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Severe Frosts Ravage WA Winter Crop, Study: CO2 from Australia’s Wildfires Offset by Algal Blooms, + Gas Shortages Begin Closing Industry Across Europe

Frosts Harm WA Winter Crop

SEVERE frosts in Western Australia’s central grainbelt and a dry spring have conspired to shave around 700,000 tonnes off the state’s winter crop estimates in the past month, reports

In its September crop report, the Grain Industry Association of WA (GIWA) is now predicting the state will produce 19.307 million tonnes (Mt) of winter crop, down from the 20.027Mt forecast just a month ago, with further drops expected.

GIWA Board member and report author, Michael Lamond, said the recent frost had shifted attention away from the lack of spring rain. The very cold temperatures experienced in early September will reduce deliveries by growers in the worst hit areas by at least 50 per cent on what was expected prior to the frost events, explained Lamond.

There were also several frost events in late August over a much wider area of WA that has taken the top off crops that were at vulnerable growth stages. As well as this, more recently there were some very cold mornings that will impact grain yields for crops that were flowering in regions away from the worst hit locations.

The full extent of the impact from these frosts will not be evident for a few more weeks yet, but they are expected to be bad.

Furthermore, and as I hinted at in yesterday’s article, a violent buckling of the jet stream is set to divert a brutal Antarctic air mass over the majority of the Australian continent next week, which will of course compound the current frost woes:

GFS 2m Temp Anomalies (C) Sept 20 – Sept 25 [].

This coming event looks absolutely devastating, record-threatening, in fact — particularly between Sept 20 to Sept 23.

The mercury is on course to nosedive across the vast majority of the country, with many states set to suffer temperature departures as much as 16C below the seasonal average.

Late-season snow will accompany the cold — accumulations that, too, will likely prove record-breaking:

GFS Total Snowfall (cm) Sept 17 – Oct 3 [].

Also worth nothing, in the lower rainfall regions, the soil profile has also dried out to a point where the capacity for crops to recover from the frost will be limited. The continuing dry conditions are impacting crops in the northern grain growing regions, that were not impacted as much by the frost, and these have lost a lot of potential in the last few weeks.

The worst-case scenario has developed in the northern grain growing regions, points out the article.

Expect further strains on an already tight global grain market.

CO2 from Australia’s Wildfires Offset by Algal Blooms

Most of the carbon dioxide released by Australia’s extreme wildfires of 2019-2020 has already been sucked out of the atmosphere by giant ocean algal blooms that were seeded by the nutrient-rich ash, a new study reveals.

As the vegetation combusted during the Nov 2019 – Jan 2020 wildfires, about 715 million tonnes of carbon dioxide were released into the atmosphere. This led to fears that the fires would be a major contributor to global warming, and ill-informed, fear-mongering articles began peppering mainstream media feeds.

However, new research has now shown that a whopping 80 per cent of this carbon dioxide has been absorbed by ocean algal blooms that began flourishing when iron-rich ash from the fires rained down into the water.

Ash contains iron that can promote growth of microscopic marine algae called phytoplankton, says study author Richard Matear at CSIRO, Australia’s national science research body. As phytoplankton grow, they capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through the process of photosynthesis.

While analyzing data from satellites and floating measurement stations, Matear and his colleagues found that two large phytoplankton colonies –known as algal blooms– grew in regions where ash from the wildfires drifted out to sea.

Based on the rate of growth of the algal blooms and the length of time they existed –about three months– the researchers were able to estimate how much carbon dioxide they removed from the atmosphere.

The two blooms together exceeded the area of Australia. But because they were in the open ocean, they didn’t look like the thick carpets of algae that can grow in coastal regions and harm fish and other creatures, says Matear: “The concentration of phytoplankton is relatively low because the water is deep and cold and well-mixed,” he says.

Since phytoplankton sit at the bottom of the marine food chain, their rapid growth may have boosted other marine life in these areas, but this hasn’t yet been studied, says Matear — in other words, and as was suggested by realists at the time, wildfires are a necessary function of nature, and they aid life far more than they hinder it..

Wildfires used to be considered carbon neutral because the CO2 they released was recaptured through photosynthesis when burnt vegetation grew back. But with climate alarmists now in control of the narrative, the claimed increasing frequency and intensity of wildfires purportedly means that vegetation regrowth won’t be enough to offset the carbon emissions of wildfires.

Science has proved the alarmists wrong, yet again.

The latest study suggests that marine algal blooms are another tool nature can implement to capture wildfire emissions, says Pep Canadell at CSIRO: “It shows a very nice connection between the land and the ocean and how the system tries to balance things out,” he concludes.

Journal reference: NatureDOI: 10.1038/s41586-021-03805-8

Gas Shortages Close Industry Across Europe

UK: Record energy prices have forced two fertilizer plants to shut down and brought steel plants to a halt.

The US fertiliser maker CF Industries has halted production at its plants in the north of England because of rocketing gas prices, which have reached successive record highs across Europe in recent weeks.

As reported by, Goldman Sachs, a major commodity trader, warned soaring prices would mean heavy industries across Europe running the risk of blackouts this winter, particularly if freezing temperatures drag into 2022 across Europe and in Asia.

The warning came as UK Steel, the industry’s trade body, said steelmakers were already forced to pause work during peak electricity demand hours due to market prices for power.

The boss of the energy supplier E.ON UK used an interview with the Financial Times to call on the government to help hard-pressed households by moving the cost of supporting renewable energy subsidies from energy bills to general taxation.

In Spain, the government plans to claw back €3bn (£2.6bn) from energy generator profits, and put in place tax breaks for consumers, in order to stem the economic contagion of runaway energy prices. In France, Macron and his stooges are considering plans for direct subsidies for energy payments. While Greece has amassed a €150m rescue fund to cut all consumer bills.

Energy prices have rocketed across Europe owing to a global boom in gas demand following a historically cold winter that depleted gas storage facilities. There has also been trouble importing gas from Norway and Russia which has cut its exports to Europe in recent months — no doubt a political play.

The gas price hike has proven particularly difficult for the UK because it relies heavily on gas-fired power plants, and increasingly of failing renewables. This year, some of the lowest summertime wind speeds since 1961 have led to the nation’s wind farms being largely redundant.

Compounding the UK’s energy woes comes the news this week that one of its biggest power cables responsible for importing electricity from France would be forced to shut until late March after a fire at a converter station in Kent. The cable shutdown means the UK will rely even more heavily on electricity generated domestically by gas-fired power plants, and on coal plants that have already raked in record payments in order to keep the lights on.

The situation threatens to drive millions more Europeans into fuel poverty as failing renewables, poor planning, and what appears to be the controlled demolition of western society continues.

UK Steel said at current electricity prices it was already impossible for steel producers to be profitable at certain times of day or night and urged the government and the regulator to intervene: “The government must be prepared to take action as this situation continues,” said Gareth Stace, the group’s director general. “Electricity prices increase in the winter months, therefore the situation gets more urgent each and every day.”

The day we realists feared is perilously close.

A dismantling of capitalism is in play, under the guise of “saving the planet”.

Resist it — do not rely on the system.

Instead, run for the hills — become self-sufficient.

Time is short.

The COLD TIMES are returning, the mid-latitudes are REFREEZING, in line with the great conjunction, historically low solar activitycloud-nucleating Cosmic Rays, and a meridional jet stream flow (among other forcings).

Both NOAA and NASA appear to agree, if you read between the lines, with NOAA saying we’re entering a ‘full-blown’ Grand Solar Minimum in the late-2020s, and NASA seeing this upcoming solar cycle (25) as “the weakest of the past 200 years”, with the agency correlating previous solar shutdowns to prolonged periods of global cooling here.

Furthermore, we can’t ignore the slew of new scientific papers stating the immense impact The Beaufort Gyre could have on the Gulf Stream, and therefore the climate overall.

Prepare accordingly— learn the facts, relocate if need be, and grow your own.

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18 Thoughts to “Severe Frosts Ravage WA Winter Crop, Study: CO2 from Australia’s Wildfires Offset by Algal Blooms, + Gas Shortages Begin Closing Industry Across Europe”

  1. Dallas Schneider

    Even Steel Mills need back up generators!
    Get your best Butterfly net out and capture a UFO,
    set it in your backyard, and plug in!!!
    Welcome to poverty, the leading economic center of the world?
    BTW, how are those other two great city-states doing?
    U know, the military center of the world, Washington, DC &
    the religious center of the world, the Vatican?

    1. Petrichor

      Independent news stories noting the strange recent vacancy of Washington DC government buildings (and the IMF building) kept wondering why.

      Since the Cumbre Vieja volcano began erupting yesterday, it would seem they anticipate the land-slip on the West side of the Volcano to trigger the long-predicted Mega Tsunami which will drown the Atlantic coasts of North and South America. The elite and their coteries have headed for the high ground.

  2. Gerry, England

    It will be a disaster if the likes of Eon get to hide the huge cost of unreliable energy in general taxation. People need to pay the full amount via their bills so they can see how expensive and stupid our energy policy is, and if they have any sense, do something about it.

  3. Laura Fernandez Diaz

    Estimado, ¿qué es WA? Entiendo que algunos lugares, organizaciones y otras cosas sean muy conocidas por sus siglas, pero ésta no la conozco. En el título y el primer párrafo debería ir escrita la palabra completa colocando entre paréntesis la sigla, así se sabe que esa es la forma de abreviarla. Saludos.

    1. Kathy

      Western Australia…
      I wouldn’t read too much into “graincentrals comments” Yes we had some severe frost but all in all its going to be in the record books as one of best crops in years…

  4. matt dalby

    I’m not sure if what we’re witnessing re. high energy prices and industry shutting down is the planned dismantling or capitalism or just sheer stupidity/gross incompetence on the part of our leaders.
    In some ways it’s irrelevant as the effect on ordinary people will be the same.

    1. TW

      You can only blame stupidity so many times before you realise that despite being “stupid” they always win

      1. prioris

        It is very difficult for people to believe that evil is planned by the very institutions that are supposedly there to protect them. Betrayal on a mass scale has always been unthinkable for most people. They will say that if such a thing were to occur, we would all know about it.

        1. TW

          “They will say that if such a thing were to occur, we would all know about it.”

          Of course they would, they are well informed, they watch BBC AND read the Guardian 😀

  5. Finn Olav Olsen

    Fire in the electrik line from France to England .
    I read that earlier today.

  6. Blizzards killed wildfire

    China was hoping the grain output would be better this year when Austrila said no china said- man thats cold.

  7. Blizzards killed wildfire

    She comes down from yellow mountain
    On a dark flat land she rides
    On a pony she named wildfire
    With a wirlwind by her side
    On a cold Nebraska night

    They say she died one winter
    When there came a killing frost
    And the pony she named wildfire
    Busted down his stall
    In a blizzared he was lost

    Ran calling wildfire
    She ran calling wildfire
    Calling wildfire

  8. DIrk Pitt

    Snowing now at Mt Bachelor Oregon, USSA. It also snowed the last two nights at Crystal Mt in Washington State, USSA and melted early in the day. It’s a start

  9. Thomas Dunn

    Was great to read some news of the world.

  10. Kathy

    A bit disappointed in referencing graincentral. Thats more of marketing comment to crank the grain market for foreign(foreign to Australia) markets. We will still only get whats paying at the time and a lot has been forward sold…
    Western Australian has been hit with severe frosts, it’s also been a cold winter and extremely wet in southern halves but was still relatively good rain in the northern regions. Some farms missed out, but it’s west aust, can sit on your verandah and watch the neighbour get washed away, while your clothes are drying in the sun…
    The crops are looking like producing a record breaking crop, but frost took some edge off that. It may not be the best ever but (touchwood) all goes well, it will be a good season, there will be some happy farmers this year.. Now next year may be the killer, so let’s make the most of it, WA only gives you a bumper harvest every 6 years, but lately we’ve had some reasonable seasons in most parts of the grainbelt and the rest of state…
    Please don’t just use comments without looking behind the story, we get enough of this on facebook, WA is trying to hold out against a lot of outside influences, claiming we had gone down stream in a barbwire canoe without a paddle, is typical of the world over dramatizing things…

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