Argentina – Serious frosts lead to declaration of agricultural emergency and disaster

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“An unheard of phenomenon for this time of year.”


Around citrus 2,000 growers have been affected by the frosts, which will impact 12,000 workers, said Entre Ríos governor Sergio Urribarri.

“We are committed to managing this both at the provincial level and before the national authorities with the measures necessary to partner with the sector, which is suffering from the consequences of an unheard of phenomenon for this time of year,” Urribarri was quoted as saying.

Frosts of -5°C (23°F) hit the departments of Feliciano, Federal, Federación, Concordia and Colón on Jun. 7, 8 and 9, registering a duration of 12 cold hours.

The story reported the frosts affected 50,000 hectares of citrus fruit including oranges and mandarins, as well as lemons and grapefruit to a lesser extent.

Entre Ríos Citrus Federation president Elvio Calgaro said the damage done by the frosts was “enormous,” and that on the affected land around 80% of crops were impacted by the weather event.

So much for global warming.

http://atcitrus.com/english/noticia.asp?seccion=principales&id=1138

See also:
Where’s my Global Warming Dude? By Global Freeze
http://globalfreeze.wordpress.com/2012/06/30/argentina-serious-frosts-have-led-to-a-declaration-of-agricultural-emergency-and-disaster/

Thanks to Marc Morano and Robert van deLeur for these links

10 thoughts on “Argentina – Serious frosts lead to declaration of agricultural emergency and disaster”

  1. “This time of year”? HUH? Its midwinter this time of year in the southern hemisphere. What time of year would you expect a frost if not now?

    1. But not that far north. It is not normal weather because if it would be normal then certainly there would be no citrus trees over there.

      1. Actually, it is midwinter here and Australia’s prime citrus areas are subject to frost weather events being inland and about 35 degrees south.

        Mount Isa is a city in the inland tropics of Australia and can get very cold in winter. Alice Springs in central Australia is renowned for summer heat but gets cold enough to have frosts in winter and it is just outside of the tropics at 23 degrees 47 minutes – if it weren’t so dry it could snow there.

        This story simply shows an exceptional event has occurred.

        1. Weather events such as this one clearly demonstrate how important water is. Even in the tropics temperatures can drop rapidly at night in inland areas. Locations close to the ocean rarely suffer such dramatic swings in temperature.

          Funny that CO2 seems to be the same mostly everywhere though.

          Perhaps the AGW “crew” have a metabolic disorder and can’t remove CO2 from their bodies quickly enough causing confusion ?

          PS – we could all do without insults about other people’s thoughts so how about we cut out remarks like “lol” ?

          We are supposed to cherish freedom after all !

        2. Except the moisture would make it much too warm which means it would only freeze when it’s clear and get cold FAST.

  2. If they are growing citrus fruits there it is probably enough to the north that is like Florida and they don’t usually have this severe of frost – if it was in December, though, it would be much more remarkable. It still wouldn’t count for the AGW people – only hot weather counts! Cold is just local weather.

  3. @ Mr. Knows
    I wonder too, but maybe it is unheard of for the beginning of winter. Perhaps the coldest is July (like January is coldest in N Hem)?

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