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"We warned at the start of ZetaTalk, in 1995, that unpredictable weather extremes, switching about from drought to deluge, would occur and increase on a lineal basis up until the pole shift. Where this occurred steadily, it has only recently become undeniable. ZetaTalk, and only ZetaTalk, warned of these weather changes, at that early date. Our early warnings spoke to the issue of global heating from the core outward, hardly Global Warming, a surface or atmospheric issue, but caused by consternation in the core. Affected by the approach of Planet X, which was by then starting to zoom rapidly toward the inner solar system for its periodic passage, the core was churning, melting the permafrost and glaciers and riling up volcanoes. When the passage did not occur as expected in 2003 because Planet X had stalled in the inner solar system, we explained the increasing weather irregularities in the context of the global wobble that had ensued - weather wobbles where the Earth is suddenly forced under air masses, churning them. This evolved by 2005 into a looping jet stream, loops breaking away and turning like a tornado to affect the air masses underneath. Meanwhile, on Planet Earth, droughts had become more intractable and deluges positively frightening, temperature swings bringing snow in summer in the tropics and searing heat in Artic regions, with the violence of storms increasing in number and ferocity."



From the ZetaTalk Chat Q&A for February 4, 2012:


The wobble seems to have changed, as the temperature in Europe suddenly plunged after being like an early Spring, Alaska has its coldest temps ever while the US and much of Canada is having an extremely mild winter. India went from fatal cold spell to balmy again. Has the Earth changed position vs a vs Planet X to cause this? [and from another] Bitter cold records broken in Alaska - all time coldest record nearly broken, but Murphy's Law intervenes [Jan 30] Jim River, AK closed in on the all time record coldest temperature of -80°F set in 1971, which is not only the Alaska all-time record, but the record for the entire United States. Unfortunately, it seems the battery died in the weather station just at the critical moment. While the continental USA has a mild winter and has set a number of high temperature records in the last week and pundits ponder whether they will be blaming the dreaded "global warming" for those temperatures, Alaska and Canada have been suffering through some of the coldest temperatures on record during the last week.

There has been no change in the wobble pattern, the wobble has merely become more severe. Nancy noted a Figure 8 format when the Earth wobble first became noticeable, in early 2005, after Planet X moved into the inner solar system at the end of 2003. The Figure 8 shifted along to the east a bit on the globe between 2005 and 2009, (the last time Nancy took its measure) as Planet X came closer to the Earth, encountering the magnetic N Pole with a violent push earlier in the day. But the pattern of the Figure 8 remained essentially the same. So what changed recently that the weather patterns became noticeably different in late January, 2012?

The N Pole is pushed away when it comes over the horizon, when the noon Sun is centered over the Pacific. This regularly puts Alaska under colder air, with less sunlight, and thus the historically low temps there this January, 2012 as the wobble has gotten stronger. But by the time the Sun is positioned over India, the N Pole has swung during the Figure 8 so the globe tilts, and this tilt is visible in the weather maps from Asia. The tilt has forced the globe under the hot air closer to the Equator, warming the land along a discernable tilt demarcation line.

The next loop of the Figure 8 swings the globe so that the N Pole moves in the other direction, putting the globe again at a tilt but this time in the other direction. This tilt is discernable in weather maps of Europe, again along a diagonal line. Depending upon air pressure and temperature differences, the weather on either side of this diagonal line may be suddenly warm or suddenly cold. The tilt and diagonal line lingers to affect much of the US and Canada, but the Figure 8 changes at this point to be an up and down motion, pulling the geographic N Pole south so the US is experiencing a warmer than expected winter under a stronger Sun. Then the cycle repeats, with the magnetic N Pole of Earth pushed violently away again as the Sun is positioned over the Pacific.


From the ZetaTalk Chat Q&A for April 6, 2013:


Would the Zetas be able to let us know what is causing the early break-up of the Arctic Ice, the ice seems to have taken on a swirling pattern at the same time, would this be wobble related? [and from another] The ice in Canada’s western Arctic ripped open in a massive “fracturing event” this spring that spread like a wave across 1,000 kilometres of the Beaufort Sea. Huge leads of water – some more than 500 kilometres long and as much as 70 kilometres across – opened up from Alaska to Canada’s Arctic islands as the massive ice sheet cracked as it was pushed around by strong winds and currents. It took just seven days for the fractures to progress across the entire area from west to east. [and from another] A high-pressure weather system was parked over the region, producing warmer temperatures and winds that flowed in a southwesterly direction. That fueled the Beaufort Gyre, a wind-driven ocean current that flows clockwise. The gyre was the key force pulling pieces of ice west past Point Barrow, the northern nub of Alaska that protrudes into the Beaufort Sea.

The Figure 8 formed by the N Pole during the daily Earth wobble has shifted somewhat to the East, due to Planet X positioned more to the right of the Earth during its approach. This was anticipated, and well described in ZetaTalk, the Earth crowding to the left in the cup to escape the approach of Planet X, so the angle between these two planets would change slightly. This shift of the Figure 8 to the East is due to the push against the Earth’s magnetic N Pole occurring sooner each day than prior. Thus instead of occurring when the Sun is high over the Pacific, over New Zealand, it is now occurring when the Sun is high over Alaska. All the wobble points have shifted eastward accordingly.

This has brought a lingering Winter to the western US, and a changed sloshing pattern to the Arctic waters. Instead of Pacific waters being pushed through the Bering Straits into the Arctic when the polar push occurs, the wobble is swinging the Arctic to the right, and then later to the left, creating a circular motion in the waters trapped in the Arctic. Since the Earth rotates counterclockwise, the motion also takes this path. This is yet another piece of evidence that the establishment is hard pressed to explain. They are attempting to ascribe this to high pressure and wind, all of which are not new to the Arctic, but this circular early breakup of ice in the Arctic is new.

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Comment by SongStar101 on January 28, 2019 at 2:18pm

Coldest Arctic Outbreak in at Least Two Decades is Expected This Week in Parts of the Midwest

At a Glance

  • Dangerously cold conditions are forecast in the Midwest this week.
  • Parts of the Midwest will see their coldest weather in at least two decades.
  • Wind chills values will fall into the 30s, 40s and 50s below zero.
  • The Northeast will also see bitter cold temperatures late this week.

Extreme arctic cold will plunge into the Midwest this week, creating dangerously cold wind chills and likely dropping temperatures in some cities to their lowest levels in more than two decades.

The central and eastern United States have been in the grips of a much colder weather pattern in the second half of January, and conditions this week will be the worst yet.

By Wednesday and Thursday, morning lows may reach the minus 20s in the Twin Cities, with minus teens and minus 20s in Des Moines, Iowa, Chicago and Milwaukee.

Subzero-cold lows may extend through much of the Ohio Valley and into the interior Northeast by late-week. Thursday will be the coldest day along the Northeast Interstate 95 corridor with lows in the single digits from Washington D.C. to Boston.

Here are the last dates the following cities were as cold:

  • Chicago last plunged to minus 20 degrees on Jan. 18, 1994.
  • Des Moines, Iowa, last observed temperatures as low as minus 20 degrees on Feb. 4, 1996.
  • Milwaukee last reached minus 15 degrees on Jan. 5, 1999. The last time it was in the 20s below zero was early-February 1996.
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul last plunged to minus 25 degrees on Dec. 26, 1996.
  • Detroit last was minus 15 degrees on Jan. 16, 2009.

As you can see, the outbreak this week may be the coldest in more than 20 years in parts of the Midwest and will threaten a number of daily record lows in some areas.

A few of the potential daily record lows this week include (record-to-beat is shown):

Wednesday: Chicago (minus 15 degrees); Cleveland (minus 4 degrees); Des Moines, Iowa (minus 17 degrees); Detroit (minus 4 degrees)

Thursday: Chicago (minus 12 degrees); Cleveland (minus 4 degrees); Detroit (minus 7 degrees); Pittsburgh (minus 3 degrees)

There could also be a few cities that come close to all-time record lows for any day of the year on Thursday morning. This includes Chicago which may be within a few degrees of its all-time record of minus 27 degrees set Jan. 20, 1985. Cedar Rapids and Waterloo, Iowa, could also dip to near their all-time record lows of minus 29 degrees and minus 34 degrees, respectively.

By midweek, daytime highs will likely not rise above zero in a large portion of the Midwest and may not rise out of the single digits in the Ohio Valley. On Wednesday, Chicago could threaten its all-time coldest high temperature of minus 11 degrees.

This bitter cold will be accompanied by strong winds at times Tuesday through Thursday, leading to life-threatening wind chills in the Midwest that could lead to frostbite on exposed skin in a matter of minutes. A large swath of the Midwest will have wind chills in the 30s, 40s and 50s below zero by Wednesday. A few spots in Minnesota and eastern North Dakota may see wind chills in the 60s below zero.

The Northeast will have its coldest wind chills Wednesday night into Thursday morning, ranging from the 20s and 30s below zero across the interior to the single digits or teens below zero along the Interstate 95 corridor.

Late-January Cold Plunge Notables

Here are a few notables about the cold weather we've seen since the weekend of Jan. 19-20.

  • International Falls, Minnesota, set a daily record low of minus 46 degrees on Sunday morning, Jan. 27. This also tied as the fifth-coldest temperature on record there for any day of the year.
  • Kabetogama, Minnesota, had the coldest low temperature Sunday morning, Jan. 27, at minus 49 degrees.
  • Madison, Wisconsin, set a daily record low of 23 degrees below zero Saturday, Jan. 26, which was its coldest morning since Feb. 3, 1996.
  • Saturday morning, Jan. 26, Dubuque, Iowa, and Moline, Illinois, set daily record lows of minus 20 degrees and minus 22 degrees, respectively.
  • Chicago and Milwaukee dipped below zero for the first time this season Friday morning, Jan. 25.
  • Worcester, Massachusetts, tied its daily record low of minus 6 degrees Monday, Jan. 21. The wind chill at that time was minus 34 degrees.
  • Muskegon, Michigan, set a daily record low of minus 12 degrees Monday, Jan. 21, topping the previous record for that date of minus 5 degrees.
  • Temperatures dropped into the 30s and 40s below zero during the weekend of Jan. 19-20 in northern Minnesota, though no daily record lows were set.
Comment by KM on January 22, 2019 at 4:59am

Extreme wet January displaces thousands and floods farmland in Mercosur member countries

The flooded region, which extends into Paraguay, Uruguay and Brazil, has received about five times more rain than expected since the beginning of the yearThe flooded region, which extends into Paraguay, Uruguay and Brazil, has received about five times more rain than expected since the beginning of the year
Some areas received a whole year’s worth of rainfall in the first 15 days of the calendar yearSome areas received a whole year’s worth of rainfall in the first 15 days of the calendar year

Intense rainfall in northeast Argentina and neighbouring areas in Mercosur members has caused devastating floods, amplifying the economic burdens of Argentina's recession. Over 5,000 people have evacuated the region, and millions of hectares of crops have been sent underwater.

The flooded region, which extends into Paraguay, Uruguay and Brazil, has received about five times more rain than expected since the beginning of the year. Some areas received a whole year’s worth of rainfall in the first 15 days of the calendar year.

Damages to farmland ring in around US$2 billion, according Coninagro, an Intercooperative Agricultural Confederation based in Buenos Aires. The group reported that 2.4 million hectares of soybeans are flooded. The greatest losses come from the Pampa Húmeda region, one of the main food producers in the world. Other crops like corn and cotton, along with livestock have suffered across the Northeast.

In Uruguay some 1.500 people have been evacuated to temporary housing because of flooding and much of the highways network has been seriously damaged with some bridges washed away. Rains have hit wheat harvesting, soybean and rice plantations. Overflowed hydroelectric dams have been forced to ease water further aggravating the situation. However for cattle breeding in Uruguay, pastures are abundant.

Just last year, Argentina was plagued with severe drought, the worst that had hit the country in half a century. This drought crushed the country’s agricultural sector and strained the country’s economy. It’s blamed in part for the current run on Argentine currency.

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Heavy rains can waterlog growing crops or interfere with key sowing and re-seeding processes, Coningrado said. And in provinces like Corrientes, where water has reached in some places nearly two meters deep, herds of cattle and other livestock can be displaced.

If the rain keeps coming, farmland will continue to be aggravated since there is a limit to what the soil can absorb. Forecast models show that rain will continue in the affected areas over the next two weeks. Soils should begin to dry by mid-February, an analyst from Refinitiv Agriculture.

Any further rain could have serious economic implications, Julio Calzada, chief economist of the Rosario Cereal Exchange said. “The harvest will depend on the climate and the economy will depend to a great extent on the harvest,” Calzada said. “The concern is that the volatility of the climate could continue until the end of January”.

Comment by Derrick Johnson on January 19, 2019 at 5:38am

Roads melt and animals drop dead as Australia suffers through its 'most significant' heatwave for 80 YEARS and temperatures top 120F

  • Australia is baking amid record-breaking heatwave with temperatures soaring as high as 120F in some towns
  • Town of Noona, in New South Wales, saw an overnight minimum temperature of 96.6F - an Australian record 
  • Central Sydney saw fifth consecutive day above 86F for first time in eight years, while Canberra also baked 
  • Roads melted and animals dropped dead as fire crews fought more than 60 blazes across New South Wales

Australia is battling through its 'most significant' heatwave for 80 years that has seen temperatures soar above 104F (40C) for six consecutive days across the country. 

Roads melted, animals dropped dead and fires raged as temperature records tumbled across New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria. 

Hundreds of Australians have flocked to Bondi Beach in Sydney to cool off from the extreme summer temperatures.  

The latest mind-boggling figure was reported in the town of Noona, in New South Wales, which reported an overnight minimum temperature of 96.6F (35.9C) on Thursday - a new record for the whole of Australia. 

At least five of the country's ten warmest days on record have come in the last week, with Friday - the day the mercury peaked - yet to be counted. 

The hottest day on record for the country came on January 7, 2013, when the national average maximum temperature was 104.5F (40.3C).  

Roads melted across Australia as temperatures soared into the 100s for the fifth consecutive day amid a record-breaking heatwave that has broken records

Roads melted across Australia as temperatures soared into the 100s for the fifth consecutive day amid a record-breaking heatwave that has broken records

It remains to be seen whether the current heatwave will top that.

On Wednesday alone, New South Wales broke 14 all-time heat records and eight January records, including in the town of Griffith which suffered through 114F (46.4C) heat.

Menindee, in the far west of the state, was due to hit 113F (45C) on Friday having broken its all-time record with a temperature of 118F (47.8C) earlier in the week. It hasn't seen a daytime high below 113F since Monday.

Broken Hill airport, Whitecliff, Wilcannia, and Albury all saw their hottest days since records began on Wednesday. 

Meanwhile Marble Bar, in Western Australia, recorded the highest temperature of the last seven days with a blistering 120F (49.1C) on Sunday, marking a January record. Tarcoola, in South Australia, also hit 119F (49C).  

Simon Grainger, Bureau of Meteorology climatologist, told CNN: 'Based on the extent and duration, this is the most significant heatwave to have affected inland eastern Australia since January 1939.'

State governments and the Bureau of Meteorology have issued dozens of warnings, telling drivers to allow extra time for journeys as cars are more likely to break down in extreme condition.

The Fire Service in New South Wales said its crews were battling more than 60 fires with 13 fire bans in place across the state.

Three children in Sydney's southwest had to be treated for heat exhaustion and vomiting, while 16 people in South Australia were admitted to hospital after suffering the effects of heat.

Sydney train users are being warned there could be delays across the network as temperatures rise. 

Animals have been dropping dead in the heat, including this elderly and emaciated kangaroo that was discovered in Belair, South Australia, before later dying of heat exhaustion

Animals have been dropping dead in the heat, including this elderly and emaciated kangaroo that was discovered in Belair, South Australia, before later dying of heat exhaustion

Animals have been suffering through the record-high temperatures during what meteorologists branded the 'most significant' heatwave to hit the country for 80 years 

Animals have been suffering through the record-high temperatures during what meteorologists branded the 'most significant' heatwave to hit the country for 80 years 

The heat peaked on Friday (pictured, Friday temperature map with darker colours indicating higher heat). In the town of Noona, New South Wales, the overnight low was 96.6F - an Australia-wide record

The heat peaked on Friday (pictured, Friday temperature map with darker colours indicating higher heat). In the town of Noona, New South Wales, the overnight low was 96.6F - an Australia-wide record

Partial relief is expected across much of New South Wales and Southern Australia going into next week, with temperatures dipping almost 50F (10C) from their highs this week.

However, inland areas will still remain scorching hot with the potential for more heat before the summer ends.

Sydney looks to be in for a few cooler days than it has suffered through this past week, with temperatures expected to dip below 86F (30C) over the weekend.

There will be a northeasterly wind blowing through Sydney overnight on Friday with a weak southerly change, Weatherzone forecaster Craig McIntosh said.

Gusty winds will plague the coastline on Saturday, meaning it might not be the best day for sun-seekers to head for the sand. There is also a moderate chance of a brief shower on Saturday afternoon.

However, Sunday is looking like the perfect time to pull out the sunscreen and head seaside with temperatures sitting in the low 80F (20C) range, Mr McIntosh said.

The weekend is also bringing some relief from the heat for tennis fans in Melbourne with cooling winds headed towards the city.

Again, Sunday is looking like the better day for outdoor activities as temperatures are expected to sit comfortably around 77F (25C).

Canberra is taking a break from its extremely hot days as temperatures drop slightly from its 100F (40C) heat.

Saturday should see temperatures cool to around 93F (34C) - the coldest day the city will see in the coming week, Mr McIntosh said.

Brisbane can expect a hot and humid weekend with temperatures sitting around 93F.

Adelaide has a sunny but partly cloudly weekend ahead with some southeasterly winds moving in on Saturday.

There is a chance of a thunderstorm battering Hobart on Friday night but that should clear by Saturday.

Perth is expected to remain scorching with temperatures around the high 90F (30C) range. Darwin has a moderate chance of showers on both Saturday and Sunday. 


Comment by jorge namour on January 14, 2019 at 4:26pm

When it rains, it pours: Israel's north hit by floods


Drivers are stranded and roads are blocked by rising waters as winter makes itself felt across the country; meteorologists warn bad weather will continue.

Heavy rains caused floods across Israel’s north on Monday, stranding two cars mid-stream and damaging property in several regions.
The two cars were caught in a flood in the Hilazon stream, in which an IDF soldier drowned last Monday during navigation practice, and drivers had to call for rescue. The local fire department used a crane in order to reach the drivers, who were stranded on the roofs of their cars.

Drivers being evacuated during the flood in Hilazon stream (Photo: Police Spokesperson)

While northern regions experienced the heaviest rainfall, Israel’s south experienced only light rains. However, according to Nahum Malik from the Meteo-Tech meteorological organization, areas are flooding regardless of the amount of rainfall due to an oversaturated water table after the recurrent storms of the past few weeks.

The stormy front is expected to continue into Wednesday, and snowfall in northern peaks could expand to the Jerusalem region. Waves in the Mediterranean are expected to reach 400-800 centimeters, with wind speeds of up to 90 kilometres an hour.

Comment by jorge namour on January 11, 2019 at 3:58pm

Switzerland JANUARY 11 2019

Avalanche damage in Hotel Hotel Säntis, Schwagalp pass, Switzerland yesterday, January 10


Comment by Recall 15 on January 11, 2019 at 1:52am

Sea Water dissapear in Campeche Mx. January 10,  2019, 7:00 am 

FB page "El Despertar 2"  said: 
It was around 7:00 am when the event happened.
This phenomenon caught the attention of the Campechanos who passed through various points of the city's boardwalk.

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Comment by Gerard Zwaan on January 10, 2019 at 12:23pm

10 feet more, than 3 metres of snow, more than the whole January average and record lows with -9F (-23C) in sunny Greece leaves central Europe in chaos

Photo Barcroft Images...German train snowed in in Saxony

Austria is expected to face 10 feet, more than 3 metres of snow in the next few days as fierce winter weather continues to strike central Europe this week.
Parts of Austria have already had more snow this month than they usually do in the whole of January, with more snow expected before the weekend.
The tourist season in the Alps has also been hit with more than 1,000 miles of ski slope and 450 ski lifts closed because of the weather.
The cold weather has blasted Greece where temperatures reached record lows with -9F (-23C) recorded in the city of Florina on Tuesday night.
There has been a huge amount of snow falling across the northern European Alps over the past couple of weeks with resorts in Austria bearing the brunt of the storm.
While there have been a few epic powder days in some resorts, there is literally too much snow in other areas with roads and train lines cut.
We've been talking about big snowfalls in Whistler, California, and Japan, but the seven-day totals in parts of Austria are really impressive - the resort of Tauplitz reporting over three meters (10 feet), while Solden's upper slopes now have a base of over four meters after 70cms fell in the past few days.
There are reports of some great powder skiing in the trees in the Salzburg and Arlberg regions but the avalanche danger in many Austrian resorts further north is very high, up at level 4, which is one below the maximum of five.
Many resorts have closed the exposed, upper terrain with skiers advised to ski below the tree-line. Thousands of people are snowed-in as a number of resorts and villages have been cut off with roads and train-lines closed due to snow or the risk of avalanche.
The amount of snow on the upper slopes and fear of avalanches led to the entire resort of Hochkar, located in eastern Austria, being evacuated on Monday.
Unfortunately, there have been up to 14 fatalities associated with the storm, with two skiers killed in separate avalanches in the western Austrian province of Vorarlberg on the weekend and another skier died after being caught in deep snow.
A couple who went missing while snowshoeing on Sunday was found dead on Monday near Salzburg in Central Austria.
A man was also killed by a falling branch in Germany.
The consistent snowfalls continued this week with another 60 to 100cms expected for the northern Alps of Austria from Tuesday through to Thursday evening.
Parts of Switzerland, Germany, and Czechoslovakia are also receiving big snowfalls but the same cannot be said for France and Italy as the Western Alps have received little or no snow.


Comment by KM on January 9, 2019 at 1:03pm


Southern Greece known for its Mediterranean warmth gets snow in record cold spell with temperatures reaching -23 degrees C, -9 deg F

Athens awakened to blankets of snow on Tuesday thanks to a storm system penetrating the south Mediterranean.
Meteorologists have named the weather pattern causing the extreme weather conditions as "Telemachos" after the mythical son of Odysseus.
As temperatures plunged to -23 degrees C, -9 deg F, authorities closed schools and courthouses.
Transport was also brought to a standstill and power cuts were noted in many regions.
Social media was abuzz with photographs of snow covering some of the city's famed landmarks, such as the Acropolis, while children enjoyed the "snow day".
The sight of Greek beaches covered in snow dust drew the spotlight of the international media with coverage from numerous media outlets from Reuters to the Washington Post.

Comment by Juan F Martinez on January 3, 2019 at 1:23am

"Which way is the wind blowing, Holmes?"  "That depends, Watson, these days it's all over the place. "

The image below from 1-2-2018 reflects winds at the height of the 250 hPa level which is about 35,000 feet or 11 km. It shows chaotic wind flows with very warm tropical air mixing with polar air masses, a perfect storm is brewing.  Climate Chaos, caused by the #Earth_Wobble, and it's getting worse as #Planet X approaches.  Fasten your seat belts.

Comment by SongStar101 on January 2, 2019 at 12:03am

2018 drought was brutal for Europe.  In Germany rivers suffered with agriculture aide requests of $384 million.

Germany registers record low rainfall

A dry spell in Germany that began in February has continued into November, making the summer and fall the driest on record. The drought has impacted farmers and left bodies of water at record lows.

Germany experienced its driest summer and fall/autumn this year since records began, the German Weather Service (DWD) said on Thursday.

From June to November, 225 liters of rain fell per square meter of land, an amount far below the previous record low of 268 liters in the year 1911.

"If you look at summer and fall together, it has never been so dry since the beginning of regular measurements in 1881," the meteorologists said, adding that the dry spell had started in February. 

In the fall, DWD's 2,000 measurement stations recorded an average of 95 liters of rain per square meter, or 51 percent less than the norm of 183 liters. That made the season the fourth driest on record.

The result of the dry spell has been historically low water levels in rivers, streams and lakes. Farmers have also been hit by the drought and provided government support. Germany's vintners, meanwhile, were expecting bumper harvests. 


The Rhine, a Lifeline of Germany, Is Crippled by Drought

KAUB, Germany — Just after sunrise, Capt. Frank Sep turned to his ship’s radio for the defining news of his day: the water level in Kaub, the shallowest part of the middle section of the Rhine, Germany’s most important shipping route.

The news was bad, as it so often is these days.

One of the longest dry spells on record has left parts of the Rhine at record-low levels for months, forcing freighters to reduce their cargo or stop plying the river altogether.

“I’ve never experienced so little water here,” said Captain Sep, who has been working on the river since 1982, the last 22 years on the Rex-Rheni. “It’s becoming so low that it’s very difficult for ships to pass.”


Water woes as drought leaves Germany's Rhine shallow


Germany’s iconic Rhine river is at a record low bringing businesses and boats to a standstill

MONTHS of drought have left Germany’s Rhine river at a record low, dealing a blow to the economy and exposing relics from the past.

THE docks are eerily quiet at Cologne’s main port on the mighty River Rhine, with hundreds of containers piled up and awaiting their journey north on one of Europe’s busiest commercial arteries.

Months of scarce rainfall and hot sunny weather drove water levels on the Rhine to a record low, forcing ship operators to suspend services to keep vessels from running aground.

“We haven’t had any new ships in Cologne since last week — they stop in Duisburg” 80 kilometres north, Oliver Grossmann, head of shipping company CTS, told AFP.

He said that under normal conditions, “three or four” of his big vessels would stop each day in the city known for its Gothic cathedral.

The few barges still chugging along the river have had to drastically reduce their cargo to stay afloat.

Sitting in his office overlooking the mountain of containers, Grossman said rail links can only fill part of the gap as long as river transport is paralysed because of a lack of infrastructure and train engineers.

At the entrance to the port of Duisburg, a small tower houses a Rhine measuring station. On its roof are two LED panels reading 5.09 feet.

“This is the lowest level ever measured here,” said Jan Boehme, a hydrologist with the Water and Shipping Authority.


Helmholtz - German Drought Monitor


German farmers wait for aid, months after drought

During the summer, an exceptional heatwave and dry spell wreaked havoc on the crop yields of German farmers. Emergency state aid was pledged, but bureaucracy has held up the payments, farmers say.

he swelteringly hot summer of 2018 has long since given way to the early chills of winter in Germany but the effects of the damaging drought that gripped the country from May to August are still being felt by the country's farmers.

While around 8,000 farmers have applied for emergency aid so far — as promised to them by the government in August — no money has yet been paid out, the German Farmers' Union (DBV) confirmed to DW on Friday.

"I can tell you that no money has actually been paid out yet. We've said all along that the procedure involved is far too bureaucratic and time-consuming," said DBV spokesman Axel Finkenwirth.

When the extent of the crop losses and damages wrought by the crisis became apparent in August, both national and local government pledged emergency state aid to t...

An exceptionally hot May was followed by three months almost fully devoid of rain, and as a result, the harvest in various German states was drastically hit. The overall reduction in the country's grain harvest was down by around 25 percent while some states, such as Lower Saxony in the northwest, were hit even harder.


European drought could cause global food shortages

Friday, July 27, 2018, 1:32 PM - Europe is experiencing what farmers are calling the “worst drought in recent memory” – which could create food shortages and financial troubles for Europeans.

Since May 2018, Europe has been experiencing a dry spell and above-average seasonal temperatures, including numerous heat waves. The Lithuanian government has declared a state of emergency for the drought and Latvia acknowledged it as a natural disaster of national scale. 

Norway, Ireland, and Denmark have imposed water restrictions. Electricity prices are expected to rise in Norway, Belgium, and the Netherlands due to a high dependency on hydropower.

The European Drought Observatory (EDO) created a map visualizing which countries and regions are experiencing the worst of the drought. 


France hard hit by drought as well...

France brings in water restrictions to battle drought

After weeks of scorching weather, local authorities have taken measures to fight water shortages across the country.

Water restrictions are currently in place in 46 departments across France following the heatwave of the past few weeks.

These areas have adopted at least one measure to reduce water use and 86 local orders limiting the use of water are currently in place.

As water levels become critical in many regions, in places such as the Loiret for example, farmers have been instructed to cut back their use of water for agricultural use.

The Gard has banned people from filling up their swimming pool and washing their cars and fountains have been switched off. Farmers there cannot water between 10 am and 6 pm.

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