French wineries burning kerosene candles to drive back the frost. Source. President Macron

Global Warming? Devastating Frost Impacts 2021 French Wine Grapes

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

A third of this year’s French wine crop has reportedly been lost to a late season frost. Wine growers resorted to burning fossil fuel to save their plants.

Third of French wine lost after rare cold snaps devastate vines

Unseasonal frost is ‘agricultural disaster of 21st century’ as ice after warm weather decimates grape harvests

Angelique Chrisafis in Paris
@achrisafis
Fri 16 Apr 2021 02.53 AEST

At least a third of French wine production worth almost €2bn (£1.7bn) in sales will be lost this year after rare freezing temperatures devastated many vines and fruit crops across France, raising concerns over the climate crisis.

“This is probably the greatest agricultural catastrophe of the beginning of the 21st century,” the French agriculture minister, Julien Denormandie, said this week as the government declared an “agricultural disaster” and began preparing emergency financial measures.

The unseasonal wave of bitter frost and ice hit suddenly after a bout of warm weather, which worsened the damage. The warmth had encouraged vines and fruit trees to develop earlier than usual, only to be withered by the sudden cold.

The national federation of agricultural holders’ unions told AFP it believes at least a third of French wine production would be lost as certain grape harvests in many of France’s best-known wine-producing regions risked being decimated.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/food/2021/apr/15/agricultural-disaster-two-billion-worth-of-french-wine-production-lost-after-cold-snaps

President Macron tweeted a picture of farmers burning thousands of gallons of kerosene, to try to prevent global warming from killing more of their grapes. No news yet on whether President Macron will offer relief from French global warming taxes, on fossil fuel burned to hold back the intense cold.

Perhaps the coming shortage of 2021 season French wine is what the WMO was thinking about, when they said the impacts of the climate crisis are already too costly for the world to afford. Let us hope the world wakes up and addresses global warming, before we all freeze to death.

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Dennis
April 20, 2021 6:07 pm

No doubt The Australian Bureau of Meteorology will remove 2020 and 2021 from their historic weather records data which begins from 1910 to assist their warming trend.

n.n
Reply to  Dennis
April 20, 2021 6:59 pm

Anthropogenic missing links with “benefits”.

Bryan A
Reply to  n.n
April 20, 2021 8:05 pm

They should have simply used those efficient Electric Heaters powered by Solar Panels erected above the vines…Oh Wait…

Philip
Reply to  Bryan A
April 20, 2021 8:46 pm

Bingo, we have a winner.

Abolition Man
Reply to  Bryan A
April 20, 2021 9:23 pm

Doh! The French growers should have just left their Teslas idling in the vineyards with the heater on full!

fred250
Reply to  Bryan A
April 20, 2021 11:08 pm

Actually, what they SHOULD do is power up their wind turbines in reverse, and blow the still frosty air away.

Anon
Reply to  fred250
April 21, 2021 7:20 am

Or extract the remaining heat content of the cold air, using a refrigeration compressor, and pump it directly to the vines through subterranean tubes. That would kill two birds with one stone, provide heat for the vines and cool the planet with the super cooled air produced!

Last edited 22 days ago by Anon
Bindidon
Reply to  Bryan A
April 21, 2021 3:37 am

Bryan A

Oh wait? Wait for what?

This is all typical exaggeration.

Do you want to look at REALLY cold April TMIN temperatures?

Here they are:

FRE00106192 2012 2 4 -20.2 (°C)
FRM00007299 2012 2 4 -20.2
FR000007560 2012 2 4 -18.4
FR009021000 1963 2 4 -18.3
FRE00106207 1963 2 4 -17.6
FR000007190 1963 2 4 -17.4
FRE00106192 1971 1 4 -17.2
FRE00104949 1963 2 4 -17.0
FR000007560 1956 2 4 -16.9
FR000007190 1965 3 4 -16.7
FRE00106203 1963 2 4 -16.7
FR000007560 1963 2 4 -16.6
FRE00106196 2012 2 4 -16.6
FRM00007471 2012 2 4 -16.6
FR000007190 1929 2 4 -16.2
FRE00104112 1956 2 4 -16.0
FRE00104112 2012 2 4 -16.0
FRM00007591 2012 2 4 -16.0
FR000007354 1971 1 4 -15.9
FRE00106192 1963 2 4 -15.9

Did anybody complain here in 2012?

And… in this long list of increasing minima temperatures you see the top 20 of above, you have to go deep in order to find back these allegedly so horribly cold temperatures during this April.

Out the top 100, nothing.
Out of the top 1000, you see this:

FR000007560 2021 4 7 -9.6
FRE00106196 2021 4 8 -9.4
FRM00007471 2021 4 8 -9.4
FR000007560 2021 4 13 -6.1
FRE00106200 2021 1 4 -6.1
FRM00007558 2021 1 4 -6.1

And of these few, you should in fact exclude

FR000007560 44.1167   3.5831 1567.0   MONT-AIGOUAL

because of the altitude of the station.

Thus: yes, France had some colder nights during April, like had Germany.

But according to the wine makers I know since longer time in France and I recently asked, their greatest problem was NOT the April frost: it was a far too warm March.

J.-P. D.

2hotel9
Reply to  Bindidon
April 21, 2021 3:55 am

Actu7ally, yes, we all pointed this out in 2012. And they are really complaining about a warm spring? Sure, buddy, sure.

Bindidon
Reply to  2hotel9
April 21, 2021 4:15 am

2h9

YES they were complaining about last March.

People like you doubt about everything that doesn’t match their narrative.

Where do you live? En France, peut-être? Hmmmh.

J.-P. D.

2hotel9
Reply to  Bindidon
April 21, 2021 4:21 am

I live farther north than France, and I doubt farmers are complaining about warmer weather, that just fits your anti-human narrative. Perhaps you can enlighten us all as to how YOU are going to fix the climate us evil humans have destroyed? we are waiting with bated breath, tell us how you are going to do it, sweety.

Bindidon
Reply to  2hotel9
April 21, 2021 4:33 am

2h9

I see below you are ” [s]itting here in western PA “, and above I see that you are a king in useless polemic.

Bye bye, sweety!

2hotel9
Reply to  Bindidon
April 21, 2021 6:43 pm

Ahh, now you gonna cry? Squeeze out some tears for us.

Frederik Michiels
Reply to  Bindidon
April 21, 2021 4:05 am

Honestly it’s a pity that i can’t add a photo, but our 3 vines still needs to “wake up” from their winter sleep. So i wonder wjat vines they have as the end of March was “record warm” here as well. The grapvines didn’t bother doing anything. Smart vines i suppose?

Bindidon
Reply to  Frederik Michiels
April 21, 2021 4:19 am

Frederik Michiels

Where are you in France?

And… if [y]our 3 vines still needs to “wake up” from their winter sleep, may I suppose you certainly won’t have to complain about destructive freezing?

Le contraire m’étonnerait, Monsieur Michiels.

J.-P. D.

rah
Reply to  Bindidon
April 21, 2021 11:53 am

I really don’t know what to say when I run across the occasional person that doesn’t even understand that farmers ALWAYS complain! It could be the greatest growing season of their lifetime and they will still find something wrong. It is the nature of the beast. Nothing new under the sun.

Bindidon
Reply to  rah
April 21, 2021 2:44 pm

rah

” I run across the occasional person… ”

Should you mean me, so I suggest that you read comments before replying.

I had during my life much more with persons complaining all the time than you could ever imagine – winemakers included.

My comment was about a one more time totally exaggerated report on alleged cooling, and not about ‘farmers’.

J.-P. D.

2hotel9
Reply to  rah
April 21, 2021 6:49 pm

Been around farmers all my life, complaining is one of their most favored pastimes.

Reply to  rah
April 21, 2021 8:58 pm

Yep. If it’s “the greatest growing season of their lifetime” – they’ll complain about the low prices for their harvest.

fred250
Reply to  Bindidon
April 21, 2021 2:03 pm

The garbage Bin has shown us that temps are similar to 1963, 1956, 1965 etc…

Well done Bin. ! 🙂

Bindidon
Reply to  fred250
April 21, 2021 2:39 pm

Ooooh… the little stubborn and aggressive ankle biter is here again.

Rich Davis
Reply to  Bindidon
April 21, 2021 4:29 pm

I wonder why so many people have the mistaken impression that the French are arrogant bastards?

Reply to  Bindidon
April 22, 2021 12:37 am
Bindidon
Reply to  Hatter Eggburn
April 22, 2021 11:59 am

Hatter Eggburn

Yes! I have seen Vuk’s comment.

But… I’m wondering about all people giving on this blog hints to stratospheric cooling.

Until now I thought only the Warmistas would use it as an argument for global warming (in concordance with the warming of the lower troposphere):

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_ecu50TZYPYfr57XIWZ_rcu9p2trm2hy/view

Moreover, the temperature on Vuk’s graph looks this year here and there higher than it did last year at the same place. What, do you think, does that mean?

And now the best for you: I just downloaded UAH 6.0 LS data (lower stratosphere) for the North Pole:

https://www.nsstc.uah.edu/data/msu/v6.0/tls/uahncdc_ls_6.0.txt

(see the NoPol column) and plotted it:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MsMZNBXknRSgW_LaDV5dMl2ZOB6EqYNa/view

It’s not quite the 30 hPa level (UAH’s LS is at about -60 °C, thus round 12 km high, i.e. at probably 200 hPa; but that is not what matters here).

What matters, Hatter Eggburn, is: what can you tell us about this graph? Do you know anything about stratospheric temperatures, and what they exactly mean for us?

Than tell us all you know! I’ll enjoy your reply!

J.-P. D.

Reply to  Bindidon
April 23, 2021 8:33 am

Yes I know that according to the CO2 hynm-sheet, CO2 back-radiation warming is supposed to cool the stratosphere. This month stratospheric record cold has translated to actual anomalously cold weather in Europe with big losses for French vineyards and other fruit growers. Note these things happen in the real world, not in computer models.

You can continue your “if it’s cold it proves it’s warming” number if you think that’s going to work for you.

Bindidon
Reply to  Bindidon
April 22, 2021 12:02 pm

I LOVE this wonderful downvoting!

J.-P. D.

2hotel9
Reply to  Bindidon
April 23, 2021 5:00 am

So, you keep down voting your own comments to give you some false appearance of martyrdom. You are a special kind of stupid.

JCalvertN(UK)
Reply to  Bindidon
April 22, 2021 2:12 pm

Are these the raw temperatures? Or the adjusted temperatures?

n.n
April 20, 2021 6:07 pm

CO2 is green life, and, in return, we get luscious grapes to imbibe, and opulent oxygen to breathe.

Last edited 23 days ago by n.n
starzmom
Reply to  n.n
April 21, 2021 8:08 am

DaVinci said wine is liquid sunshine.

Tom in Toronto
April 20, 2021 6:14 pm

2019 might have been the ‘last best chance’ the alarmunists had.

Reply to  Tom in Toronto
April 20, 2021 6:54 pm

Actually, 2017 was the ‘last best chance’ the alarmunists had.
 
2018 hinted at cooling, and 2019 was the full-meal deal – a huge crop failure across the Great Plains of North America. Funny, we don’t read much about that, do we?
 
https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/05/15/on-99-year-anniversary-of-huge-disruptive-solar-storm-we-are-about-to-enter-the-deepest-period-of-solar-recession-ever-recorded/#comment-2995529
 
Updating my post of 10May2020:
 
Planting was ~one month across the Great Plains of North America for the past two years 2018 and 2019. In 2018 the growing season was warm and the crop recovered, but in 2019 there was a huge crop failure across the Great Plains; however the harvest was good in the USA East and South.
 
In 2019 fully 30% of the huge USA corn crop was never planted because of wet ground. Much of the grain crop across the Great Plains was not harvested because of early cold and snow in the Fall. Read the paper by Joe D’Aleo and me.
 
THE REAL CLIMATE CRISIS IS NOT GLOBAL WARMING, IT IS COOLING, AND IT MAY
HAVE ALREADY STARTED
By Allan M.R. MacRae and Joseph D’Aleo, October 27, 2019.
https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/10/27/the-real-climate-crisis-is-not-global-warming-it-is-cooling-and-it-may-have-already-started/

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  ALLAN MACRAE
April 20, 2021 7:56 pm

why are you yelling at us?

Bryan A
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
April 20, 2021 8:07 pm

He’s not yelling he’s Talking Bigger

fred250
Reply to  Bryan A
April 20, 2021 11:10 pm

EMPHASIS ! 😉

Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
April 21, 2021 9:11 pm

Actually Joel, I’m shouting BULLSH!T! at the top of my lungs, but not at anyone here – I’m speaking directly to the warmunists. 🙂

Abolition Man
Reply to  ALLAN MACRAE
April 20, 2021 9:30 pm

Allan,
This is why they are so desperate to get the Green Raw Deal pushed through! They are frantic that even the true believers of GangGreen will start losing their fervor!
And who is more dangerous than a former cult member who has awoken to the con!?

Reply to  ALLAN MACRAE
April 22, 2021 12:40 am

Old Chinese saying: “there is only one reality and that is hunger”

n.n
Reply to  Tom in Toronto
April 20, 2021 7:02 pm

Catastrophic anthropogenic [sociopolitical] climate change by consensus or force, and redistributive change as secular incentives to grease the path.

Redge
Reply to  n.n
April 21, 2021 5:44 am

[sociopathic]

Graemethecat
Reply to  Tom in Toronto
April 20, 2021 11:43 pm

Fundamentally, the Great CAGW Scare has never been about Climate, which was merely a pretext for Marxist subversion and infiltration. The damage to the West has been achieved.

Ron Long
Reply to  Graemethecat
April 21, 2021 3:07 am

Graemethecat, your observation was confirmed by CNN manager during the Project Veritas clandestine recording where he said (paraphrasing) that the Corona Virus was a temporary diversion and they would return to covering CAGW more after it is under control.

Gerry, England
Reply to  Graemethecat
April 21, 2021 6:46 am

And a World government based on the UN. With no voting allowed of course.

davidmhoffer
April 20, 2021 6:15 pm

There is considerable irony in a government fighting warming by imposing taxes on the stuff people use to fight the cold.

Scissor
April 20, 2021 6:23 pm

There is nothing too unusual about an April snowstorm here around Boulder, Colorado, but 10 degrees F this morning appears to have beaten the previous low temperature record by 5 F.

The forecast calls for snow again tomorrow.

n.n
Reply to  Eric Worrall
April 20, 2021 7:05 pm

A climate of crises. The magic eight ball indicates may you live in interesting times, social progress ahead.

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Eric Worrall
April 20, 2021 7:56 pm

I’m in a climate crisis here in Tucson. I haven’t closed the glass patio door in over a 6 weeks, just the screen door in front to of it. I may may walk into the glass one day when I have to start closing it again.

Brent Qually
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
April 20, 2021 9:14 pm

Funny.

Abolition Man
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
April 20, 2021 9:38 pm

I am suffering greatly from extreme climate change; the shorts I’ve been wearing for the last couple of weeks had to be put on hold and the sweats redeployed!
Thank goodness I didn’t turn off the furnace for the summer; I might have had to wear a silly winter hat around the house again!

Gregory Woods
Reply to  Eric Worrall
April 21, 2021 1:58 am

26 degrees C at 4am, here in freezing Villavicencio, Colombia…

philincalifornia
Reply to  Scissor
April 20, 2021 7:30 pm

Wow, CNN and the BBC must be all over that ……..

Abolition Man
Reply to  philincalifornia
April 20, 2021 9:07 pm

…just as soon as they find a connection to Trump and Russia, Russia, Russia!

Sara
Reply to  Scissor
April 21, 2021 5:52 am

What are you all complaining about? It’s still cold, and I’m still running my furnace. If the forecast for tomorrow and the rest of the week is even vaguely accurate (and the local meteorologist is very good at HIS job, has been for decades), then we’ll see warmer daytime temps but still have cold nights. And I’ll have the furnace running on “Heat” instead of A/C until Mama Nature decides which way the wind blows this Spring.

My biggest complaint is that it slows the start of wildflowers blossoming. The trilliums should be fairly big and opening by now and they are not. My camera datestamps everything I shoot, which makes it easier to track and compare to prior years. The geese and ducks are not happy, either.

Gerry, England
Reply to  Sara
April 21, 2021 8:26 am

I am getting overnight frosts but with clear skies during the day it is quite warm. In fact since the conservatory gets sun virtually all day it can provide a bit of heat to the rest of the house. The sun on the house means it absorbs the heat and doesn’t need anything much in the evening but it is on for the whole morning spell each day.

And my magnolias have been badly hit. The warm March teased them out to flower but the frosts have burnt them. Other plants are starting to suffer from the constant cold nights. Very dry with no westerly weather systems coming through, and to think we were wondering if it would ever dry out last month.

Sara
Reply to  Sara
April 21, 2021 1:07 pm

It. Has. Snowed. (Just now.)

DaveW
Reply to  Scissor
April 25, 2021 8:00 pm

I remember Snow Thunderstorms in Fort Collins in May, but 10 F is pretty cold even in progressive/regressive Boulder.

John Miller
April 20, 2021 6:23 pm

The silver lining is that when the extent of the grape crop is reduced dramatically before the new grapes are formed, more energy goes into those few grapes that do make it, giving them more flavor intensity and often making the best wine for decades. Of course, less wine means prices go up to reflect the scarcity, but 2021 could be a “vintage of the century.”

Dennis
Reply to  John Miller
April 20, 2021 6:59 pm

Maybe China import bans on Australian wine will prove to have been beneficial for Australian wine exports?

DaveW
Reply to  Dennis
April 25, 2021 8:08 pm

My thought too. French wines have a caché, and I do mean this in the pomposity sense even if I can’t spell cachet, that I have yet to be able to understand. I do try, but either I can’t afford whatever decent wines France ships to Australia or Australian wines are simply superior to such a degree that box is better than French. Anything that makes Australian wines more available to the World would be a good thing, except I expect my prices would rise.

bonbon
Reply to  John Miller
April 21, 2021 5:20 am

Exactly – see Robert Parker, Wine Advocate. As far as I know the 1989,1990 crop had frost damage in May. Best Bordeaux wines I ever found!
Still an ocean of cheaper wine is needed, it must not all be glorious!
The farmers were already in Paris campaigning against policy before this hit. The Paris Accord is more deadly to them than some frost.

joel
April 20, 2021 6:53 pm

Mein Gott.
Look at ventusky. What happened was there was a blocking high to the west and a strong low pressure developed over southern Norway. The clockwise high and the counterclockwise low working together sucked cold air from the arctic right over England and France.

Dennis
Reply to  joel
April 20, 2021 7:02 pm

Mutter Natur

Naturally

ggm
April 20, 2021 7:15 pm

While unfortunate for French makers, this is great new for the Australian wine industry.

fred250
Reply to  ggm
April 20, 2021 11:19 pm

2020 was a tough vintage in the Hunter region (Best solid red wines evah 😉 because of smoke and very dry conditions. With CV-19, probably not a lot of pickers available either.

There will be interesting wines from the 2020 vintage because of this.

2021 looks to have been a really good vintage all round though, with local pickers reaping good payments for their work….

https://www.winehousehuntervalley.com.au/blog/Vintage-2021

https://www.maitlandmercury.com.au/story/7108119/hunters-2021-vintage-stays-close-to-home-with-grape-pickers/

Sara
Reply to  fred250
April 21, 2021 5:57 am

And we aren’t going to get any of that up here in the USA Midwest? I’m sad!!! Sad, I tell you!!! Not fair!!!

Bill Treuren
Reply to  ggm
April 20, 2021 11:35 pm

and New Zealand perfect storm.

Reply to  ggm
April 22, 2021 12:42 am

The French need to learn to make ice wine like the Canadians

taxed
April 20, 2021 7:24 pm

With the current set up of the jet stream l can see the these cold snaps extending deep into the spring and maybe even into June. Also am expecting plenty of cold winter weather turning up in the SH over the coming months. Its shaping up that 2021 will be “The year the LIA returned.

Retired_Engineer_Jim
Reply to  taxed
April 20, 2021 10:59 pm

No, in January, 2022, just like clockwork, 2021 will be declared to be one of the hottest years ever. Data be damned (or fiddled).

Doonman
April 20, 2021 7:33 pm

Wait, doesn’t the burning of thousands of gallons of kerosene across thousands of acres of vineyards violate the paris climate accords?

These French people are burning what used to be called “smudgepots”, which were outlawed in California orange groves over 50 years ago due to horrible air pollution. Not very progressive, in fact its regressive.

ATheoK
Reply to  Doonman
April 21, 2021 8:33 am

What do you mean?

Californian growers soak their frost endangered crops with water.
It won’t be long before California bans lots of water usage on tender crops.

California politicians intend to progress California back to 1740s.

Vineyards 2021.jpg
dk_
April 20, 2021 7:35 pm

Next time, burn the Teslas!

Abolition Man
Reply to  Eric Worrall
April 20, 2021 9:12 pm

Eric,
Would burning teenage climate activists save the crop or just leave it undrinkable!?

fred250
Reply to  Abolition Man
April 20, 2021 11:20 pm

Very SOUR, BITTER and lacking in taste. !

Eric Vieira
Reply to  Abolition Man
April 21, 2021 12:20 am

How Dare You !… /s

Oldseadog
Reply to  Abolition Man
April 21, 2021 2:13 am

Inappropriate remark, AM, no place for that here.

Redge
Reply to  Oldseadog
April 21, 2021 5:59 am

Come on, we all know that was a joke

Reply to  Redge
April 21, 2021 9:24 pm

Perhaps not a very funny one?

What happens when a culture devolves back into a superstitious ignorant phase? Women – old and young – that are annoying to everyone else in the village get the shaft. Or, rather, tied to it and barbecued.

That’s where the Left is heading us, with their unthinking beliefs in all sorts of contrary to reality religions.

Sara
Reply to  Abolition Man
April 21, 2021 6:16 am

No, you don’t do that. You hire them to work in the fields among the leafy green vines (mostly pulling weeds out) and give them a shed to sleep in, some kind of comestibles and water, and a few francs or dollars or Euros and tell them they’re contributing to ‘how Green Is My Planet’.

They will dive on it.

fred250
Reply to  Sara
April 21, 2021 2:08 pm

They are called “backpackers” down here.

dk_
Reply to  Eric Worrall
April 20, 2021 11:51 pm

But the government pays for them

Hoyt Clagwell
April 20, 2021 7:58 pm

It just goes to show you how insignificant the global average temperature really is. It can’t tell you if it’s going to be unusually cold or hot in any given region during any given year. It can’t tell you if your region will have more or less storms, of greater or lesser severity. It’s a lot like Nostradamus’ predictions. You can’t know what he was predicting until after the event happens.

Peter fraser
Reply to  Hoyt Clagwell
April 21, 2021 2:58 am

Unless you are talking a hundred years ahead.

Chris Hanley
April 20, 2021 9:06 pm

Let us hope the world wakes up and addresses global warming, before we all freeze to death.

Very droll 😆.

Dennis
Reply to  Chris Hanley
April 20, 2021 10:02 pm

China will save the world, hundreds of new coal fired power stations being commissioned or constructed in China and as foreign aid elsewhere.

Net zero emissions by 2050? By then the 2020/21 new Chinese coal fired power stations will have an accountable working life time to 2070/71 and if well maintained operating to and beyond 80 years should not be a problem.

Abolition Man
April 20, 2021 9:20 pm

Two days ago we had a dusting of snow here in the high desert; today I had to rush around making nectar for the first hummingbird of the season! My summer labors have begun!
Maybe if I build a big enough greenhouse they’ll stay here all winter. Nah, who would give up a winter vacation in sunny Mexico to live in a big, glass house!?

ren
April 20, 2021 10:26 pm

The typhoon is moving west over the island of Luzon. The forecasts were that it would miss the Philippines. However, they did not take into account the increase in solar wind and the stronger pressure of the jet stream over Japan. That’s the end of forecasts that don’t take into account changes in solar activity.

ren
April 20, 2021 10:36 pm

This is the current pattern of the polar vortex in the tropopause.comment image

Yooper
Reply to  ren
April 21, 2021 5:11 am

It was 26 F here in Northern Indiana this morning and the forecast is for it to freeze again tonight. All my fruit trees were in full bloom but now they’re covered in snow. I wonder how bad Michigan’s apple and cherry crops have been damaged.

Sara
Reply to  ren
April 21, 2021 6:14 am

Dropped to 28F around 4AM this morning, here in NE IL near the state line. The apple tree next door has not yet blossomed and I don’t expect it to, because the cold does throw off that kind of signal (warm, open flowers), and the violet population in my yard is thin to scarce.

In addition, the tress should be nearly leafed out by now and they are barely opened. None of the ‘normal’ activity, like the specific tree blossoms surrounded by leaf buds, is going on.

Rod Evans
April 20, 2021 11:01 pm

Throw another virgin down the Global Warming bottomless pit, the climate gods are angry and only sending us cold weather.
I would offer a more technical solution, but have decided to go with the current much favoured logic on display from the CAGW cult members.
It has been an unusually long cold tail to winter here in the UK also.
We have had frosts every night this April until the past two days, here in the Midlands UK.
The blocking high trapping the cold slug of arctic air over us, has meant the wind turbine power supply Boris spends so much time championing has dwindled to almost nothing. Solar yes solar as hopeless as that is here in the UK, has been more productive than wind.
Can I say a big thank you, to our North American forest croppers. Without your tireless dedication felling those CO2 absorbing and storing trees, needed to feed Drax power, we would have had black outs here in the UK in the past month!!!

Abolition Man
Reply to  Rod Evans
April 20, 2021 11:24 pm

Rod,
I believe they’re having a tough time finding enough suitable virgins to placate the climate gods, so they are using climate deniers instead!
The Global Warming bottomless pit; is that like the memory hole? Just asking for a friend!

Patrick MJD
April 20, 2021 11:06 pm

Snowing in Kentucky right now apparently.

menace
Reply to  Patrick MJD
April 21, 2021 8:20 am

St. Louis low this morning 29F broke record low of 32F
(however it was a rather high record low so “low hanging fruit”, e.g. the record low for Apr 24 was 25F)

ren
April 20, 2021 11:23 pm

The forecast of night frosts in April is merciless for French and German farmers.comment image

rah
Reply to  ren
April 21, 2021 11:57 am

The French are great at producing only three things; Wine, Cheese. and bread. When the wine is taken out it it is replace by Whine!

Petit_Barde
April 20, 2021 11:57 pm

farmers burning thousands of gallons of kerosene” :

If they listened to the (NASA) science, French winegrowers would know that this practice is useless :

Indeed, according to the NASA, those cold snaps are impossible thanks to the CO2, a “tiny heater” in the air which protects our grapes from the cold by emitting at 15 microns (which according to Wien’s displacement law, correspond to the peak wavelength of the spectral radiance of a black body at -80°C … so be careful, if they are in a bad mood, they can burn you !) :

https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/features/GlobalWarming/page2.php

/s

Coeur de Lion
April 20, 2021 11:58 pm

ENSO prediction centre is now saying that La Niña will re emerge in fall 2021 thu’ to winter 2022. Break out the wool lies.

ren
Reply to  Coeur de Lion
April 21, 2021 12:32 am

If the increase in solar wind speed continues, La Niña will soon return.comment imagecomment image

griff
April 21, 2021 12:12 am

And? This isn’t the start of a new ice age or even a halt to warming…

It is just weather – I’m following the line of numerous posters here who tell me yet another drought, typhoon, flood, heatwave is just ‘weather’.

Sara
Reply to  Eric Worrall
April 21, 2021 6:19 am

What did they use before kerosene became available? Had to be something similar.

David Kamakaris
Reply to  griff
April 21, 2021 4:23 am

Sure it’s weather, Griff. Precisely the type of weather that wouldn’t be occurring in a dangerously warming world.

Bindidon
Reply to  David Kamakaris
April 21, 2021 5:55 am

David Kamakaris

” … the type of weather that wouldn’t be occurring in a dangerously warming world. ”

Not sure.

In Western Europe, we experience since at least 30 years a huge increase of low pressure areas travelling over the Northwestern Atlantic from between Greenland and Iceland down to Germany and farther East.

In Berlin, you now feel sometimes as if you were in France or Belgium near the Channel coast.

No idea what this change is due to.

Some say it’s a consequence of an increase of sea and sheet ice melting.

We will see… nous verrons.

J.-P. D.

David Kamakaris
Reply to  Bindidon
April 21, 2021 10:06 am

“No idea what this change is due to.”

The same forcings that have been causing innumerable climate changes during the Earth’s 4.5 billion year history. Nothing unprecedented is occurring with our current climate.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  griff
April 21, 2021 5:06 am

In NZ wine growers use helicopters to stir up the frigid air.

Sara
Reply to  griff
April 21, 2021 6:23 am

Well, that’s all it is, griffie-pooh. It’s just weather, and in case you forgot: weather is short-term. Climate is long-term. There’s no instant ice age stuff unless Toba erupts again.

Now, if it doesn’t go away all summer (in the north) and we can’t swim in Lake Michigan because it’s too cold, that means the steelhead trout might be hungry enough to dive on fishing lures out in the middle of Lake Michigan. Very tasty, they are, too. But I digress. If it stays cold all summer into fall and the corn down in the central plains never has a chance to ripen into hard kernels until very late, that IS a problem. And yes, farmers i the Midwest have been out harvesting corn in the middle of November because that’s how bad the weather got. And that was in the 1960s.

Would you like some popcorn?

Redge
Reply to  griff
April 21, 2021 7:52 am

FWIW, Griff, I agree with you – it is just weather.

Remember that the next time you point to a weather event and claim it’s Thermageddon

I’ll bet the French are counting their lucky stars they have nuclear to keep them warm at night. It’s just a shame they are shutting them down.

rah
Reply to  griff
April 21, 2021 11:59 am

Yes it is weather the exact kind of weather that prompted the scammers to change the nomenclature of their scam from Global warming to Climate Change!

ren
April 21, 2021 12:22 am

“Following a seasonable and dry start to the week, portions of the central and eastern United States are bracing for a wintry spell that may leave some residents wondering if the calendar flipped back to wintertime.”

marcjf
April 21, 2021 12:25 am

Well the weather in April is unseasonably cold, but February and March was unseasonably warm. The problem has been a pattern of variation with freeze thaw, not necessarily a smooth transisition from winter to spring. This is not that unusual. Though I am a confirmed sceptic, I would not necessarily ascribe this event to any sort of either warming or cooling trend. It might be an early sign of a medium term cooling but personally think the evidence does not yet support such a conclusion.

Bindidon
Reply to  marcjf
April 21, 2021 5:45 am

marcjf

A sound comment.

And when you look at the French TMIN data I posted above, I guess you will feel confirmed.

J.-P. D.

To bed B
April 21, 2021 1:19 am

“The growing season around France’s wine regions has started. Vines are back in business. In the Côte d’Or area of Burgundy, the buds are swelling, whilst in the early-developing zones (young vines, clos, field blends) they are reaching the green tip stage. “Currently, we are 10 to 12 days ahead of 2018 and 4 to 6 days behind the earliest years such as 2017, 2014 and 2012. Cool temperatures over the coming days should slow the pace”, wrote the chamber of agriculture in its first Vitiflash bulletin of the season, dated March 25.

In Jura, most Chardonnay and Poulsard vines have reached the woolly bud stage.

In Maine-et-Loire, vineyard plots range from bud swelling to green tip stages”

The article was written on April 1
https://www.vitisphere.com/news-89296-Frances-vine-growing-season-kicks-off-early.htm

It seems that bud burst in the first or second week of April is normal. Frosts in mid April is going to cause crop losses in most years. The warmth before bit is irrelevant but they had to throw it in.

Gregory Woods
April 21, 2021 1:54 am

Back in the day, a long, long time ago, in Southern California, we used to light up the smudge pots on freezing nights in the orange orchards. Talk about carbon pollution!

UKJohn
April 21, 2021 2:50 am

In the UK we get a TV channel France 24, an English speaking French TV news channel.
France 24 covered this cold weather event and the effect on French wine growers about a week ago.
The article ended with the prediction that due to Climate Change such events can be expected to increase in the future.
So don’t expect this event to change anyone’s mind.

2hotel9
Reply to  UKJohn
April 21, 2021 3:57 am

Yes, getting cooler will certainly effect farmers.

2hotel9
April 21, 2021 3:58 am

Sitting here in western PA watching it snow. Damned globall warmining!

gmak
April 21, 2021 4:16 am

LIght snow falling today (April 21, 2021) in Ottawa, Canada. Below zero overnight expected again.

This is what you get when the jetstream shifts south, I guess. If we see this for 20 or 30 years, then I guess one could make the case that it might be climate and not weather. Until then… weather.

EwinBarnett
April 21, 2021 5:29 am
Sara
April 21, 2021 5:41 am

“At least a third of French wine production worth almost €2bn (£1.7bn) in sales will be lost this year…”

Oh, mon Dieu!! Maintenant, que faisons-nous??????? Peut-etre Il n’y à pas de fromage aussi?

Just raises the price, that’s all.

I guess I will have to settle for a snooty little Tuscan red…. My life is going right down the tubes.

Climate believer
Reply to  Sara
April 21, 2021 12:26 pm

Pas de panique Sara! there’s still plenty dans la cave… 😉

As for the fromage, remember Charles de Gaulle once famously said “how can you govern a country that has 246 varieties of cheese”

Sara
Reply to  Climate believer
April 21, 2021 1:10 pm

Ah! Je suis content!

D. J. Hawkins
April 21, 2021 5:55 am

Here is is April 21, and there is a frost warning in northern NJ for tomorrow morning. Still running the furnace in the mornings.

ResourceGuy
April 21, 2021 6:25 am

Talk about unsustainable industry, they did not factor in short and medium run cycle impacts on the jet stream and ocean temps. They deserve what they get in the home of the Paris (photo op) Agreement.

Gordon A. Dressler
April 21, 2021 7:21 am

Sorry, Eric, but obviously you have not been educated as to the latest theory being fronted by the AGM/CAGW alarmists:
The science is settled that global cooling is the direct result of global warming.

Dave-E
April 21, 2021 7:35 am

The first rule of grifters: Never give up the con.

ATheoK
April 21, 2021 8:10 am

Perhaps the coming shortage of 2021 season French wine”

Ah, no.

A) France has a number of wine growing zones. I doubt this frost injured grapes in every wine zone.

B) Growers prune grape vines during their dormant season to reduce excessive vegetative growth during the Spring-Summer season and to maximize berry size and flavor.

  • After each grape bud grows enough to form flower buds, growers typically remove excessive flower clusters. This is to maximize berry size and flavor profile.
  • Growers worried about a late frost try to protect developing flower buds. A 30% loss of seasonally current flower buds does not mean there will be 30% less wine!
  • Much can be done to mitigate early bud loss during the growing season itself.

Doomist prognostications regarding the wine crop well before the size of the crop is identified provide examples of the logical fallacy “argumentum ad ignorantium: (appeal to ignorance)”. The doomists don’t know, yet they predict doom anyway. Mostly, because they are sure they will alarm some of the people all of the time.

IanE
Reply to  ATheoK
April 21, 2021 11:29 am

Yes – but this must be great news for alcoholics anonymous. Though (speaking for a friend) this is dreadful news, even if exaggerated!

ATheoK
Reply to  IanE
April 21, 2021 1:58 pm

???

Alcoholics have a serious alcohol addiction; including many who have genetic tendencies towards addiction.

The sheer presence of wine may be detrimental towards an alcoholic’s remaining on the wagon. A slight reduction in one country or even a region’s wine crop will not allay that problem at all.

Prohibition uncovered the fallacy of believing that reducing or eliminating a legal source will prevent alcoholism, or any other addiction.

Back in HS, our Advanced Chemistry teacher challenged our class to form teams and find the most efficacious alcohol ferment and distillation.

  • Yeast populations double very quickly, quickly turning sugars into ethyl alcohol.
  • Within days, most teams’ one gallon alcoholic brews were fermented.
  • Within two weeks, all teams finished their distillations.
  • The most productive ferment was a simple mixture of sugar and raisins in water. Their ethyl alcohol production far outstripped my fermented cider method.

While most alcoholics lack the patience to brew their own alcohols, all are quite good at maintaining their access to or supplies of alcohol.
I doubt they’ll even notice France’s possible wine losses.

Reply to  ATheoK
April 21, 2021 9:32 pm

You had one heck of a high school chemistry teacher!

Climate believer
Reply to  ATheoK
April 21, 2021 12:33 pm

All true, well said. We’ll have to wait till May for a final conclusion.

rah
April 21, 2021 12:56 pm

walked in the door at 00:20 this morning.
I did a milk run up on the NW side of Chicago. Stops in:
Batavia
Two stops in Elgin
Last in Northbrook.

On the way up I hit rain then heavy wet blowing snow just north of Lafayette, IN. That was about 11:15. I actually drove out of the snow before I got on I-94/I-80. And by the time I was heading up north on the west side it was just cloudy skies.
When I finished the last stop the trailer was full to the tailgate. If the last stop had not had some small skids (standard if 4′ x 4′) they would not have been able to get all their freight on.

On the way back from about 30 miles north of Lafayette there was snow on the ground. The then at the 119 MM came upon a back up for an accident. Sat for 25 minutes. Right after that it started snowing. And it snowed all the rest of the way home to Anderson, IN.

The roads were fine but lots of drivers were backing off. Not me! Hammer down, there was spray coming off the tires and no white on the road except a little on the overpasses, so go baby go. Passed one heck of a lot of vehicles.

After turning in the paperwork and dropping the trailer in the assigned door I drove to where my pickup truck was parked and started it so it would warm up while I fueled and did my post trip on the big truck.

Despite that I had to use my scrapper and brush to clear the glass and the hood of my pickup of snow. Well over 2″ of heavy wet snow on the hood of my pickup.
At home and it looked like a winter wonder land out there because that heavy wet snow sticks to the branches of the trees and covers the bushes. The snow burden was enough that two large branches on one of my willow trees fell.

When I got up at noon there was more green than white showing and now what was nearly 3″ of snow cover is practically gone.

Joe Bastardi got it right on the snow, but the snow line in the east was further south than he forecasted.

Jeff Reppun
April 21, 2021 12:58 pm

Emergency calls need to be made to John Kerry, Al Gore and Michael Mann ASAP, to deliver on promises on global warming.

Ireneusz Palmowski
April 22, 2021 3:17 am

Waves of Arctic air will continue to fall over the US.comment image

Gary Pearse
April 22, 2021 4:59 am

“A third of this year’s French wine crop has reportedly been lost to a late season frost……raising concerns over the climate crisis.”(!)

We have a couple of inches of snow here in eastern Ontario over the past two days. These are the kind of headlines I remember from the 16th – to early 19th century. Didn’t George Washington and Benjamin Franklin have similar entries in their diaries?

Did you know that during the Revolutionary War, when the British occupied Manhattan, there was a stock of American cannons in a warehouse that Washington’s commandoes spirited out from under British noses by rolling them onto the frozen sea and thence to New Jersey where they were hauled ashore. Now that was the Arctic ice extent in those days. In Europe, even the Bosphorus in Turkey froze over.

Ulric Lyons
April 22, 2021 5:46 am

I had predicted the early April negative NAO episode months previously. There are worse late frosts than that coming over the next few years.

Ireneusz Palmowski
April 22, 2021 7:15 am

The polar vortex will still be active in mid-May and will bring Arctic air to the eastern US.comment image

Bindidon
Reply to  Ireneusz Palmowski
April 22, 2021 12:07 pm

ren

Why don’t you use your real name at Roy Spencer’s blog? It looks way better…

J.-P. D.

2hotel9
Reply to  Bindidon
April 23, 2021 5:03 am

You certainly love to dox people.

hudson
April 22, 2021 8:08 am

Wine is an absolutely unnecessary product that damages the environment and the climate.

Developing a vineyard often involves the destruction of natural forestland or grassland. Growing grapes often requires irrigation with increasingly scarce water resources. And turning grape juice into wine through the CO2-emitting fermentation process can’t be a good thing. Nor is transporting wine in heavy glass bottles half way around the world.

Anyone concerned with the environment and climate–particularly Green New Deal people– should ditch the wine and switch to water right out of the faucet.

Bindidon
Reply to  hudson
April 22, 2021 12:35 pm

hudson

Wine is an absolutely unnecessary product that damages the environment and the climate. ”

Wow! I am downright appalled by this severe judgment. Are you abstinent, hudson?

Do you know that the so-called water footprint – for Germany alone !!! – is for

  • wine 0.6,
  • raw sugar 2.2,
  • corn 3.4,
  • barley 7.0
  • coffee 10.6

and for

  • wheat 16.6

km³ per year?

How does it look like where you live?

And… I didn’t even mention the water footprints for beef and pork 🙂

J.-P. D.

hudson
Reply to  Bindidon
April 22, 2021 8:11 pm

Thanks. Good information. More wine, less bread.

Bindidon
Reply to  hudson
April 22, 2021 10:26 pm

hudson

Thanks in turn for the great answer.

But even better would be “More wine, more bread, more vegetables, more fish, less beef, less pork”.

J.-P. D.

Bindidon
April 22, 2021 12:54 pm

If I were you, I would stop whining about these poor French wines, and rather have a look at what could be far more devastating in the US:

comment image

It seems to me that these recent stratospheric events have much more impact in the US than in Europe, Russia and Siberia.

J.-P. D.

Jeff corbin
April 22, 2021 1:22 pm

In 2009 or 2010 ( the year of snowmaggaden for the mid Atlantic), Bastardi predicted 2011,2012 and 2013 would see a cooling trend, (remember the pause reported in those days), It turned out those winters were pretty cold a la Snowball England etc. He based his prediction on Arctic ice in and ice out dates with an eye toward the cooling impact of the deep solar minimum of the 23rd cycle, (2007-2009). Since then we have had a fairly weak Maximum (24th cycle), and another deep minimum similar to the minimum of the 24th cycle and we are now about 10 months into the 25th cycle. Now if the pattern repeats itself, we may begin to see some cooling in the North Hemisphere similar to 2011-2013. I wonder if there is a relationship between Solar Min/Max and grape yield and brix readings. Wine snob yap about vintages is worthless info. It’s April 22,2032 in PA at 1,000 feet, it’s bright and sunny with 40 MPG gusts at 39 F. The hard freeze this morning (27F) probably wiped out my cherries, peaches and apricots. We shall see. Last Spring a hard freeze on 5/4/2020 wiped out all my apples, grapes, peaches, cherries. T

spock
April 23, 2021 12:55 am

Well…of course global warming will cause colder temperatures…makes total sense to me and my friends Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny.

John B
April 23, 2021 7:02 am

Just a few incidental facts:

  • France has been overproducing wine for some time, which they cannot sell and much of it poor quality, pushing prices down – producers have been lamenting this for some time.
  • sales of wine in France have been hit this last year because… restaurants and bars have been closed since March 2020 to date except for three months in Summer; few tourists; functions such as weddings, parties, village festivals, etc not allowed; exports hit because of the CoVid crazy

But of course it is climate change that gets the blame. And since France has been overproducing, underproduction will not add to the glut from previous years of overproduction and unsold wine because of the current restrictions.

So… it’s an ill wind.

And the wine producers whine (sorry couldn’t resist) every year about something because they know if they whine loud enough the Government shovels money at them.

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