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https://www.sott.net/article/409777-US-Government-warns-of-historic-widespread-flooding-Through-May-Food-prices-to-skyrocket-as-1000s-of-farms-are-destroyed

We have never seen catastrophic flooding like this, and the NOAA is now telling us that there will be more major flooding for at least two more months. On Thursday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warned that "historic, widespread flooding" would "continue through May". More than 90 percent of the upper Midwest and Great Plains is currently covered by an average of 10.7 inches of snow, and all of that snow is starting to melt. That means that we are going to transition from one of the worst winters in modern history to a flood season that has already taken an apocalyptic turn for farmers all across America. At this moment, millions of acres of farmland are already underwater. Thousands of farmers are not going to be able to plant crops this year, and thousands of other farmers that have been financially ruined by the floods will never return to farming again. This is already the worst agricultural disaster in modern American history, and it is going to get a whole lot worse.

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https://www.sott.net/article/410402-April-snow-falls-in-Charlotte-North-Carolina-for-only-2nd-time-in-over-100-years

Charlotte, North Carolina, was one of the bigger cities to see some snow accumulate. Tuesday was only the second time since 1915 that the city saw measurable snowfall during the month of April, according to AccuWeather Social Media Manager Jesse Ferrell. The other occurrence took place in 1982.

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Colorado ski resorts smash March records for snowfall
« Reply #42 on: April 07, 2019, 05:51:24 PM »
This past March will go down in the record books for Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Breckenridge Ski Resort, Copper Mountain Resort and Keystone Resort, which all received more March snowfall than ever before.

At Breckenridge, spokeswoman Sara Lococo said March's 111 total inches surpassed the previous high of 98 inches that Breckenridge received in March 2001. That's 13.3 percent more snow than March 2001. The 111 inches also makes March 2019 the third snowiest month on record at Breckenridge and the snowiest month outside of a pair of Januarys. The highest monthly snowfall total on record for the resort was 120 inches in January 2014, followed by 112 inches in January 1996.

At Copper Mountain, spokeswoman Taylor Prather said March 2019's 98 inches of snow was just about 14 percent more snowfall than Copper's previous March high, the 86 inches the resort received in March 2001. This past month also ranks as the fourth snowiest month on record since the resort opened in 1972. It's also the second snowiest month of this past decade.

At Keystone, March's 94 inches of snow was just under 19 percent more snow than the previous record March: March 2011's 79 inches of snow. March 2019 comes in as the third snowiest month on record at Keystone, only behind the 128 inches received in December 1983 and the 127 inches that fell in January 1996.
https://www.sott.net/article/410600-Colorado-ski-resorts-smash-March-records-for-snowfall

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Hail up to softball size smashes cars in Texas
« Reply #43 on: April 09, 2019, 05:51:05 PM »
https://www.sott.net/article/410761-Hail-up-to-softball-size-smashes-cars-in-Texas

Hail the size of softballs and suspected tornadoes caused extensive damage in parts of Texas.

Spring severe weather season is well underway across the U.S. South, with 125 tornadoes already reported this year across the country. In addition to generating some possible tornado sightings, Saturday's storms across Texas also produced some massive hail. Hailstones up to softball size resulted in some dramatic images of both the storms themselves and the damage they caused, including the battered car featured in the video.

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At least 5 dead after days of powerful storms in parts of the US
« Reply #44 on: April 21, 2019, 11:32:05 PM »
https://cnn.it/2GqYRNj

At least 5 dead after days of powerful storms in parts of the US

The powerful storms that ripped through parts of the United States last week killed at least five people in Mississippi, Florida and Alabama, officials said.

Mississippi reported an additional death Saturday, bringing the total number to three in that state, the emergency management agency said. It said 16 confirmed tornadoes hit the state Thursday.
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Record snowfall in Anchorage April 23, 2019.
« Reply #45 on: April 26, 2019, 07:03:45 AM »
23 Apr 2019 – Anchorage boasted another record daily snowfall yesterday, April 22, with 2.7 inches of snow.

The previous record of 1.7 inches was set on April 22, 2010. The snow total for April 2019 so far is 6.9 inches.

https://www.ktuu.com/content/news/Another-record-snowfall-sunshine-returns-soon-508928101.html

Thanks to Clay Olson for this link

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Historic snowstorm for Chicago.
« Reply #46 on: April 28, 2019, 09:35:09 AM »
Second record-breaking snowstorm in less than two weeks.

Winter storm watches or warnings have been issued for Boone, De Kalb, Ogle, Winnebago, Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, Lake and McHenry counties in Illinois, and for Kenosha, Racine and Walworth counties in Wisconsin.

Within the Winter Storm Watch area, there will be a swath of heavy snow with accumulations of 4 to 8 inches.

If O’Hare Airport sees more than 2.2 inches of snow from this system, says abcchicago.com, it will be the greatest snowfall on record this late in the season.

This follows the historic mid-April storm that dropped up to 8 inches of snow on parts of the Chicago area on April 14, when 5.4 inches of snow fell at O’Hare.

That was the area’s second biggest snow storm so late in the season, and the snowiest April 14 on record.

https://abc7chicago.com/weather/winter-storm-watch-issued-for-much-of-chicago-area-saturday/5272472/

https://abc7chicago.com/weather/chicago-weather-historic-mid-april-snow-storm-dumps-up-to-7-inches-cancels-1000-flights/5249289/

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This year's long and record-breaking winter has left many fields of Northwest America either frozen or flooded much later than normal and, as a result, farmers are struggling to get their seeds sown on time.

"We've had the longest winter ever," said Chris Voight, director of the Washington State Potato Commission. "Normally we start planting potatoes the end of February, but this year we weren't able to start planting until April 1."

After looking at the GFS Total Snowfall 10-Day Forecast, further delays appear to be on the cards.

As much as 24 inches of snow could fall in southern Montana early next week, with Wyoming and Idaho also badly affected. The totals appear even higher in northern Colorado.

https://www.sott.net/article/411900-The-longest-winter-ever-Farmers-in-Americas-Northwest-face-2-month-planting-delays

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California – Fourth snowiest winter on record
« Reply #48 on: May 02, 2019, 06:44:58 PM »
Key Survey Shows Sierra Snowpack Measures 162%

At the beginning of April, the snowpack at Phillips Station measured 106.5 inches — roughly  200 percent of average for the date at the location

Overall, the Sierra snowpack measured approximately 162 percent of average, more than triple the number one year ago.

California’s reservoirs were also in great shape, with most at or above their historical averages. Some were already filled 80 to 90 percent of capacity.

“With full reservoirs and a dense snowpack, this year is practically a California water supply dream,” DWR Director Karla Nemeth said in a news release.

This is from an April 2nd article by Tracy Bloom
https://ktla.com/2019/04/02/california-water-supply-dream-key-survey-shows-sierra-snowpack-measures-162/

Top Snowiest Sierra Snowpacks (in snow water equivalent):
1. 2016-17 (94.7 inches)
2. 2005-06 (78.3 inches)
3. 2010-11 (72.7 inches)
4. 2018-19 (61.3 inches)
https://twitter.com/NWSSacramento/status/1120040440403775488

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Historic snowfall shatters old records in Minnesota
« Reply #49 on: May 11, 2019, 09:19:49 AM »
Snowiest month of May ever.
Most snow on a single day in the month of May ever.
Snowiest May 8 ever.

Through Thursday morning, Duluth was blanketed with 10.9 inches of snow, leading to a number of broken snowfall records, according to the National Weather Service. One spot just southwest of Duluth reported 12 inches of snow as of Thursday afternoon.

The 8.3 inches shattered the record for most snow on a single day in the month of May, breaking the old record of 5.5 inches set on May 10, 1902.

It also made it the snowiest month of May ever in Duluth, beating the old record of 8.1 total inches set in May of 1954.

And it made it the snowiest May 8 in Duluth history, far surpassing the old record for the day of 5 inches set in 1924.

Record-keeping in Duluth began in 1884.

The winter-like storm unleashed historic snow amounts along a band from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to Duluth, Minnesota.

https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/photos-may-storm-brings-heavy-snow-slippery-travel-to-minnesota/70008224

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Heavy rains in South leave some trapped, others afloat
« Reply #50 on: May 13, 2019, 08:42:59 PM »
https://dailym.ai/2vSBl73

Heavy rains in South leave some trapped, others afloat
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Mississippi authorities rescued a man clinging to a tree and another man and his 4-year-old child from the roof of a submerged pickup truck as heavy rains caused flooding in the state and in neighboring Louisiana.

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“The excessive rains in many parts of the U.S. this week come just as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released data showing the last 12 months have been the wettest in recorded history for the Lower 48 states.”

“This is probably the most hellacious rain I’ve ever heard in my life,” tweeted Matt Lanza, meteorologist for the Houston weather website SpaceCityWeather.com.

The storms left “nearly 90,000 residents without power and dozens reportedly trapped for a time in floodwater on Interstate 10,” The Washington Post’s Timothy Bella reported.

This was Houston’s second stormy night of the week. “As much as six to ten inches (15 to 28 cm) of rain fell Tuesday in the region.”

“Flooding this week has affected not only southeast Texas but also parts of the southern Plains, the South, and Great Lakes.”

Parts of Houston also reported hail the size of tennis balls, in some cases the size of grapefruit. (Imagine what that would do to your car.)

https://www.chron.com/news/article/Genuinely-scary-Torrential-rain-in-Houston-13834973.php

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Latest spring start on record in parts of US
« Reply #52 on: May 17, 2019, 08:41:35 PM »
Could have serious effect on agriculture.

Portions of Washington and Oregon saw the latest spring start on record, while parts of Kansas and Oklahom saw the latest arrival of spring in 38 years, says weather.com.

In other parts of the Plains, such as South Dakota and Nebraska, a late spring like this year’s only happens once every 10 or more years.

In Michigan, Marquette was hit by above-average snowfall (227.5 inches) and is experiencing its second-longest streak of temperatures below 70 F. The last time temperatures reached at least 70 F was 238 days ago on September, 17, 2018. The current record longest streak is 252 days.

“The record will be tied if the temperature does not climb to at least 70 degrees by May 28. Based on the current forecast for Marquette, it is possible that a new record could be set.”

https://weather.com/news/weather/news/2019-05-15-late-spring-2019-cool-wet-delayed-crops

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Oklahoma reels, Missouri declares state of emergency from storm, floods
« Reply #53 on: May 22, 2019, 08:44:53 PM »
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Oklahoma reels, Missouri declares state of emergency from storm, floods
(Reuters) - Dozens of people were rescued from rising floodwaters and felled trees that smashed homes and blocked roadways in Oklahoma, as severe storms unleashing tornadoes and heavy rain roared through the central United States on Tuesday.


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Denver Weather: City Sees Biggest Late May Snow In 44 Years
« Reply #54 on: May 23, 2019, 07:21:16 PM »
https://denver.cbslocal.com/2019/05/21/denver-late-may-snow-44-years-record-cold-colorado/

DENVER (CBS4) – As of 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Denver had officially received 3.4 inches of snow. That’s the most snow measured this late in the season since May 29, 1975 when 5.6 inches hit the city.

In addition to the snow, Denver tied the record low temperature for May 21 when the official thermometer for the city dropped to 31 degrees Tuesday morning. It was previously 31 degrees on this date in 2001 when 1 inch of snow fell.


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https://electroverse.net/cold-and-wet-weather-to-blame-for-the-slowest-maize-planting-season-on-record/

Arable farmers are likely to see prices for wheat and barley continue to climb for the remainder of the season after the cost of their rival maize skyrockets off the back of serious planting concerns in the US, according to market analysts.

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Snowiest May EVER in parts of California
« Reply #56 on: May 26, 2019, 05:40:59 PM »
24 May 2019 – After receiving a record amount of snow for May, Mammoth Mountain announced that it will stay open into August.

Only two previous seasons have lasted into August – 2017 and 1995 – according to Mammoth Snowman.

Mammoth has already received 29 inches of snow, the most ever recorded in the month of May, beating the previous record of 28 inches set in May 2015. And there’s still a week to go in the month.

The latest storm brought an additional 9 to 10 inches of snow, including three inches in the past 24 hours … just in time for Memorial Day.

The resort anticipates snow each day over the holiday weekend, including 6 to 12 inches on Sunday, according to Mammoth’s website.

For the season, Mammoth has received 489 inches of snow at Main Lodge and an incredible 715 inches at the summit.

https://ktla.com/2019/05/24/mammoth-mountain-records-snowiest-may-on-record-and-theres-a-full-week-left-in-the-month/

https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-mammoth-snowfall-record-20190524-story.html

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Multiple tornadoes and severe storms plague the US from coast to coast
« Reply #57 on: May 31, 2019, 07:00:57 AM »
https://www.sott.net/article/413990-Multiple-tornadoes-and-severe-storms-plague-the-US-from-coast-to-coast

The National Weather Service confirmed tornadoes in Kansas and Pennsylvania on Tuesday night, marking the 13th consecutive day of severe storms.

Severe storms stretched across the nation Tuesday, including tornadoes in Kansas and Pennsylvania, while catastrophic flooding puts other states at risk. It's only the latest outbreak of extreme weather that's been plaguing the U.S. for nearly two weeks.

Tuesday's violent weather marks the 13th consecutive day of such severe storms, coming a day after a series of devastating tornadoes hit western Ohio late Monday. That dangerous streak included an average of 27.5 tornadoes occurring each day.

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Midwest farmers are still under water following winter storm.
« Reply #58 on: June 04, 2019, 06:22:05 PM »
Never a spring planting season like this one

The 12 months that ended with April were the wettest ever for the contiguous U.S.  Rivers topped their banks. Levees breached. Fields filled with water and mud. And it kept on raining.

Corn plantings are further behind schedule for this time of year than they have been in records dating to 1980.

Analysts are predicting an unheard-of 6 million acres intended for the grain may simply go unsown this year.

“Every farmer that I talk to says, ‘I’ve never seen anything like this in my life,” said Tom Sleight, CEO of the U.S. Grains Council, a trade group.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-06-01/the-wettest-and-wildest-planting-season-farmers-can-remember

See slideshow showing Midwest flooding earlier this year:
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/photo-essays/2019-03-23/midwest-submerged-in-floodwaters-following-winter-stormfloodwaters-following-winter-storm

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H.B. Schmidt

Upper Colorado River snow water equivalent (SWE) has become so massive they’ve had to redraw the scale used to measure it (percent of average values at the bottom of the graph):


Upper Colorado Basin Snowpack Graphs

There’s approximately still 10.8 inches (26 cm) of SWE left in the snowpack that feeds the mighty Colorado River which provides water to more than 40 million residents in Las Vegas, Phoenix, and southern California. The average SWE for today is usually seen on May 10th.

We’re a month behind normal with the melt season, in part due to the massive amounts of precipitation that fell this winter (a NON-El Niño year, I might add) combined with well below normal temperatures in April and May. Eastern Nevada still has over 13 inches (33 cm) of SWE, all of which feeds into Lake Mead.
https://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/snow/snotel-wedata.html

As a resident of Phoenix for the past 16 years, this is welcome news. I can only hope that the non-El Niño conditions of the past two years which have led to record snowpacks in California and above normal precipitation in the Colorado River Basin continues its generosity going forward.
Upper Colorado Basin Snowpack Graphs


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