Global Warming Blamed for ‘Extremely Cold Temperatures’ in Vineyards

Image: Pixabay/CrepessuzetteAlthough it may seem paradoxical, a series of harsh winters that “killed” vineyards in western New York are being blamed on global warming.

Writing for WOSU, Angelica Morrison claims that grape growers in western New York state are “seeing the effects” of climate change as extreme temperatures are becoming “the new way of life.”

Although recent winters in the northeast have been quite warm, not long ago there were several bitterly cold seasons—all of which are supposedly the product of global warming.

“We’ve had a very mild winter [in 2016] so almost everything survived,” farmer Mike Jordan is quoted as saying. “But prior to that, the winter of 2014 to 2015 was extremely cold temperatures that I’ve never seen before.”

“And it killed a lot of vineyards that in the past we’ve had success with. We’ve done a lot of replanting and we try to choose varieties that can survive the winter,” he said.

Problems arising from fungal diseases such as powdery mildew as well as plant-attacking pests are generated when temperatures become more extreme, Morrison contends. “And Jordan is seeing the effects of that climate change in western New York.”

In point of fact, however, powdery mildew—as well as downy mildew and black rot—were the bane of American grape-growers throughout the 20th century, which clearly had nothing to do with anthropogenic climate change, and there is no evidence that instances of these viticultural menaces have increased in recent decades.

While downy mildew (plasmopara viticola) flourishes in humid weather, powdery mildew (uncinula necator) thrives in hot, dry conditions. Together with the vine-attacking pathogen of black rot (Guignardia bidwellii), which also prefers humid conditions, these diseases held back U.S. wine production for many decades until growers eventually developed methods to control them through the use of sulfur and a fungicide that came to be known as Bordeaux mixture.

According to Morrison, farmers have been obliged to change the types of grapes they grow, also because of climate change.

“What appeared attractive to grow years ago, now with more severe winters and more extremes, we’ve had to rethink what we’re planting,” Jordan said.

Local farmers have even brought in climate consultants, Morrison writes, to help them “cope with climate change.”

“Nationally on average, a majority of farmers believe the climate is changing,” said Allison Chatrchyan of Cornell’s Climate Smart division. “The things that we are seeing in the Northeast are definitely more intense rainfall events and that leads to runoff and flooding.”

Historically, this may not be completely true.

The greatest yearly rainfall recorded in the United States happened in 1981, while the most intense one-minute downpour occurred back in 1956, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

To witness the rainiest 15 minutes in U.S. history, one would need to go all the way back to 1871 in Galveston, Texas—long before climate change had gotten anybody’s knickers in a knot. And the rainiest 8 days in America occurred in 1902.

As for the worst cold spells in U.S. history, 1936 holds the record for the coldest month on record, with a cold wave that was so nasty it merits its own Wikipedia entry.

Of the seven worst winters in American history, only one happened after World War II, and that was in 1978. The others were in 1816, 1857, 1886, 1888, 1922, and 1940.

A look at climate history, even relatively recent history, tends to confirm what most rational people already suspected: climate changes. It changes every hour, every week, every month and every year.

Back in the day, this is what farmers referred to as weather.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    These Global Warming advocates are getting more rediculous all the time they blames everything from ISIS to Burnt Toast on Global Warming/Climate Change i mean Enviromentalisms a form of stupidity cuased by watching too many enviromental themed movies and reciting Al Bores idiotic poem

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    David Lewis

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    It is all goes back to one of the basic concepts of the climate change movement. If it is bad, then climate change caused it.

    I suspect that climate change consultants make pretty good money. That is another motivation for keeping the fraud going.

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    rakooi

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    Climate Changes caused largely by Global Warming
    were predicted centuries ago.
    By Alexander von Humboldt & Thomas Jefferson in 1799 !
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    Predictions about these Climate Changes included
    DRAMATIC
    regional Changes from deep droughts into flooding rain events, Warm seasons into Cold Snaps, and all the variations on that theme.
    .
    LAST WINTER,
    after months of NO SUN near the North Pole…temperatures, for the 2nd year in a row, reached above the FREEZING mark !
    …..where NORMAL is 25 Below to 65 Below.
    HOW did that happen with NO SUN TO WARM the North Polar Regions ? ? ?
    .
    Last Year,
    Antarctica reported a 300,000 square mile lake…
    (that is about the size of Texas, look it up)
    ….
    They even had a couple rain showers and a Niagara Like Water FALL off of the Ice Sheet.
    .
    How does that happen on a continent with an average YEAR AROUND TEMPERATURE of 50 BELOW ZERO ??
    .
    Who ever heard of a rain shower on the Desert Continent ???

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      The Rick

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      What the ?

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      JayPee

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      The inability to state an argument concisely is
      the hallmark of a liar.

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      David Lewis

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      “Predictions (year of 1799) about these Climate Changes included DRAMATIC regional Changes from deep droughts into flooding rain events, Warm seasons into Cold Snaps, and all the variations on that theme.”

      According to the IPCC, extreme weather events are not increasing. These predictions were wrong then just as they are now.

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    JayPee

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    Everybody knows that excessive heat produces
    freezing cold.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    I think it was that wacko James Hansen who claimed a harsh winter we have was becuase of Global Warming Woo Hoo what kind of crack-pot is he like James Lovelock who came with this Gaia Poppycock or E.O. Wilson who is also a crack-pot like Carl Sagan,Al Bore Leonardo DiCaprio and David Suzuki i certianly would like them to all climb about Sagan Star Ship Imagination and take right into the Romulan Nuetral Zone

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    G

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    If climate change alarmists were stock traders they would insist on being allowed to sell all their stocks on highs while discarding their losers without a penalty. If only it could work that way.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Morrison is just another crack-pot scientists just like Bill Nye,James Lovelock,E.O Wilson and David Suzuki that gets big attention from the liberal media like the New York Pravda(Times)and the talking heads as well

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