[NAFEX] The weather!!!

Hans Brinkmann hans-brinkmann at t-online.de
Sat Jan 20 08:31:00 EST 2007

Hallo Donna,
thank for your very interesting mail!

China and the USA are the biggest CO 2 producer in the world.
Both countries did not sign the Kyoto-protocol.
Both do not want to reduce CO 2.
Germany is the  biggest CO 2  producer in the  EU!
But it is one of the smallest counties in the world.
Now we have had also "OUR " own hurricane Kyrill with the highest damage 
ever since...
Welcome to the "Club" Old Germany...


Donna &/or Kieran schrieb:
> While it is unseasonably warm in the eastern US and western Europe, that it 
> has been unseasonably cold in India and western US.  Back after the drought 
> in England in 1976 I read that the jet stream, seen from above the North 
> Pole, tends to take the shape of a 4 pointed star.  It's shape is partly 
> controlled by the land masses below it, which tend to make it fairly stable. 
> That year it switched to a 5 pointed star.  You can imagine that places 
> where cool air tends to go south, and where warm air tends to go north, were 
> now all changed.  Weather patterns we are used to, dry air from deserts, 
> warm moist air from large bodies of water, now went somewhere else.
>     I can't seem to find any serious discussion of this sort of thing on the 
> Net anywhere.  The population of Earth is almost entirely dependent on 
> agriculture, and agriculture is dependent on knowing what the weather is 
> going to be like.  The Irish grow potatoes Africans grow millet because cool 
> wet weather favors one and hot dry weather favors the other.  Yet one year 
> not long ago the two climates seem to have switched without giving prior 
> notice to the farmers.
>     Annual crops are one thing, but we NAFEXers are betting even more 
> heavily on the continuity of weather patterns when we plant trees.  As much 
> as we in the southeast gnash our teeth over the unpredictability of our 
> weather, at least we try to plant some things that are not affected much by 
> late freezes.  By contrast,California and  the Pacific Northwest have been 
> able to grow tree crops that depend on mild winters and nice safe springs.
>     I don't know about the rest of you, but we don't set too much store by 
> peaches and plums here in Tennessee.   Sometimes they crop, often they 
> don't.  In 2006 we went down to 23 degrees while the pears were in bloom, 
> and much to my surprise, there was almost no persimmon crop either.  I 
> thought persimmons were pretty much immune to late frosts because they bud 
> out and bloom so very late, practically summer.  Yet the only persimmons I 
> saw all year (not that there are many trees in our area, for some reason I 
> can't fathom) were on a tree that grows low under a cedar protected from the 
> wind.  It appears to me that the freeze got the persimmons too then. 
> Chestnuts seem to be one of the few trees not affected at all last year. 
> There WERE peaches from the Silver point orchard and apples from the 
> Sequatchie Valley as usual, on sites that I am sure were carefully selected 
> for orchards.     Donna 
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