Peaches In USA Hammered By Global Warming

“The fruit harvest has been decimated by a mild winter and a late freeze – with devastating consequences.”
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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.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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22 Responses to Peaches In USA Hammered By Global Warming

  1. oiaohm says:

    Not dealing with CO2 is expensive.

    As the parts per million of CO2 increases so does human and animal cancer rates. So the toxicity of CO2 is currently working on us and we are not willing to admit it.

    The part that is scary here for those in USA and other areas with heavy global dimming could be stuffed. There is a plan to deal with global warming once and for all. The first trial platform is deployed. Its a floating seaweed and fish farm. There is more surface area of sea than land. At sea you don’t have a lack of water problem. If you can get seaweed under 1km of water the CO2 is captured for a few thousand years at least. That seaweed can be turned into cattle and pig…. feed stock reducing those creatures methane production. There is enough surface area of sea to take up our emissions this way this was calculated from the CSIRO model 20 years ago but it taken 20 years to get to this point.

    Please note Australia has the methods for using seaweed to make plastics and even working on building materials. Fun part is the seaweeds that are native to Australia that cuts livestock effect on global warming have these other usages.

    Lets just say Australia is creative. Australia coal mining has caused some of the global warming problem so now Australia is planning to be the solution as well and profit from both sides.

    Grece reading the CSIRO report on climate change has been import because not only did it document global warming and dimming but it documented counter plan that is being implemented now. The counter plan has a flaw it only deals with global warming anywhere suffering from major dimming will cope it as the plan is implemented. The plan was designed not to require on going government funds but be fully self funding.

  2. oiaohm says:

    There is a lot of money for many different companies if you are willing to talk against global warming and miss represent the numbers. There is also money for those to talk for global warming and miss represent the numbers. As per normal the correct answer is scary in the middle.

    Also doing proper report on what is going on requires talking about global dimming and global warming and due to the populations sort attention spans these days most of those proper talks and documents get lost in the media.

  3. oiaohm says:

    Grece no its only that the light in you brain blew out years ago.

  4. Grece says:

    The only thing “dimming” around here is Robert and you HamDong.

  5. oiaohm says:

    Grece really global warming is complex little beast. You see people cherry pick the number all the time.

    Some areas will get warmer and some areas will get colder.

    Interesting point is the USA is under a very heavy effect from global dimming due to all the air travel and the increasing air travel the USA population is doing. This is reducing USA crop yields and nasty things.

    The effects of global warming appears disappear based on how much dimming is going on.

    What is scary here is the 9/11 effect. So the global warming models are giving the max possible temperature if all events go the right way. We saw max possible start appearing after 9/11 when the jets were grounded.

    The reality is will most likely will be killed by CO2 toxicity before we are killed by global warming. But global warming skill can be major lethal so grounding jets due to terrorist threat at the right time of year could lead to deaths by heat stroke so enhanced risk from terrorism if we don’t deal with this problem. Also plans to clean up aircraft and company emissions could have some really nasty effects if we do not deal with global warming. If we don’t control global dimming forget growing crops at all and be willing to stave to death.

    So we have two things out to kill us. The dimming is not talked about enough and it critical to understand how you have numbers that suggest global warming is not happening when it is.

    So both global warming and global dimming threaten to be lethal. Dealing with 1 on it own without the other will be lethal.

  6. Grece wrote, “how many polar bears were alive ten years ago vs now”.

    That’s not relevant. They are not starving to death but they are in very poor shape in the southern parts of Hudson’s Bay. They eat very little from breakup to freezeup because seals are the mainstay of their diet.

    “It is largely frozen over from mid-December to mid-June when it usually clears from its eastern end westwards and southwards. A steady increase in regional temperatures over the last 100 years has been reflected in a lengthening of the ice-free period which was as short as four months in the late 17th century.”

    That means the bears have two months’ less eating of seals now than they did 300 years ago.

    “The ice-free season in SH increased by about 30 days from 1980 to 2012. Body condition declined in all age and sex classes, but the decline was less for cubs than for other social classes. If trends towards a longer ice-free season continue in the future, further declines in body condition and survival rates are likely, and ultimately declines in abundance will occur in the SH subpopulation.”

    Trends in body condition in polar bears (Ursus maritimus) from the Southern Hudson Bay subpopulation in relation to changes in sea ice

  7. Grece wrote, “you state polar bears are starving in Hudson Bay which is not even remotely close the the Arctic circle.”

    Yes, it is.

    Technically, it’s not inside the Arctic Circle but it’s within minutes of latitude and it feels the arctic blasts in winter so the climate is quite typical of the Arctic. Polar bears at the south end are two feet shorter than bears at the north end, simply because the season of ice is so much shorter further south.

  8. Grece says:


    Was that during the time you were in Saudi Arabia?? As there were extreme temperature records broken in that year.

  9. Grece says:

    Many bears in Hudson’s Bay are starving.

    Which is NOT in the Arctic region, is it Robert?

    You brought up alleged problems in the Arctic, with no evidence mind you, then mention something about polar bears starving. But now, you state polar bears are starving in Hudson Bay which is not even remotely close the the Arctic circle.

    So tell us, how many polar bears were alive ten years ago vs now Robert. Fire up a copy of Libreoffice and show us your data!

  10. Grece wrote, “When was the last time you saw 45C Robert?”


  11. Grece, showing ignorance, wrote, “The polar bear population status have no relationship to sea ice.”

    It’s hard for a bear to hunt seals from land. Shorter periods of ice mean fewer calories per annum. Many bears in Hudson’s Bay are starving.

  12. Grece says:

    Polar bears are going hungry Robert?

    The polar bear population status have no relationship to sea ice. But they do have a relationship to rates of hunting and poaching. Tell them stupid drunk Eskimo Nunavut’s to quit hunting polar bears Robert!

  13. Grece says:

    Lets examine this statement, “The extreme high temperatures are getting higher”.

    Considering I already mentioned, that Canada suffered it’s “extreme high temperatures from July 5 – 17, 1936 and the highest temperature ever recorded was July 5th, 1937.

    When was the last time you saw 45C Robert?

  14. Someone wrote, “Greenland – Summit Station just set the record for coldest July temperature ever reported in the Northern Hemisphere at -33C. Typical daily maximum temperatures at are around -35°C in winter (January) and -10°C in summer (July). “

    Summit is far from the Pole. That’s an example of the cold air mass of the Arctic spilling, so there will be less cold air in the Arctic next winter and the north wind will bring us mild air instead of frigid air. That cold air was replaced by warmer air from somewhere else. Last winter temperature at the North Pole was 30C above normal. See


    Whereas we rarely see temperatures more than 10-20C from normal the Arctic is seeing twice that regularly. Humanity has opened the door of the freezer and left it open. The world is warming.

  15. Grece wrote, “to state that it represents the “weather of the world” Robert is at best, fallacious.”

    All of the air in the northern hemisphere circulates through the Arctic. So, the mass of cold air up there affects us all. Because the Arctic is a bottleneck, the effects of global warming are magnified there. That’s why sealevel is rising, polar bears are going hungry longer, Arctic ice is shrinking and the weather is less stable. It’s also why I have so much trouble keeping leaves on tomato plants in spring. The trouble in the Arctic is spreading. Just look at the crazy behaviour of the jet stream. It’s not just about temperature at any time and place. It’s about the temperature of the planet. The extreme high temperatures are getting higher, just like stormy weather and already trouble for living things like coral and coastal cities. We in the interior are better off for the time being as winters warm but we are also more prone to drought, floods and whatnot.

  16. Grece says:

    Additionally Robert, shall we discuss the court case of Michael Mann of Pennsylvania State University and Tim Ball, retired from the University of Winnipeg, whereby Mann sued Ball for defamation in Vancouver, British Columbia?

    Seems Mann can not produce the evidence to back his claim, hence the contempt charge.

    It’s akin to the amount of bullshit you spew on this blog of yours, eh?

  17. Grece says:

    Lets examine, “Arctic is a bottleneck for the weather of the world”

    I would agree, as would most educated people, that the Arctic is a bottleneck, as is the Strait of Hormuz, the Panama canal or the Suez.

    However, to state that it represents the “weather of the world” Robert is at best, fallacious.

    Now, Greenland – Summit Station just set the record for coldest July temperature ever reported in the Northern Hemisphere at -33C. Typical daily maximum temperatures at are around -35°C in winter (January) and -10°C in summer (July).

    I think you are going to see a hard winter Robert.

  18. Grece wrote, “Considering that temperatures are declining on average and that “global warming” is a farce”.

    Go to the Arctic and say that comparing historical ice-fields with the present day. Arctic is a bottleneck for the weather of the world.



  19. Grece says:

    Considering that temperatures are declining on average and that “global warming” is a farce, the “true” peach failure is due to freezing temperatures.

    The S.C. Department of Agriculture reports that the state probably lost 85 to 90 percent of its peach crop. The Midland and South Carolina is the largest peach-producing state on the East Coast, second only to California. Its peach crop usually is worth about $90 million, with a $300 million impact on local economies, including 1,500 jobs.

    That would be the heaviest loss in 10 years, since a devastating late freeze in 2007.

    Robert, are you trying to say that freezing temperatures are due to “global warming”?

    Factually the hottest years were in the 1930s. Look at these reports:

    The Deadliest Heat Wave in History – July 5-17, 1936. Temperatures exceeding 44°C in Manitoba and Ontario claimed 1,180 Canadians (mostly the elderly and infants) during the longest, deadliest heat wave on record. Four hundred of these deaths were caused by people who drowned seeking refuge from the heat. In fact, the heat was so intense that steel rail lines and bridge girders twisted, sidewalks buckled, crops wilted and fruit baked on trees.

    Hottest Day on Record – July 5, 1937. The highest temperature ever recorded in Canada was reached at Midale and Yellowgrass, Saskatchewan when the mercury soared to 45°C.

    Nowadays your region sees temperature in the mid 20s for June, July and August. So to set here and try to say each year is getting warmer, is laughable.

  20. Grece wrote, “the “true” peach failure is due to lack of bee pollination”.

    Yep, the bees can’t pollinate flowers that don’t exist.

  21. Grece says:

    Considering that temperatures are declining on average and that “global warming” is a farce, the “true” peach failure is due to lack of bee pollination.

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