Europe is forecasting a sharp reduction to its apple and pear crop this season after a long-lasting spell of Spring cold followed by a brief (but much-documented) burst of July heat dealt production regions something of a one-two punch — yet another example of the Swings between Extremes brought on by a wavy jet stream, which itself is associated with historically low solar activity.
Apple production within the EU has been set at 10.5 million metric tons (MT) this year — a 20% drop compared to last year’s record-high figure, and an 8% reduction compared to the average of the previous three years, according to the World Apple and Pear Associated (WAPA).
While the Unions pear crop is forecast to reach just two million MT, a year-on-year decrease of 14%.
This season’s severe reduction has been influenced by several factors, says WAPA.
The most significant being the weather, it explains:
Crops were affected by a cold and wet April and May, a late and severe frost, and then an intense heatwave in July. In addition, crops also consistently experienced abrupt changes in temperature, as well as low blossoming.
The association points out that the brutal cold snap in May affected the apple crop across Eastern Europe in particular — for example, a catastrophic 44% loss of last year’s harvest was observed in Poland.
As for pears, “serious decreases” are expected in all major pear-producing countries, excluding the small increase registered in Spain, again according to WAPA.
As the MSM continues to pedal its “World on Fire” rhetoric, the facts on the ground –and in the trees– are telling a far more complex story:
MERIDIONAL (WAVY) JET STREAM
During a solar minimum, the jet stream’s usual tight Zonal Flow (a west–east direction) loses energy and reverts to more of a loose Meridional Flow (a north-south direction) — this is exaggerated further during a Grand Solar Minimum, like the one we’re entering now, and explains why regions become unseasonably hot or cold and others unusually dry or rainy:
Note the recent hysteria regarding the anomalous warmth lingering over Greenland.
Well Greenland’s cold temperatures didn’t up and vanish, they were simply diverted south by a wavy jet stream — it’s this that is the main reason for the lower latitudes experiencing record low temperatures of late.
In fact, the United States just suffered it’s coldest October to May in recorded history.
Furthermore, some regions of the planet actually warm during times of global cooling — the Arctic, Alaska and N Atlantic/S Greenland to name a few (though ‘warm’ to the Arctic, for example, still averages well-below zero, there is no additional melt):
Earth’s climate is cyclic, never linear — driven by the sun.
And history is repeating, our star is again shutting down (relatively).
Prepare for the cold.
Grand Solar Minimum + Pole Shift