“The fruit harvest has been decimated by a mild winter and a late freeze – with devastating consequences.”
See Where have all the peaches gone?Global warming isn’t just about things getting too hot. Different places can feel the pain with higher sea-levels, wild swings in temperature, storms and living things tormented by changes more rapid than they can adapt.
Take peaches (Prunus persica), for instance. They love winter. A time to rest. A time to prepare for a burst of growth in spring. The trees store energy in the roots ready to pump up the buds in springtime. A mild winter can cause the trees to be less than ready. A cold snap in spring can cause blossoms and buds to be damaged. It’s not good.
Global warming has its greatest effect in the Arctic where we normally see a solid lock on cold air hovering around all winter making ice and giving the polar bears a chance to hunt seals. Warm the Arctic just a bit and that all changes. Less ice. Less cold. Less stability in the mass of cold air up there. In spring and fall, the air that’s supposed to dwell in the Arctic can slosh down into the agricultural belt of North America, wreaking havoc far and wide. That’s why it took me three tries to keep tomatoes alive outdoors. I didn’t have frosts but I had howling winds which literally ripped the leaves off the tomatoes. Only now am I getting fruit. I should have had fruit in July. The peaches don’t have a second chance. If the winter and spring are wrong, there may be little or no fruit at all. Too bad for the bees. Too bad for the migrant workers. Too bad for the growers. Too bad for consumers and service industries which use peaches. Too bad.
Wake up Trumpists! Global warming is real and it will hurt you where you live and hit you in the stomach.
On the other hand, I’ve had the most remarkable summer. Only once did we have anything that amounted to violent weather since May and it did not damage a single plant. Rains have been gentle, aiding the starting of a new lawn from seed. Mosquitoes have been few and far between. Oh, there were quite a few ticks in June but everything including the weeds are growing wonderfully well. Everywhere the weeds have been kept in check, yields are great. I had a nice crop of lettuce. Even a watermelon is trying to take over the yard. A couple of pumpkins already have. Tomatoes, peppers, onions and lots of wonderful trees and grapes are putting on huge weight of branches and roots. I just transplanted some Swiss Stone Pine and even though the trees are still tiny, the roots were filling their six-inch pots. There is promise of good times yet but we have to act now, not after global warming eviscerates our way of life.