France’s wine output will fall 12% this year, according to a statement released by the agriculture ministry on Friday, after several severe spring frosts ravaged vineyards across the country.
Overall production is estimated to reach 43.4 million hectolitres (1.15 billion gallons), down from 49.4 million hectolitres just a year earlier.
Large swathes of France were battered by intense cold during the spring months, which killed off young grape clusters or, at best, stunted their growth, particularly in the west. And although the subsequent and much-reported brief bursts of summer heat didn’t help, it was those early frosts that did the bulk of damage, regardless of how the MSM opts to paint it:
The agriculture ministry added that rains in early August limited the losses in some areas, though hail reportedly damaged several vineyards in the Beaujolais region, famous for its young “nouveau” wines.
All this serves as yet another example of the Swings Between Extremes brought on by the Grand Solar Minimum:
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:
Cold air is diverted south — bringing those brutal, record-breaking spring frosts to central Europe.
Warm air is shifted north — bringing those intense bursts of summer heat.
We human’s have nothing to do with it. The natural phenomenon is fully explained by the sun’s historically low output (“the lowest in 200 years” — NASA). And the cold is winning — Global Average Temperatures continue to trend cooler.
Furthermore, there are regions of the planet that have historically warmed during times of global cooling. The Arctic, Alaska and N Atlantic/S Greenland, to name a few:
Earth’s climate is cyclic, never linear — driven mainly by the sun.
And history is repeating, our star is once again shutting down (relatively).
Prepare for the cold times.
Grand Solar Minimum + Pole Shift