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World Crops Threatened
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World Crops Threatened by Strengthening La Nina
26 Dec. 08 - La Nina conditions have developed rapidly across the equatorial Pacific Ocean during the past few weeks, said Drew Lerner, president of World Weather Inc. in Overland Park, Kansas. He said that may indicate more dry weather in parts of South America in the next three months and a wet, cold start to the U.S. planting season in March.

La Nina - “the little girl” in Spanish - is caused by lower-than-normal surface-water temperatures in the Pacific. It can trigger widespread changes in weather around the world, Lerner said.

The latest forecasts from NOAA now predict a stronger La Nina event next year compared with projections a month ago, Lerner said. Conditions indicate that this La Nina also will last for an extended period, increasing the crop risks in both South America and the U.S., Lerner said.

The U.S. Midwest and northern Mississippi Delta region should have a significantly wetter, colder March and April, Lerner said

See entire article by Jeff Wilson:
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601086&sid=aj1nH.0owWcY
Thanks to John Sumption for this link

 

27 Dec 08 – A trip to the snow-laden Changu Lake turned into a nightmare for more than 3, 500 tourists on Friday. They were trapped in snowstorm conditions with the temperature dipping to minus 15 degrees at a killing altitude of 13,300 feet before the army pulled them to safety.

In the morning, there was little indication of what was to come. Tourists flocked to the Changu Lake by the hundreds as they do every day.

It started with a heavy shower. The temperature plummeted sharply. The skies seemed to turn clear for a moment but suddenly, heavy snowfall started near the India-China border, 35 km from Gangtok. Roads went under a couple of feet of snow in no time. Over 450 vehicles were immediately trapped.

Local guides assured them that the weather would clear up, but it only got worse. More snow fell. More vehicles got stranded in the higher reaches. With the mercury dropping to minus 10 and continuing southward, the wind picked up, cutting into exposed skin, finding its way past windscreens, locked car doors and inside jackets.

The administration sent an SOS to the army that has several camps in the area. Unit 17 of the army’s elite mountain division swung into action. Aided by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Border Roads Organization and local police, they rescued around 1,500 tourists from 230 vehicles. Many had to be rushed for treatment while the rest were given shelter in the army camps.

The remaining tourists were rescued late in the afternoon even though their vehicles remained stranded.

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2008/12/27/blizzard-traps-thousands-in-india/
Thanks to Craig Adkins and Marc Morano for this link

 



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