Last week at a fund raising dinner I sat next to the owner of a local vineyard who explained why a shortage exists in one of his signature wines. It was due to two cold springs in a row, then followed up by a cool summer in 2011. Spring freezes in April and May killed some of his vines. The cool summer slowed the growth of sugar in the surviving grapes.
Now we learn up to 100% of this years apple crop in New York state have been destroyed by a late spring hard freeze.
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY
APR 29 2012
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF… NIAGARA FALLS… MEDINA… ROCHESTER… NEWARK… FAIR HAVEN… OSWEGO… WATERTOWN… LOWVILLE… BUFFALO… BATAVIA… WARSAW… GENESEO… CANANDAIGUA… JAMESTOWN… OLEAN… WELLSVILLE… ORCHARD PARK… SPRINGVILLE
HARD FREEZE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EDT THIS MORNING…
LOCATIONS…ALL OF WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEW YORK.
TV Interviews this morning with New York apple orchard owner indicated they have lost 100% of their crop.
These are stand alone events, but maybe early indicators of what is ahead. The first indicators we are on the cusp of the next grand minimum will be shortening of the growing season, late spring frosts and early fall freezes. We will be on the lookout for June killing frosts in America’s bread basket. Stay Tuned.