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To: LoneClone who wrote (5417)11/9/2019 7:03:53 PM
From: Old_Sparky
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'Well, just coming to an end is a record-setting fall drought, fortunately much shorter, consisting of 13 straight days without rain. "

Okay now you are just trolling me. Any other place on earth ,13 days without rain is not a drought. Its nice weather.

Just be happy you are not spending time here this weekend.

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To: Old_Sparky who wrote (5418)11/9/2019 7:41:36 PM
From: LoneClone
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Since it has not happened before in the time since we started keeping records, I thought it was noteworthy. I can't verify this, but someone told me it was the first dry Hallowe'en in Vancouver in 18 years.

Although I have not lived in Alberta since I was 4, I have experienced snow in Calgary in all 12 months, so nothing surprises me about your weather.

One time I was playing in the Canadian Ultimate Championships in Calgary in early August. At halftime I looked around and noticed it was simultaneously sunny, raining, very windy, hailing, and sleeting, with thunder and lightning off in the distance -- lots of weather!

We are back to a normal November here now -- it is raining and windy. I'll take that over cols any day.


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From: johnlw11/16/2019 12:03:47 PM
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Millions of acres of canola freeze on Canada's Prairies, compounding 'harvest from hell'

This year will be remembered as the "harvest from hell," said farmer John Guelly, chairman of the Alberta Canola industry group.

Updated: November 15, 2019

Heavy snow and rain during harvest on the Canadian Prairies have left several million acres of canola buried until spring, the latest blow in a miserable year that may compound farmer problems into 2020.

Canola is renowned as Canada’s most profitable crop, exported to China, Japan and Mexico to make vegetable oil and animal feed. But in March, Beijing revoked the licenses of Canadian exporters Richardson International and Glencore Plc’s agriculture unit, Viterra Inc, slowing China’s overall purchases amid a broader diplomatic dispute.

Heavy snow and rain during harvest on the Canadian Prairies – including this canola field east of Cremona, Alta., on Nov. 5, 2019 – have left several million acres of canola buried until spring, the latest blow in a miserable year that may compound farmer problems into 2020. Mike Drew / Mike Drew/Postmedia

Canola futures are down three per cent year over year in the world’s biggest canola-growing country despite severe harvest problems that normally would lift prices, adding further pressure to declining farm incomes.

This year will be remembered as the “harvest from hell,” said farmer John Guelly, chairman of the Alberta Canola industry group. Canola’s problems may even frustrate some from sowing it next year, he said.

“I think there will be a pullback in acres for sure.”

In Alberta, 17 per cent of canola was unharvested as of Nov. 5, according to the provincial government, along with 12 per cent of Saskatchewan’s canola and nine per cent of Manitoba’s output measured around the same time. Based on Canadian government planting estimates, that unharvested canola represents some 2.7 million acres, or 13 per cent of national plantings.

Some harvesting occurred after the latest provincial estimates, but the volume of unharvested crops looks to be the most in three years, said Shawn Jaques, chief executive of Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corp.

Crops that remain in fields over the winter are subject to wildlife damage and to spoilage, but some of it can usually be salvaged at a discount.

Needing to harvest the previous crop once fields dry in spring can delay farmers from planting the next crop, however.

“There is palpable frustration,” said Curtis Rempel, vice-president of crop production at the Canola Council of Canada. “The fall was so tough for so many growers and right now people are still thinking about, ‘what does my spring look like in terms of harvesting?’”

Nov. 15 was the deadline for farmers in Saskatchewan and Alberta, the two biggest canola-growing provinces, to file insurance claims. Collecting is an uncertain process, however, and many farmers count on their last harvested acres to make up their profit margin once expenses are paid, said Todd Lewis, president of Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan.

This year has been “very long, very frustrating,” said Lewis. “It’s really hitting guys in the pocketbook.”

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To: johnlw who wrote (5420)11/16/2019 4:46:27 PM
From: TheJackofHearts
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Interesting.. I got my garlic in just before the Toronto freeze.. (a lot of garlic :) idea of course just like tulips.. get them in so roots develop but then they go dorm,ant from cold but are ready to explode in spring... This might be a second season of simulated spring garlic planting .. I was in 2 weeks ahead of last year which froze early...

cold next week but we crack 0 :) should be 7ish for highs this time of year...

Spring cleanup gonna be lots of work as prolly 40% of leaves were on the trees at freeze...

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From: johnlw11/17/2019 6:52:44 PM
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Rogers Sugar gives up on Alberta beet harvest

2019-11-07 17:28 ET - News Release

Ms. Manon Lacroix reports


Rogers Sugar Inc., due to the impact of recent severe adverse weather in Alberta on the 2019 sugar beet crop, has decided to terminate the beet harvest.

This decision was made following an exhaustive analysis by the Alberta Sugar Beet Growers and the corporation, which jointly determined that severe snow and frost damage has resulted in an inability to store or process the unharvested damaged sugar beet crop. As a result, we now estimate that the current crop should derive a quantity of refined sugar ranging between 60,000 metric tonnes to 70,000 metric tonnes. The corporation is currently reviewing all available options to service its customers, one of which will include the supply of cane sugar from the Vancouver and Montreal refineries, which both have excess capacity.

About Rogers Sugar Inc.

Rogers holds all of the common shares of Lantic Inc. and its administrative office is in Montreal. Lantic operates cane sugar refineries in Montreal and Vancouver, as well as the only Canadian sugar beet processing facility in Taber, Alta.

We seek Safe Harbor.

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From: 3bar11/18/2019 6:19:37 AM
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This is an interesting video pairs pandemics/plagues with GSM over time . Also has a great explanation why and pairs GSM with low sun spot counts . Through observation of sun , carbon 14 in ice and knowledge of glaciation history . Taking low Sun Spot counts from a proxy to a fact as an agent . Around 15 minutes .

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From: johnlw11/29/2019 12:55:29 PM
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Ontario homes at risk of flooding should be made public: report

"...However, Mr. Feltmate predicted forcing such disclosures could prompt sharp, short-term declines in prices of “red-tagged” homes. Homeowners “are going to flip,” he predicted. “I can guarantee that when these flood-risk maps come out, it is going to be a political nightmare. And to a certain degree, that’s really why they haven’t been rolled out....”

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To: johnlw who wrote (5424)12/16/2019 10:44:21 AM
From: Benny-Rubin
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How can the NWS or any local weather source mess up a forecast for Las Vegas. This is my 2nd week here and the weather is beautiful. The forecast for last Saturday night was for partly cloudy skies and during the last hour of the night the sky's opened ,lightning wind and downpour. Now I'm not Kreskin but there will be a weather event that will be catastrophic do to blown NWS forecasting. Really pisses me off to see just how lax these clowns are.

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From: LoneClone12/17/2019 4:58:20 PM
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Extreme weather leaves 45 million in Southern Africa facing severe food shortages

Unprecedented drought will endanger the food supply for tens of millions of Africans in the coming months – and the link to climate change is increasingly clear

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From: LoneClone12/19/2019 6:22:09 PM
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One helluva storm is battering the Pacific coast right now.

Yesterday the outer coast of Vancouver Island got up to 150mm -- 6 inches -- of rain in one day!. Fortunately that part of the storm bypassed Vancouver -- we only got 15 mm yesterday and it looks like 25 more today -- but now it is triggering extensive flooding in Washington state as it heads south.

Here in BC once you get away from the coast prediction are for up to 60 cm -- 2 feet+ -- of snow over 18 hours, so travel is the BC interior is not advised at present.

The happiest of all are the skiers, as the freezing level is low enough that they are all getting huge dumps from this system.


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