”. By the same token then, here is “proof negative!”

      • Coastal South Carolina’s rice plantations from the 1800s border most all coastal rivers, now overgrown with wild coastal grasses especiallly designed to wrap around and interfering propellers of unsuspecting outboard motors who stray out of the channels.

    • don’t be fooled. Chilled wine is just a clever marketing ploy to disguise the taste of mediocre red wine. If a red is worth drinking it will be at its best between 14 and 18 deg C.

      • You are confusing ice wine with iced wine. We drink our ice wine at cool cellar temperature but with the cold spring in BC, the temperature of the Chateau Wogga Wogga may be below zero at room temperature. That is an iced wine, not an ice wine.

      • My Willamette Valley connoisseur friends keep their pinot noir refrigerator at 58 degrees F (14.4 C). It does taste better that cool, IMO.

      • I too lije a chilled red Pino Noir. It’s just about the only red I really like to drink in the tropics in summer for that reason. I often put reds in the fridge for a few minutes in summer anyway, when room temp is about 30C, reds get too warm.

  8. Seems history has repeated it self once again. Seems like I’ve read passages from the ancient books, of warm winters and then the wicked witch of the north comes down and sits on the area for a few days. Even better snow comes down to a depth one to three meters or more. All it took for the wheat of western Kansas and the cattle die off in Colorado to be loss was 20 inches.

    • geez…I wish that wicked witch could make up her mind. A month ago, that wicked warlock, Dr. M@nn was telling Congress “that cattle were being burned alive” in his opening statement about their new findings on Attribution of CO2 causing all those wildfires. I suppose CO2 does everything.

  9. None of the three news articles quoted in this post mentioned “Climate Change”, i.e. they were just responsible, factual news reports. Perhaps nobody told them that global warming can also cause cooling. I suppose the alarmist pundits took the weekend off, and no doubt they will be on hand tomorrow to explain how it’s all our fault.

  10. Europe isn’t through with the cold yet, so even if some of the buds regrow they might get clobbered again.

  11. Back in the good old days when we had bad weather, it was just that – bad weather. Now, of course, we know better. it isn’t bad weather, it’s climate change. Before there was climate change, the winters were always mild, the summers hot (but not too hot), and everything we needed grew on trees /sarc.

    Weather is a statistical phenomenon, which means that every now and then we get exceptional weather. In January 1998 eastern Ontario and western Quebec had an impressive ice storm (four continuous days of freezing rain) which brought down power lines and trees and left the place looking like the aftermath of a gigantic bombing raid. It was probably a hundred-year event.

    On a larger scale, probably the worst storm to hit England in recorded history occurred in 1703, and was almost certainly a hurricane. Hurricanes at that latitude are extremely rare phenomena, occurring perhaps once every thousand years, but that doesn’t mean to say they don’t happen. However, the first recognizable steam engine had been patented five years earlier in 1698 by Thomas Savery, which 97% of climate scientists agree was the start of man-made climate change, and was undoubtedly responsible for the 1703 storm /sarc again.

    • “Hurricanes at that latitude are extremely rare phenomena, occurring perhaps once every thousand years”

      You mean that tropical hurricanes are extremely rare. Temperate hurricanes (= storms with sustained winds over 33 meters/sec) happens every few years. They very rarely get beyond Cat 1 however.

      • “In Hartford, Hereford, and Hampshire, hurricanes hardly ever happen.”

        And don’t forget that other bastion of English weather, King Arthur:

        It’s true! It’s true! The crown has made it clear.
        The climate must be perfect all the year.

        A law was made a distant moon ago here:
        July and August cannot be too hot.
        And there’s a legal limit to the snow here
        In Camelot.
        The winter is forbidden till December
        And exits March the second on the dot.
        By order, summer lingers through September
        In Camelot.
        Camelot! Camelot!
        I know it sounds a bit bizarre,
        But in Camelot, Camelot
        That’s how conditions are.
        The rain may never fall till after sundown.
        By eight, the morning fog must disappear.
        In short, there’s simply not
        A more congenial spot
        For happily-ever-aftering than here
        In Camelot.

        Camelot! Camelot!
        I know it gives a person pause,
        But in Camelot, Camelot
        Those are the legal laws.
        The snow may never slush upon the hillside.
        By nine p.m. the moonlight must appear.
        In short, there’s simply not
        A more congenial spot
        For happily-ever-aftering than here
        In Camelot.

    • Odd. My mother told me about the three ice saints last week.

      “La helada de Santa Rita todo lo quita, la de San Bernardino quita pan y no da vino, y la de San Urbán quita vino y no da pan”

      “The frost of Santa Rita takes everything away, the one of San Bernardino removes bread and does not give wine, and the one of San Urbán removes wine and does not give bread”

      I only knew about Santa Rita.

      San Bernardino falls on May 20th, Santa Rita falls on May 22nd and San Urbán on May 25th. So, frosts are not unusual in late May.

  12. It’s been unusually cool and damp here in northeast US, and will be for a while. Tomorrow will be in the upper 40’s, some 20 deg. F below normal.

  13. GISS, HadCrut, Best, temperatures for April have not been released yet, but vine growers can take consolation that this April is likely to be the third warmest on record for those datasets. Ah, the wonders of averaging and adjusting. As usual the recommendation from climatologists to vine growers is to move North or up in altitude to cope with the rising temperatures. I will add they better have a good insurance coverage.

    • Vineyards planted in the Walla Walla Valley of OR and WA during the last century have been frozen out in recent years.

      The planters should sue Michael Mann.

    • Yes the global “temperature” averages are pushed up by the areas where there are no people to experience the weather, e.g. Pacific and other oceans, Siberia, Arctic, etc.

  14. “… Climate Change […] just doesn’t mean the world is getting warmer, it also means that frosts will occur in late April in locations as far south as Green Bay, WI.”

    I don’t know exactly why but this was worth a belly laugh but it was. Felix the Cat had a magic bag of tricks but it pales to nothing compared to the Climate Change Toolbox. All things ARE Climate Change.

    I read the accounts of Galileo’s confrontation with the Vatican over some works of his (specifically a work of fiction). I read about the horrors of the Spanish Inquisition and the things done in the name of God, I could not believe people would be so superstitious that they could justify burning a widow at the stake, or hanging dozens on the hysterical charges of young women.

    I consoled myself by thinking “thank God we have grown out of that kind of thinking.”

    Along comes AGW and crushes that hope quite dramatically. Proof that Orwell was a prophet. Never underestimate the depth to which humans will go to hide from reality.

    When the glaciers start advancing toward Minneapolis a few centuries hence, I am assured Global Warming will be blamed.

    • I don’t think they are exactly “hiding from reality”. I think they are trying (and succeeding) at creating their own reality.

  15. Al Gore must have showed up in France for an unannounced visit.

    Instead of spraying water, why didn’t they just place large blocks of dry ice in the vineyard? The CO2 would have evaporated and circulated in the air close to the ground for a while, trapping tons of heat. I know there’s delicate balance between getting too cold and burning your grape vines with overheated air, but an experienced vintner should know how many blocks of dry ice could safely be used.

    Someday, Hawaiian children high on the ski slopes of Mona Loa will not know what good French wine tastes like as they schuss down the ski slopes.

    Just like Zorro, global weirding has struck again. Temperance forces everywhere say “thank you, mask man.”

    /sarc (and God/Allah/Buddha/Cthulu/GiantSpaghettiMonster/LRH help you if you needed this)

  16. The temperature record adjustment planners made a strategic mistake by scientifically cooling the past.

    Instead, they should have scientifically homogenized the historical data to show that in the past the weather was perfectly average all the time, not too cold and not too hot. Just marvelous Goldilocks-kind of weather all the times. Climate science could then demonstrate how much we have disturbed nature every time it gets hot or cold.

    I expect them to correct this obvious scientific error.

  17. ” it also means that frosts will occur in late April in locations as far south as Green Bay, WI.”

    or snow as far south as Texas at the end of April. Texas is quite a big state, but the northern part is further south than Green Bay. So is Kansas where 30% of the wheat is estimated to be lost. Inquiring minds want to know, is that local as in weather or climate as in broad based ?

    • Even though wacky weather everywhere is the norm statistically over time, the alarmists are trying to say this is now Attribution of CO2 in making the jet stream loopy, with Beta Blocking highs and all. It is just wacky weather that we don’t remember happened 15-20 years ago now. The sad thing is, is that the Alarmists will now say anything to instil fear into the children. This is where the real battle is taking place now, which is in the indoctrination of CAGW through news and education, especially K-12 and college & university. The poor kids don’t know any better, and is part of the curriculum now, if they reject it, they fail. It really has become now a battle between the forces of light and darkness. Good and Evil. No religion inferred, other than that of the new CAGW normal they are stuffing down everyone’s throat.

      • The CAGWers make a lot of noise anywhere where there is a drought or flood or hot weather as climate AGW, and snowfalls. They are very quite when it snows in Saudi Arabia, the Mediterranean, and north Africa. The cold out break is wide spread but nothing is being said. Last year parts of eastern Russia were buried under snow much earlier than normal while the warmist were going on about how warm it was in the US.. shhhh
        Don’t underestimate kids, they tend to be a little more intelligent than the left believe, else communism would never fall. And communism is evil.. and that’s the agenda of CAGW, not protecting the planet

      • Oh, I forgot about the some 2 million monarch butterflies that froze to death in Mexico. But then that’s just weather being said sarcastically.

  18. This will have no effect on the belief system of the CAGW advocates, or is it Climate Change, or whatever rationalization they are using this year.

  19. The photo is of irrigation designed to protect the vines from frost damage. The principal being that as the water freezes it gives up its heat to the vines and protects them. I have used it on Blackcurrents and it worked well.

    • It doesn’t affect Green Bay, but when you get into mountainous areas, altitude affects the date. On your map, my median frost would be May 1-10. However, I don’t put out plants until the end of May (unless I’m feeling brave!). I’m out in the open and 500 ft higher in altitude than the city area.

      The map does indeed show people’s memories are not reliable, doesn’t it?

      • In the Twin cities we plant tomatoes May 15th. But All of the other annuals are in the ground for most of my neighbors flower beds, including mine.

    • That yellow area over MN should extend into the Twin Cities metro. Heat isles are the best!!

  20. Forget French wine. Their soils are used up. Ontario wine is far superior and not threatened by some cool weather. And we make 95% of all ice-wine here because we have the hot summers to grow the grapes and the reliably cold winter to freeze them. Don’t like it myself though. Too sweet.

    • You must be talking about Ontario Canada. Ontario California’s record low is 46 F in 2003. No freezing winters there. Of course, even if you had typed “Ontario, ca,” it still wouldn’t have told us which Ontario you were talking about.

      • Louis, you must be reading something put out by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. I grew up down there (in Pomona, to be specific) and I can remember in the 50’s when the morning skies were dark with the smoke from the smudge pots used by the orchardists to keep their citrus from freezing. We need to kill this rumor of no freezing weather, before we have another wave of snowbirds from New York settling in here.

    • I love ice wine and have made it in the past. It is sweet but not meant to drink in any quantity. It is like a dessert. A small glass instead of ice cream or other sweets. Delicious!

    • No surprise there.

      I am 50 miles west of Chicago, a hard frost last night, again.

      As for planting tomatoes, usually memorial day.

      I have the 1942 book from the USDA, “Man and Climate”, and 75 years of “warming” tomatoes still can’t be put in before memorial day, the old frost maps are still valid.

  21. On June 22, 1989,(or 1990) we awoke with our entire irrigation system frozen, the following morning same thing. This was on a ranch in Southwest​ Colorado. Weather is pure chaos, always has been ,always will be.

  22. The Great Le Roy Ladurie documented French vine growth from the year 1000 in his book’ Times of feast times of Famine.’

    The fact that it is only the worst frost in 21 years shows us that it is nothing unusual. Looking back 1000 years (where records grow better over the last 500) we can see that it is a regular occurence.

    Mind you CET shows that there has been a general cooling throughout this century with spring the worst affected (see figure 5) Note the vineyard in Sussex is a little south of the CET measuring stations

    https://judithcurry.com/2015/11/25/the-rise-and-fall-of-central-england-temperature/

    tonyb

  23. the temperature data I had for Lincoln UK was :
    min max min max
    outside temp : inside temperature
    Feb -0.4 11.8 7.2 15.5
    mar 0.9 18.0 10.7 19.2
    April 1.6 21.7 13.8 21.3
    the minimum outside temperature was very slow to rise but the internal room temperatures have been very mild and close to the baseline temperature of 18.0 centigrade due to the increase of solar radiation.

  24. I told you so! Global warming has many faces: hot weather, cold weather, drought, flood, increased hurricanes, decreased hurricanes, more tornadoes, fewer tornadoes – the list goes on and on.

    • Yes. I wonder whether May will be the warmest EVAH. I wonder whether the alarmists are stupid enough to just keep issuing fake calculations. I wonder whether there is anybody in the mainstream media who has a memory longer than a goldfish.

      Time will tell.

      • Forrest: It’s only anecdotal, but I have not observed anyone in the mainstream (or other media, for that matter) with a memory longer than a goldfish.

  25. An idiot in south west England planted an olive grove in 2006 to take advantage of global warming. By 2012 he was saying ” Olives haven’t worked that well for me, though”.

    See all the original hype at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1522414/First-olive-grove-takes-root-in-sunny-Devon.html and the BBC of course at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/devon/5118860.stm saying “A Devon smallholder has planted an olive grove with the aim of cashing in on global warming” .

  26. Apparently, releasing the CO2 bound up in fossil fuels is like releasing Superman’s arch enemies from the Phantom Zone. Once released, those evil molecules spend their time plotting to take over the world by wreaking all kinds of havoc. First they warm the climate to cause plants to bud earlier in the Spring. Then they cool the climate to freeze the newly formed buds and fruit on those plants. Why do you think Gaia banished this evil CO2 into the phantom zone of coal and oil and buried it deep in the earth in the first place? To protect the planet, you fools!
    (Here’s the “/SARC” in case some Gaia worshiper thinks I’m being serious.)

  27. That’s horrifying. It’s such a shame to lose such a crop to Climate Change. More important, it has never happened before and would never have happened if it wasn’t for AGW.

  28. I cannot repost this one! The audience is too stupid to interpret this on their own. This is just ‘fuel’ to the fire for Alarmists. I am getting confused……………. is Whats Up with That an Alarmist publication, or a reasoned media?

  29. I’m concerned that the loss of winter wheat this past season may result in my not being able to get enough flour to make pie crusts for tarte de pommes a la Normandie, and quiches (that’s egg and bacon pie, guys) and plain old apple pie. I may have to resort to buying store-bought biscuits instead of making my own, with sausage gravy on the side.

    I just don’t know if I can live this way. I think it’s asking too much of anyone to have to give up good cooking and resort to microwaving everything.

    • The wheat lost to snow in KS (dunno for sure yet how much) was hard winter wheat. Don’t you use soft white wheat for pie crust?

      • Soft white wheat? Not necessarily. Wheat flour is processed so heavily that unless it is specifically labeled ‘whole wheat’ or unbleached (like Ceresota brand), it’s hard to tell where it’s sourced. But hard red winter wheat is generally used in foods that require a high gluten content such as flatbreads, Asian noodles, tortillas, cereals. It’s a general-purpose flour source, which means it can be mixed with other processed wheat flours. Hard red wheat may be somewhat more elastic that soft wheat, but hard white wheat (cross between hard red and soft white) is quite high in protein and may be a better source of nutrients.

        And anyway, the flakiness of piecrust is the cook’s responsibility.

        A flakey pie crust may be somewhat more light using soft wheat, but the real flakiness comes from pockets of fat (butter or lard) worked gently into the pie dough which melt when the pie crust is baked. Just don’t overwork the dough.

        And that reminds me: if you do NOT have celiac disease (allergy to gluten), the latest report is that you should NOT follow a gluten-free diet. You will be missing out on nutrients that you need, including fiber, iron, folate, niacin, thiamine, calcium, vitamin B12, phosphorus and zinc.

      • Sara, you should take that “latest report” with a grain of salt, just like the fear-mongering CAGW studies. Gluten-laden foods aren’t the only sources of those nutrients you mentioned.

    • Yes, SMC, I do cook.

      BBQ beans with smoked sausage, use the crock pot or slow cooker for this.

      One to two whole links of smoked sausage*
      2 to 4 14 oz.cans of mixed beans (I use beans canned in mild chili sauce)*
      thin sliced onion
      Worcestershire sauce
      spicy mustard – optional
      Your favorite BBQ sauce (I like Sweet Baby Ray’s Hickory Smoked version)
      *amounts depend on how many people you’re serving

      Put the onion on the bottom of the crock pot
      Add the canned beans – if you’re using beans canned in chili sauce as I do, do NOT drain them
      Add at least one half bottle or 1.5 cups of BBQ sauce
      Stir in Wrocestershire sauce, about 1 tablespoonful and spicy mustard (optional)

      Put the whole smoked sausage rings on top of the beans. The sausage will be cooked by the steam generated. Cook on LOW heat for 5 to 6 hours. Do NOT open the lid to sniff the aromas.
      Make some cornbread to go with this.
      Slice some tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini and put on a platter with radishes, green onions, celery, carrots, etc.
      About one-half sausage ring is a good serving for one person.

      And for dessert: fresh apple pie with ice cream.

      • You are a women after my own heart Sara! Egg and bacon pie… Mmmmn. All good. And now I hear that we don’t even have to worry about saturated fat or cholesterol anymore. Gonna fill my boots…getting hungry now.

    • Australia to the rescue, fear not we had a bumper crop this year, your pies are safe in our hands

  30. Fortunately, because of the WARM SUNNY WEATHER, Australia has had one of the most prolific vintages.

    Not just in bulk, but a Hunter Valley winegrower friend of mine says it could be one of the best quality vintage for a very long time.

    and all because of WARM WEATHER. :-)

  31. Interestingly, here in New Zealand (autumn) we have had some unusual early frosts. I cannot remember frosts in early April at my latitude and altitude before. But, no doubt it would have happened before

    I note from the RSS site that the troposphere has been cooling rapidly throughout the satellite record. Can anyone here comment on this please. It looks to be important: the upper atmosphere is cooling while the lower remains stable

  32. I am taking a chance but have just planted my tomatos out here in Southern England hoping we don’t get an unseasonable frost. We have an old weather saw “Ne’er cast a clout till May be out” meaning don’t take your winter clothes off until June. A frost in May is rare but not unknown.

    • I think the May referred to is Hawthorn blossom and that’s what you should look for before putting your vests into winter storage rather than the end of the month of May.

    • London247

      Good grief. Here in torbay We planted out our outdoor tomatoes back in mid march. mind you It has been chilly at nights and most evenings we have put the central heating on for an hour or two.
      Tonyb

  33. From the Chateau Margaux website.

    FROSTS
    Among all the risks that are the farmers’ lot in life, frost and hail are the two most terrible and unfair. In just a few minutes they can reduce to nothing a whole year, or even several years’ efforts. But by some sort of miracle, the great terroirs more often than not, escape these misfortunes. Hail is almost unknown at Château Margaux.

    Why ? We really don’t know. On the one hand, if frost misses the greater part of our vineyard, it’s thanks to its particular situation, close to the river where the thermal inertia protects its surroundings from the cold and is sufficiently elevated to escape the accumulation of masses of icy air. Every rule has its exceptions… our white plot presents such a sensitivity to spring frosts that we decided, as of 1983, to install an anti-frost system. The principle is simple: we spray the vines with water for as long as the frost lasts, generally until dawn. The heat produced by the formation of ice enables the maintenance of the temperature above the limit below which the vegetation is destroyed. Before starting the sprinklers, we have to take into account the temperature, the wind and the air humidity, and all this at three o’clock in the morning! When the decision has been taken, in spite of fatigue, it’s a huge consolation to save the harvest and to be present at the fairy-like show given by the ice as it forms around the buds.

    This was originally published in the “Cheers! A Celebration of Pub Life” issue of Birth.Movies.Death.

    The summer of 1953 was long and hot, dry and with plenty of sunshine. The grapes ripened slowly and steadily, and the season’s only real hiccup was a sudden storm in September that forced Château Margaux to postpone the harvest (though this did have the added benefit of allowing the grapes a little bit more time to ripen, a particular fear in Bordeaux as wine made from overripe grape tends to taste unpleasantly of stewed fruit, but one that was happily not founded here). The resultant bottling by Château Margaux is considered not just among the finest wines of that particularly good year, but as Withnail himself says, “’53 Margaux. Best of the century.”

    And here we have the tragic beauty of that wine’s ultimate fate, and of the entirety of Withnail & I. The film ends with Withnail standing alone in the rain, drinking this wonderful Margaux (less of a drink and more of a piece of art and history) straight from the bottle, reciting the melancholy words of Shakespeare with only the wolves for company.

    ” I have of late–but wherefore I know not–lost all my mirth …”

    • “When the decision has been taken, in spite of fatigue, it’s a huge consolation to save the harvest”

      I bet that would be a huge consolation, considering the alterantive. It’s good when there is something one can do to fix a problem, rather than having to stand by helplessly and watch the disaster unfold.

      Peach growers spray peaches with water around this area to protect them from late frosts. They also use helicopters to hover and keep the air moving over the peach orchards sometimes.

      • Now there would be a use for some of those decrepit windmills. Just reverse the wiring and make all the breeze you want. I always wondered why Los Angles didn’t do this in the bowel when smog and pollution was just laying around. Might only take a few dozen to blow out the entire valley and keep the air moving.

  34. If the French and British wine growers had subscribed to Joe Bastardi’s weather service, they would have known this before planting, because he’s been forecasting this since mid–, possibly early, March.

    • Grape vines are perennial. No annual planting. They bud when they want to

  35. I know a ‘tell’ when I see one and lefty tells are childishly unsophisticated. A big story on frost in European vineyards and it’s ended by a non sequitur reference to frost at Green Bay, WI!! This a protesteth-too-much tell showing that the writer is somewhat embarrassed at having to spin this credulous, unwanted, troubling story in an age of a dangerously warming world. The writers doubts are showing.

  36. When a supposed science-based theory “predicts” everything, it is not science. It is pseudoscience disguised as science. It produces grant funding opportunities for its charlatan purveyors.

  37. This is exactly why they changed the name to climate change from global warming, so they could also blame the cold on co2. Wait till there’s a storm somewhere and it will be extreme weather again. When the glaciers come that will, no doubt, also be because I drive a big pickup truck instead of some over priced green approved vehicle. These people are insane, idiots or simply on the take. Pick one.

    • “This is exactly why they changed the name to climate change from global warming, so they could also blame the cold on co2.”

      Good point. Climate change encompasses all changes in the atmosphere, so they can apply any change to CO2’s influence. Global warming only encompasses the warm side of the equation, so it limits the alarmists in what doom&gloom claims they can make, and they don’t want that, so they change the name to give themselves the ability to declare an emergency no matter what the weather does or which way the temperature goes. They are trying to cover all the bases.

    • Jim G1
      May 7, 2017 at 2:35 pm

      This is exactly why they changed the name to climate change from global warming, so they could also blame the cold on co2. Wait till there’s a storm somewhere and it will be extreme weather again. When the glaciers come that will, no doubt, also be because I drive a big pickup truck instead of some over priced green approved vehicle. These people are insane, idiots or simply on the take. Pick one.

      Why must I choose one? My choice is all three. :-) I could probably add more, but they would only be variations.

      SteveT

    • Actually, they’re hoping there are enough customers in the idiot market segment to expand their business by selling to them. You should know. Most of those idiots do not realize that electric vehicles are really burning coal for the most part as that is where the greatest portion of our electricity comes from. They employ lots of people so I wish them well in your market sement.

    • It’s partly cloudy here in Western Canada today. Damn you, Global Warming!!

  38. I checked the stuff I planted a week ago. My radishes are UP. The chives are in blossom. I will fix a quiche with minced ham and cheese for breakfast tomorrow.

    • You can cook. Can my family come by with say a pound plus of fresh picked morel mushrooms and some ramps? We will also bring as many different cheese varieties as the local (Richland Center after the consolidation) dairy processing plant makes, plus soft natural cheeses from tmy farms former owner, now back from California. Ours used to be one mile down from Penn Hollow cheese, but only made two types, white and yellow cheddar. Long gone. When he quit, he bought my Ford 1956N tractor as a restoration project, Restoration? Heck, that tractor was still functional. Just not beautiful. So I sold it and bought a much better used 1983 Ford Fn1983 diesel 4wD with a 770 FWL at #1100 breakaway.

    • About 4-5 years back the Great Lakes were at some kind of record low levels and the Warmunists were blaming AGW and talking about the threat to water availability. Now we have excessive rainfall and high water levels, just like we had before the dry years and low water levels. Where I live the climate looks about the same as the 1970’s.

  39. Please don’t forget that this one-off weather event, irrespective of cause, has devastated much of this year’s crop for many vignerons who are going to be without income for this year, hot on the heels of having their crop wiped out last year by hail. There’s going to be a lot of human misery coming out of this.

    This story (LINK: https://www.connexionfrance.com/French-news/Spectacular-scene-in-Chablis-vineyards-as-winemakers-battle-frost ) recounts this year’s events, with some fairly stunning photos of the efforts made to save this years crop.

  40. “We need to learn that the truly insidious thing about Climate Change is that it just doesn’t mean the world is getting warmer, it also means that frosts will occur in late April in locations as far south as Green Bay, WI.”

    Yep.

    • If the warmistas have they way our children’s children will not know what those wines are.

    • I can read the headlines now…

      Climate change causes catastrophic champagne drinking lefty green heads to explode!

  41. Meanwhile, back in the real world:
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamestaylor/2011/07/27/new-nasa-data-blow-gaping-hold-in-global-warming-alarmism/amp/

    In short, the central premise of alarmist global warming theory is that carbon dioxide emissions should be directly and indirectly trapping a certain amount of heat in the earth’s atmosphere and preventing it from escaping into space. Real-world measurements, however, show far less heat is being trapped in the earth’s atmosphere than the alarmist computer models predict, and far more heat is escaping into space than the alarmist computer models predict.

    When objective NASA satellite data, reported in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, show a “huge discrepancy” between alarmist climate models and real-world facts, climate scientists, the media and our elected officials would be wise to take notice. Whether or not they do so will tell us a great deal about how honest the purveyors of global warming alarmism truly are.

    • Jerome,

      The CACA Team has had almost six years now to 1) hide the escape and 2) ignore this finding. Both of which it has done to its own satisfaction.

      • You talk “CACA Team” like I’m supposed to know what you’re talking about.
        Care to enlighten us slow pokes ?

      • CACA is Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alarmism. The Team is the Warmunistas’ own term for themselves.

  42. Call in the climate court jester, John Holdren, as consultant. He’s good at officially explaining cold as a result of global warming.

  43. What is happening is part of our current climate. Stoping the climate from changing, as if we really could, will only lock in this happenstance.

  44. What no one ever saw The Big Lebowski?
    Walter Sobchack knows about Vietnam and bowling, not about wine and climate change.

  45. Most populated areas in the Northern Hemisphere continue running unseasonably cold???

      • A negative temperature variation, which if continued, would potentially prevent this year from being the warmest EVAH!

  46. Misanthropic environmental conservatives should get their act together. With all the taxpayers money poured into this, it’s about time the weather stabilised on a much sunnier and warmer mode over here. Any more of your type of warming, my ancestors will freeze to death at childbirth.

  47. It’s interesting that the very cold winter of the Battle of the Bulge was during the run down to solar minimum which is about where we are now. A stronger jet stream during solar minimum is associated with cooler temps at least in NH temps.

  48. I checked my black currants out back (eastern Ontario Canada) after our snow last night. They seemed to love it. Maybe I can make a French Burgundy out of it and put it on the market. If people complain, I’ll say it was climate change what done it.

    • I feel a new category of wine coming on.
      We have already Cabernet Sauvignon.
      How about Climatechange Sauvignon?

      Of course, it would be pronounced Frenchly, something like “Clee – ma – shaunge”.

  49. So the wine industry in the U.K, which has been non-existent since the MWP, has yet to get back to producing wine despite the unprecedented warmiest warmer warming that is the most warm evah! And this will probably set it back until the next cold snap. It was a nice try, but it’s probably time to switch the vineyards out for cabbage patches.

  50. As if it was unusual to have frost even in May… sigh

    But I really like: “We can already estimate that we have lost nearly half of the potential crop,”

  51. “White said staff had worked in vain using special fans and heaters to protect the vineyard”

    What, a man wasn’t able to warm his climate by running industrial equipment? Maybe he should have started a decade or more ago.

  52. It just doesn’t mean the world is getting warmer?
    No, it means it’s getting colder, wetter, dryer, windier, calmer, and virtually any other weather event you can think of , all caused by anthropogenic CO2 contribution! It’s science and that settles it! So shut up !

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