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NZ - Big hit to lamb production
Monday, October 18th 2010, 6:52 AM GMT
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The devastating cold weather that hit New Zealand (NZ) in the last few weeks killed newborn lambs in their hundreds of thousands. This is likely to have a significant effect on NZ lamb production going into 2011 and beyond (Rural News NZ).

NZ lamb production is highly geared towards export markets, with 93% of lamb production exported in 2009 (Beef + Lamb NZ). The EU is the largest market for NZ lamb, in both volume (50% of export volume) and value (60% of export value), as NZ has access to a large tariff-free quota. Beef + Lamb NZ expect this quota to be filled this year, as last season’s lambs will make up the volume; however, questions remain over NZ’s ability to meet their 2011 quota.

With the EU providing relatively higher returns to NZ producers compared to other markets, lamb exports are likely to be directed away from lower value markets such as the Middle East and South East Asia, potentially benefiting Australian exporters.
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D.C. record snow in 2010 not due to global warming
Friday, July 30th 2010, 6:59 PM GMT
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Top panel: Global surface temperature trends over the last 50 or so years, courtesy NOAA. Bottom panel: Snow at the Capitol this past winter. By CWG photographer Ian Livingston.
Memories of the record-breaking cold and snowstorms of last winter, including Snowpocalypse, Snowmaggedon and Snoverkill, have probably faded, as eventually will be true of memories of the record-breaking heat this summer. Unless, that is, the extreme winter and summer weather prove to be just a preview of conditions that become the new normal as a consequence of global climate change. Should that prove the case, it might be hard to forget "the good ole days" when the extremes of winter/summer of 2009/2010 were the exception, not the rule.

How likely is that we're entering an age where extremes in weather become the new normal? Personally, I believe the weight of evidence viewed objectively points in that general direction, although there is much uncertainty about details of how, when, where and in what phenomena and parameters extremes will appear and have consequence in human affairs.

In regard to the snowstorms that affected the D.C. metro region and other mid-Atlantic and northeast coastal regions, a new study by a team of scientists at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory argues that global warming was not involved. Rather, the study finds the anomalous winter was primarily the result of convergence of an exceptionally strong El Nino and unusually strong negative phase of North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO).

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NSW experiences coldest winter in 12 years
Tuesday, August 31st 2010, 4:11 AM GMT
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NSW shivered through its coldest winter in 12 years, while daytime temperatures in August hit their lowest since 1990.

NSW experienced average daytime temperatures of 15.9C, making it the coldest winter since 1998 and the 16th nippiest winter on record.

Climatologist at the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), Shannon Symons says widespread rainfall also resulted in the wettest winter since 2005.

"Northern inland regions received above, to very much above average rainfall and that was mainly in July and August, and that's pretty much the case (across) NSW as well," Ms Symons told AAP today.

Inland rainfall was attributed to a La Nina event, which creates cooler than average sea surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean.

"When we have La Nina events we, not always, but usually see enhanced rainfall across eastern Australia," Ms Symons said.
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New record low temperatures set across parts of the state; other locations near record lows by Johnny Kelly
Monday, September 6th 2010, 7:36 PM GMT
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New record low temperatures were set Sunday morning in several locations as an unseasonably cool and much drier air mass settled across the state behind a cold frontal passage.

The cities of Meridian, Greenwood, Greenville and Vicksburg all set new record lows with Crystal Springs tying its record low after temperatures dropped well down into the 50s with mid and upper 40s in some locations.

New Record Lows:

-Greenwood: 50 F
-Greenville: 50 F
-Vicksburg: 49 F
-Meridian: 52 F
-Crystal Springs: 55 F (tied)
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Snowfall warning issued as La Niña moves in by Andy Ivens
Thursday, November 25th 2010, 2:34 PM GMT
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For those who have always wanted to learn to ski, this is your year.

The winter of 2010-11 promises to be colder and snowier than average in B.C., as the frosty weather pattern known as La Niña moves in for a long stay, meteorologist Chris Scott told The Province on Wednesday.

Environment Canada issued a snowfall warning Wednesday night for Metro Vancouver, calling for five to 15 centimetres of the white stuff to fall by this afternoon.

“We’re expecting a much more active winter across most of southern, coastal and Interior B.C. than what we saw last winter,” said Scott, forecast operations manager at the Weather Network.

The key to the chilly forecast worldwide is the water temperature in the Pacific near the equator.

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Now the Army moves in to clear away snow in coldest December for 100 years as fuel runs out at petrol stations in Scotland and East Anglia
Thursday, December 9th 2010, 8:58 PM GMT
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Whistler Mountain opens Friday by John Colebourn
Monday, November 15th 2010, 10:52 AM GMT
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B.C.'s ski and snowboard industry has high hopes for the upcoming season.

With reports that the La Nina weather cycle will bring heavy snow throughout the winter, ski and snowboarding areas are busy getting lifts and hills ready.

At Whistler Blackcomb, plans are for the resort to open Whistler Mountain Friday, with Blackcomb following on Thursday, Nov. 25.

With some natural snow, and the temperature cold enough to blow snow, management is confident it can open about a week earlier than in past years.

"New snow and low freezing levels, along with the hard work of our mountain operations, grooming and snow-making teams, mean we can open Whistler Mountain on Friday," said Doug MacFarlane, mountain manager at Whistler Blackcomb.

"Though early-season conditions will apply, having those first few turns of the season is a great feeling and we're happy to make that happen for our guests six days earlier than planned."

Starting Monday, the resort's Snow Report will be updated daily, online or by calling 604-932-4211 in Whistler, 604-687-7507 in Vancouver or toll-free at 1-800-766-0449. Up-to-date conditions, forecasts and special deals can be found at

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A detailed look at this winter's biggest players Exploring La Nina & its interplay with the NAO by Jes Junker
Sunday, November 14th 2010, 10:59 AM GMT
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Last week, I wrote about how El Nino and the negative phase North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) optimally came together to produce last winter's historic snows.

The pattern has flipped this year to a moderate-to-strong La Nina, characterized by colder than normal sea surface temperatures across the east and central Pacific (caused by stronger than normal easterly trade winds). These conditions are expected to continue through the winter - almost certainly leading to less snow than last winter in the mid-Atlantic. But how much less? It significantly depends on the phase of the NAO, a major factor in our snow potential, and a big wild card.

In our winter outlook, we walked through some of this but if you want to understand the full range of possibilities for the upcoming winter you can dig deeper. Let's take a really close look at how this moderate-to-strong La Nina may influence the evolution of this winter's weather while factoring in the curve balls the NAO might throw...

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ITN News: Temperatures plummet again
Monday, December 6th 2010, 6:00 PM GMT
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Frozen Britain grinds to a halt as 57% of commuters arrive late for work... and police advise them to head home early
Wednesday, December 1st 2010, 3:31 PM GMT
Co2sceptic (Site Admin)
#Motorists told not to drive in Kent, Sussex, Nottinghamshire, S.Yorks
#Eight inches of snow forecast tonight for London and South East
#Gatwick and Edinburgh airports closed until 6am tomorrow
#Shops running out of basics as lorries struggle to deliver
#Passengers stranded overnight on freezing trains in South East
#Woman dies after falling into freezing lake in West Yorkshire

More than half of Britain arrived late for work today after heavy snow and ice caused widespread travel chaos.

But those who did manage to make it in on time were today being urged by police to leave early to avoid a repeat of last night's nightmare journey home.

It comes as up to eight inches of snow was forecast for parts of London and the South East tonight - with anyone who doesn't have to travel being warned to stay at home.

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