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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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Wicked weather this way comes by Richard Watts
Thursday, October 14th 2010, 12:17 PM GMT
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Cold, snowy winter forecast good news for ski resort, not so much for the rest of us. El Nino's 'evil twin' may bring lots of snow

Vancouver Island and coastal B.C. are experiencing the start of La Nina, the Pacific weather system that acts like the balmy El Nino's evil twin, statistically bringing cold temperatures and high precipitation.

La Nina arrives when ocean temperatures along the equator drop because of upwellings and currents. said Dave Rodenhuis, associate climatologist at the University of Victoria's Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium. It's all part of a semi-cyclic system climate scientists call the El Nino Southern Oscillation.

El Nino, meaning the boy, typically brings mild, warm conditions and because it arrives mid-winter, became associated with Christmas and was named for the Christ Child. As its opposite, the colder part of the pattern was dubbed La Nina, the girl

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Snow to hit Britain
Wednesday, October 13th 2010, 5:22 PM GMT
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Winter will come early to Britain next week as snow is forecast for the north while the south will shiver in frosty sub-zero nights.

The cold snap will seem worse after temperatures soared to 75F (23C) last weekend.

Forecasters warned snow is due in Scotland and possibly northern England next week, with frost as far south as southern England, which will see bitter 48F (9C) daytime maximum temperatures.

“A northerly air stream in the middle part of next week means coldest conditions will probably be in Scotland, with sleet or snow showers and snow settling on higher ground,” said forecaster Brian Gaze of independent forecasters The Weather Outlook.

“Even southern England will feel distinctly chilly."

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Snow in the East... Already? by Gina Cherundolo, Staff Writer
Wednesday, October 6th 2010, 10:03 AM GMT
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Image AttachmentSome of the first snow of the season fell Monday, as the high mountains of the Appalachians were coated with several inches of snow.

Allyson Virden, resident manager of the Mt. LeConte, Tenn., lodge, reported 3 inches of snow Monday morning. She said it was the biggest first snow since 1979.

Another half inch of snow fell into Tuesday as the low overnight was 23 degrees.

Mt. LeConte was not the only location with snow. Mt. Mitchell reported a trace of snow Tuesday morning. According to the NWS, the earliest measurable snowfall was on this date back in 1980.

Snowshoe Mountain, W.Va., also reported light snow.

The same storm system that brought clouds, rain and cool weather to the Northeast ushered a cold front farther south into the Appalachians, dropping temperatures throughout the mid-Atlantic.

Cities including Richmond, Charlotte and Nashville have all reported highs significantly below normal over the past several days. High temperatures were running 10 to 15 degrees below the normal high for this time of the year.
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Mt. Baker bracing for big snow ... for now by Ben Fletcher
Friday, October 1st 2010, 4:34 PM GMT
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Early season forecasts are looking favorable for the Mt. Baker Ski Area. The ski resort is reporting that early weather patterns suggest the mountain could be in store for a La Niña winter. That's good news.

Just to give you an idea, the ski hill points out it set a world record in 1998-1999 for the most snowfall - 1,140 inches - during a La Niña winter. Here's a little more from the horse's mouth:

"The La Niña pattern generally means below average temperatures coupled with average or above average precipitation ... for Baker this generally equates to more snow than average. In addition, La Niña can affect the position of the jet stream and point it straight at Baker, a situation that can cause the storms stacked up in the Pacific to bring their moisture-laden goodness directly to us as system after system is propelled our direction by this 'storm superhighway." Ok, here's the point:

"In the past 15 winters we have had 4 La Niña seasons and have on average received 778 inches of snow during those seasons. This is a little over 100 inches more than our average annual snowfall."

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Will the hemisphere see another top ten snow season? by Joseph D'Aleo
Tuesday, September 28th 2010, 7:38 PM GMT
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Will the hemisphere see another top ten snow season?

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Heavy snow across the world by PlanetSKI
Tuesday, September 28th 2010, 7:26 PM GMT
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New Zealand, Canada and The Alps have seen some decent snowfalls this week. It has been a pretty amazing time for some resorts around the world. See the latest conditions in the PlanetSKI weekly overview.

New Zealand has been hit by extreme weather and though it has led to big problems for many people the ski resorts have had more snow. bHowever many have had to remain closed due to high winds. One of our readers/reporters in New Zealand, Amanda Pirie, sent us this short message which sort of sums it up; “It is extreme weather here, no photos to send because it is all just fog!”

The weather has badly affected farmers and tens of thousands of people have been without electricity as power lines have been brought down. “The spring storm of 2010 is frankly the worst in a generation. The last big dump of snow we had was 14 years ago in the winter of 1996, while the last time we had anything this severe was 38 years ago,” said one farmer in New Zealand. Animals have died, the transport system has been hit and many people are suffering.Source
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Brace for a cold, snowy winter, weather forecaster warns by Graeme Wood
Thursday, September 23rd 2010, 9:38 AM GMT
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First, Metro Vancouverites endured a soggy September with what may turn out to be record rainfall. Now, says the Old Farmers' Almanac, it's time to brace for a cold winter and a lot of snow.

The almanac and meteorologists agree that after a cool, wet first day of fall today and in the coming weeks, southern B.C. will get below-average temperatures and above-average snowfall in late fall and winter. The snow tires, shovels, snowboards, and skis that barely made it out of the closet last winter should be put to good use in the coming season, meteorologist Mark Madryga said.

"The bet is that we will have more snow in the city this year," Madryga said. Vancouver will also see several periods of Arctic outflow winds this winter, he said. That means that instead of mild Pacific air moving through the region from west to east, frigid Arctic air will flow from east to west, from the B.C. Interior down the big river valleys to coastal communities.

The almanac says the coldest weather is expected from mid-to late December to mid-February. The temperature across the region in December is expected to be two degrees Celsius below average. The most snow is expected to fall in late December and late February. The chilly forecast is due to the La Nina weather pattern.

"La Nina is with us," Madryga said. "That is opposite to the El Nino we had last winter, with essentially no snow for the Olympics . . . .

"The consensus is that it will be a bit colder than average this fall and winter."

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Skiers, rejoice by Katherine Wutz
Wednesday, September 22nd 2010, 10:59 AM GMT
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La Niña could mean above-average snowfall this season.

Though La Niña pushed Wood River Valley residents to the verge of Vitamin D deficiency during a cold, wet spring, this same weather system could be a boon to skiers this upcoming winter.

"There's a better-than-average chance that snowfall will be greater than last year," said Chris Hattings, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service station in Pocatello.

La Niña—Spanish for "the girl"—is a weather system that brings varied but fairly predictable effects across the county. It is associated with cooler Pacific Ocean temperatures and stronger easterly trade winds.

Hattings said the system began in June or July of this year. The above-average precipitation will likely continue as La Niña strengthens and develops, he said.

"We do expect La Niña to last though the winter," Hattings said.

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Last October Through March Was The Snowiest On Record In The Northern Hemisphere by Steven Goddard
Monday, September 20th 2010, 5:28 AM GMT
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According to some top experts, the turn of the last century marked the end of snow.

(March, 2000) According to Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia,within a few years winter snowfall will become “a very rare and exciting event”. “Children just aren’t going to know what snow is,” he said.

David Parker, at the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research in Berkshire, says ultimately, British children could have only virtual experience of snow. Via the internet, they might wonder at polar scenes – or eventually “feel” virtual cold.

But according to Rutgers University, this past October-March was the snowiest in their database going back to 1957, and the past decade had the snowiest winters (December-February) on record

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