June 16, 2009, - 10:33 am

“Global Warming”?: Michigan Crops Delayed by Abnormal Cold

By Debbie Schlussel
I love shopping for fresh produce at local farmers markets. But a number of crops–particularly berries–are late, this year. And here’s why.
Hmmm . . . does this sound like “global warming” to you?:

A cooler than normal spring has delayed Michigan’s fruit crop development by a couple of weeks, but local growers say they are expecting a full, healthy crop of strawberries, blueberries, cherries and other fruit later this summer. . . .
“(The harvest is) going to be later than it normally would be,” said Bob Tritten, district fruit educator for Michigan State University Extension. “Early-growing fruit like strawberries and sweet cherries will be most affected.”

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Strawberries are being harvested now at some farms — about a week later than usual — and sweet cherries are also a few days behind the July 1 harvest date.
“This year, Mother Nature has not been as kind as she has been in the past couple years,” when the harvest has been early, he said. “It’s really more of an inconvenience.”
The full effect of the colder weather on the fruit crop won’t be known for another three to four weeks, Tritten added. . . .
While the weather has been consistently cooler this spring, severe cold snaps haven’t been as bad as last year and didn’t hit when the fruit was vulnerable, said Ken Nye, a commodities specialist for the Michigan Farm Bureau. Consistently cool weather delays fruit budding but does not permanently damage the plants. When temperatures warm up early in the spring — like they did last year — the buds are killed by spring frost. . . .
Although cold weather has delayed growth, the fact that temperatures never dropped below freezing should mean that most of the crop will survive.
The average temperatures in southeastern Michigan last week hit a high of 81 and a low of 44. That’s 4 degrees lower than normal. May was consistently between 1 and 4 degrees cooler than usual, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
The 20 acres of strawberries at Paul Blake’s three farms in Armada and Almont are running about a week behind schedule, but the crop is plentiful, he said. He expects his 10 acres of raspberries and 4 acres of cherries to be ready “right on time” for a Fourth of July harvest.
The crew scrambled to protect the berries from frost eight nights this summer, he said, but the fruit wasn’t damaged, and he expects a healthy crop. . . .
Dennis Hazen’s 14 acres of blueberries in Howell took longer to grow this summer, but it’s a healthy crop, he said. His plums and red and black raspberries are unscathed, too. Last year, Hazen’s Blueberry Farm lost all 3 acres of peaches, 2 acres of cherries and 1 1/2 acres of plums to hailstorms and spring frost.
Grocery shoppers haven’t seen much Michigan fruit on the shelves until now.

(Emphasis added.)
So, since there’s apparently “global cooling” now, I guess we should reverse the advice of the faddish sky-is-falling scientists and use as much energy as possible. Right?
Either way, it’s pretty clear that the global warming stuff is bunk. At least here in Michigan, we’ve had two abnormally cold spring seasons in a row.
I see a trend (the same way the global warming nuts see a trend in the other direction based on tiny erratic changes).

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17 Responses

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Miss Schlussel:
Contemporary weather patterns seem to be increasingly weird everywhere.
But, global warming, if it exists, could bring on unusually cold weather.
After all, don’t you remember the movie, “THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW”, starring Dennis Quaid?
If, as was postulated by that Hollywood film, melting polar ice causes the Gulf Stream to shift, that’ll certainly affect the local climate.
Also, isn’t there a prophecy in the Bible about the weather becoming so confusing that we wouldn’t know whether it was Winter or Summer?
I’ll have to open my scriptures and have another look.
We can also be severely affected by activity on the Sun, or by a slight shift in the Earth’s axis.
Thank you.
John Robert Mallernee
Armed Forces Retirement Home
Washington, D.C. 20011-8400
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writesong on June 16, 2009 at 11:13 am

It Climate CHANGE that is happening. And it does exist. All the pollution caused by cars and human activity is CHANGING the climate. And as stated above this pollution is throwing the Earth’s climate into unnatural cycles of heat and COLD. Stories like these should be taken very seriously. The level of human consumption, waste and pollution is unsustainable and obviously affecting our planet in a very bad way. It is obvious that unless policies are put into place to limit consumption and pollution we will see much more severe weather crisis and deeper cycles of heat and cold and drought and hurricanes.

PrincessKaren on June 16, 2009 at 12:07 pm

[If, as was postulated by that Hollywood film, melting polar ice causes the Gulf Stream to shift, that’ll certainly affect the local climate.Posted by: writesong]
That’s exactly what’s happening. Global Warming is warming the polar caps and thus is having a cooling effect on the rest of the planet.
[Either way, it’s pretty clear that the global warming stuff is bunk.-DS]
When it comes to Global Warming, conservatives don’t know what they’re talking about.

Norman Blitzer on June 16, 2009 at 12:09 pm

*shakes head*
Damn. The conservative goddess puts the proof right in your face, AND YOU STILL FALL FOR THE BS!! You people treat it like a religon, which makes you nothing more than closed minded environmental poser f****!!
When it comes to global warming, you ether agree with it or else you are labeled a conservative.

Squirrel3D on June 16, 2009 at 12:19 pm

“When it comes to Global Warming, conservatives don’t know what they’re talking about.
Posted by: Norman Blitzer

Want to cough up your PhD in a hard science, Norman? I’ll show you mine if you show me yours. My field is physics, and I’ll tell you that very few climatologists could tell you much of anything of substance about the laws of thermodynamics. Most engineers have a more thorough understanding of heat exchange, fluid dynamics and the other compnents of climate than the eco-nuts and climo-paranoids do. If all the information you have is the Dennis Quaid movie from hollywierd, and Al Gore, then you GW enthusiasts are really patheticly unarmed in the science involved. The fact is that the simulations used to predict weather in a relatively narrow zone are both woefully underpowered in computational power, btu lacking in comprehensive data. Climate changes cannot be predicated on observations of a decade, or even a century. Everything you see has been done before so to speak. If you want an idea of how climate changes withotu the intervention of man in our recent past, check out the facts abtou the “Little Ice Age” circa 13th thru mid 19th century. The earth colled approximately 6 degrees abruptly, caused a “mini Ice age” that had horid weather, crop failure, plague, abandoned civilizations and more- all withotu the intervention of man’s technology or even a population that was significant to the panet’s surface.
Again, I’ll say damned few climatologists, GW freaks or Al Gore wanna be’s have a clue about the real physics involved in movement of heat, which is at the core of climatology.

Mistress_Dee on June 16, 2009 at 1:10 pm

Since Michigan has cooler than normal temperatures, then we can’t possibly have GLOBAL warming.

There is NO Santa Claus on June 16, 2009 at 1:59 pm

Yes if we keep going green we might actually be sending us into more of a white and clear stage which would actually be moving us into another ice age. Love them liberals oh and who has a more environmental friendly house Al or W? It would W Al is using more energy then probably 10 normal households to warm his Tenn. mansion! You would think if you are going make a movie about global warming you would at least have your own shit in order, got to love them liberals!

ohboyohboy on June 16, 2009 at 2:32 pm

Have you ever noticed that individuals and factions generally partial to greater state control of economic life, have found the evidence for global warming to be quite compelling?
http://thereisnosantaclaus.blogspot.com/

There is NO Santa Claus on June 16, 2009 at 3:08 pm

[My field is physics…Posted by: Mistress_Dee]
But not meteorology so STFU!
Fact: Even according to Gov. Palin, global warming is affecting the arctic (and ergo the antarctic). So how is this affecting the rest of the planet? I believe by a temporary cooling effect which will eventually turn into a warming effect after the poles are gone!
The real question is, is global warming man-made or natural, a cyclical event? Are we going to wait 20 years to find out if it’s a natural occurrence and if we’re wrong suffer the consequences or do something now?

Norman Blitzer on June 16, 2009 at 3:49 pm

Screw it you enviros win. May the strong survive. I think us conservatives will outlast you kooks. History has always proved it. So let’s get it on.

californiascreaming on June 16, 2009 at 4:57 pm

“But not meteorology so STFU”
Glad to see your degree in “meterology” is paying off so handsomely in your erudition as well…
Also amazing how a Palin hater will use her as the boogeyman to try to unabashedly and baselessly try to argue with a conservative when they are ..well.. standing on a melting ice floe.. lol
Fact is that meteorology is an observational science. it isnt’ something that you can do empirical experimentation to get repetitive results. The dynamics are too intricate to and too affected by cascading ripples of cause and effect- like, well.. chaos theory. You know.. if a cow farts in Calcutta does Al Gore get snow in tennesee?
Nice dodge. I have the PhD in physics. Your reply doesn’t validate your scientific expertise, but only tries to ineffectually invalidate mine.
So, Einstein.. want to engage in a rousing discussion of Gibbs free energy realtive to enthalpy (yes that is spelled right, it is different from entropy) or perhaps Maxwell’s demon is more to your liking on the subject? 😀

Mistress_Dee on June 16, 2009 at 5:46 pm

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Greetings:
Reading all this stuff is so much fun, regardless of which subject is being discussed or argued about.
Wouldn’t it be neat if we could all meet in real life and have a nice big party?
Until then, we’ll just have to use our imaginations, won’t we?
Thank you.
John Robert Mallernee
Armed Forces Retirement Home
Washington, D.C. 20011-8400
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writesong on June 16, 2009 at 6:33 pm

By he way, NB- you said ” So how is this affecting the rest of the planet? I believe by a temporary cooling effect which will eventually turn into a warming effect after the poles are gone!”
Care to share the data and analysis to support that assertion? I’d ask you why, if greenhouse gases are to blame as the GW fanatics claim, why would there be a cooling effect that is temporary? Heat flow patterns are based on the laws of thermodynamics,which most climatologists get a rash from if you mention it. Reality is that heat cannot flow from a body with less heat mass to one with a greater heat mass, and every system of thermal exchange results in entropic energy loss, so please explain the reasoning you use here. I’m real sure Sarah Palin didn’t say that.
Oh.. and by the way.. NASA, a big proponent of the GW hysteria, has finally come to the outstandingly deep analytical conclusion that the sun heats the earth and not always in the same way all the time… http://mdworldoftomorrow.com/madscientist/?p=287

Mistress_Dee on June 16, 2009 at 7:19 pm

>>”Wouldn’t it be neat if we could all meet in real life and have a nice big party?”
I’ll bring the weapons of mass destruction. 😀
ROFL

Mistress_Dee on June 16, 2009 at 7:28 pm

today las vegas at 6:00 pm 81 degrees
last year at 6:00 pm it was 104 degrees
2007 it was 102
2006 it was 95
1949 it was 98.1
nice weather we are having, specially if you work outside all day like I do.
http://www.wunderground.com/history/airport/KLAS/1949/6/16/DailyHistory.html?req_city=NA&req_state=NA&req_statename=NA

ender on June 16, 2009 at 9:18 pm

Ready for this one? I have a friend who says the world is round. Round! I can see with my own eyes that it’s flat!
He’s a nut!

Middleman on June 16, 2009 at 10:10 pm

OK for you greenies/geniuses like Blitzer, I have a question for you:
I live in Michigan, the Great Lake state (though our new nickname is the idiocracy, as Debbie points out).
What formed the Great Lakes?
Ans: the actions and melting of the glaciers from past ice ages! Thank G-d for global warming.
Why do the call Greenland by this name, since it is a frozen wasteland?
Ans: because when they discovered it, it was green!
The earth’s climate has always been in constant change and always will be, despite anything that man does, and it always will.
Ask yourself, where did all the “fossil fuels” beneath the earth come from? (think now you greenies, do you realize at one time much of the earth’s land was covered for millennia with rain forest?).

BB on June 18, 2009 at 5:08 pm

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