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A series of freak April storms hammered the San Joaquin Valley last week, damaging vulnerable crops with a one-two-three punch of hail, lightning and tornados that caused millions of dollars of crop losses.
It will be several weeks before an accurate tabulation of losses can be made, but for some growers it amounted to 100 percent of this year’s production. A number of crops suffered damage from the unrelenting power of hailstones measuring 1.5 inches in diameter or larger.
Nature’s fury came in the form of “supercells”—large thunderstorms that moved slowly across the valley from Kings County, through parts of Tulare County, up to Merced County and all the way eastward to Mariposa County.
The most destructive storm brought torrents of hail across a six-to-eight mile-wide swath of farmland that extended some 30 miles, accompanied by thunderstorms and numerous lightning strikes.
The epicenter of the more significant of two supercells last Wednesday was in Tulare County near Traver. Grower Ed Needham, who was caught driving near Traver when the storm struck, described it as “the sound of someone hitting my truck with a hammer.”
Needham said he was in his truck with two other farmers and had pulled over to watch a huge storm cell to the south when the other cell struck from the north.
“It started out small and was no big deal and then all of a sudden the side-view mirrors on my truck shattered and the road started getting covered with huge hailstones. I looked at the wind and saw that it was going south, so I took off and went to the south and got out of it,” he said.
Steve Johnson, a storm chaser with Atmospheric Group International, tracked the storms closely and estimated that the damage to agriculture could reach $25 million or more just from the two supercells that hit last Wednesday afternoon.
“While other thunderstorms were moving at about 25 miles per hour, these two slugs were moving at about 7 or 8 miles an hour, so they just trudged along producing very large hail and a high quantity of lightning,” he said. “I estimate the damage at anywhere from 80 percent to 100 percent in fields and orchards where the hail struck. The fruit and nut trees were stripped bare. The trees look like they are in midwinter and haven’t even budded yet.”
Johnson also reported that a third supercell formed over farmland west of Lemoore, producing a tornado, and another one popped up near Huron, causing considerable crop damage to Westside lettuce and tomato fields.
The following day, a supercell formed in Merced County near Dos Palos and moved northeast between Atwater and Merced, once again accompanied by huge hailstones.
“The hailstones were larger than those on the previous day. There was 1 3/4-inch hail that was recorded near Castle Air Force Base, causing a lot of crop damage as well as other damage before moving up into Mariposa County,” Johnson said.
John Diepersloot, one of the owners of Kingsburg Orchards, which grows peaches, plums, nectarines and apricots, said the storms wiped out some orchards while leaving adjacent ones unscathed. He said several of his orchards were struck and that while the visible damage is obvious, it will be several days before any accurate assessment can be made.
“Where the hail hit, it is a complete, 100 percent loss. It was hitting in cells, so one area was a complete disaster and another area got missed,” he said. “Some of the fields look like they got beat up pretty bad. Most of the apricots, cherries, pluots and plums got scratched up pretty bad or even knocked off the trees.”
Diepersloot also noted damage to other crops, particularly grapes and newly transplanted processing tomatoes.
“The tomatoes on certain blocks were stripped down. The transplants had leaves ripped off. The grapes had everything from tender, new shoots to the bark itself torn off. A lot of guys are planting their corn, but it isn’t up yet, so that is still in the ground,” he said.
John Thiesen, general manager of Giumarra Brothers Fruit Co. of Reedley, said he is still trying to assess the losses, and that enough fruit to fill from 5 million to 12 million boxes may have been lost.
“That is a pretty big span, so no one really knows for sure. But we do know there is very significant damage,” he said.
Thiesen said the magnitude of last week’s hailstorms was stunning.
“One doesn’t see this kind of devastation very often. I know for us here, we were fortunate to escape, but the emotions are such that we feel just awful for all our grower friends who were affected. It is heartbreaking,” he said.
Michael Miya, who farms walnuts, pistachios and field crops such as wheat, corn and onions for seed north of Hanford, said this was the worst hailstorm he has ever witnessed.
“We inspected the damage to our walnuts and it chopped a lot of the young leaflets. It covered the ground in green where the hail went through. We are concerned with the nuts that are already set on the trees,” he said. “Some of my neighbors with almonds say they lost about a third of their crop, some less and some more, depending on where they were located. One of my neighbors with cherries said he has probably lost 80 percent of his crop.”
Johnson, a severe-weather specialist who provides private weather forecasting for farming operations, utility companies and irrigation districts in the San Joaquin Valley, said it has been at least 20 years since something this severe struck the region.
“I feel really bad for the farmers who have been annihilated, because they work very hard,” he said.
(Steve Adler is associate editor of Ag Alert. He may be contacted at email@example.com.)
Permission for use is granted, however, credit must be made to the California Farm Bureau Federation when reprinting this item.
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Joplin, Missouri, was prepared. The tornado warning system gave residents 24 minutes’ notice that a twister was bearing down on them. Doctors and nurses at St. John’s Regional Medical Center, who had practiced tornado drills for years, moved fast, getting patients away from windows, closing blinds, and activating emergency generators. And yet more than 130 people died in Joplin, including four people at St. John’s, where the tornado sucked up the roof and left the building in ruins, like much of the shattered city.
Gallery: Freak Weather
Even those who deny the existence of global climate change are having trouble dismissing the evidence of the last year. In the U.S. alone, nearly 1,000 tornadoes have ripped across the heartland, killing more than 500 people and inflicting $9 billion in damage. The Midwest suffered the wettest April in 116 years, forcing the Mississippi to flood thousands of square miles, even as drought-plagued Texas suffered the driest month in a century. Worldwide, the litany of weather’s extremes has reached biblical proportions. The 2010 heat wave in Russia killed an estimated 15,000 people. Floods in Australia and Pakistan killed 2,000 and left large swaths of each country under water. A months-long drought in China has devastated millions of acres of farmland. And the temperature keeps rising: 2010 was the hottest year on earth since weather records began.
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IMHO a massive honeycomb appearing with rings covering virtually the entire midsection of the country, severe weather could take shape over just about anywhere – that is if the HAARP or Flash Ring theory is real. Links and more from Dutch below…
Uploaded by dutchsinse on Apr 30, 2011
In the towns of Saint Louis Missouri, Springfield illinois, Omaha Nebraska, Lacrosse Wisconsin, and Dixon to Chicago illinois, and Milwaukee… expect severe weather up to and including tornadoes in the next 24-48 hours from now .. 300am CST 4/30/2011 .
Based upon the “HAARP VLF UHF” radar rings showing up around each effected area.
Check out the enormous power behind this tornado, after living in Oklahoma’s “tornado alley” for well over a decade what I find odd about this event is there are no leaves on the trees yet. Either spring is coming late in Iowa this year, or the tornado’s are forming earlier than normal. Also, Iowa isn’t really known for an area where tornados are known to strike very often…Guess this is just another sign of the Earth Changes bearing down at this time.
This road in Muncie, Ind., was among those flooded
out on Monday. Resident Mark Coatie was attempting
to clear drains near his house after the area received
over three inches of rainfall.
heavy rain, high winds and hail
flooded homes and roads Monday
and knocked out power in parts of
the Midwest, where at least six
people were injured and two
tornadoes touched down in
Indiana. Three homes in Kentucky
were destroyed by a tornado.
Flooding was a threat in all 88 of
Ohio’s counties, the National
Weather Service said. Wind gusts
of 60 mph or more were recorded
in several locations, followed by
roof damage, uprooted trees and
downed power lines. Utilities
reported that as many as 31,000
Ohio customers had no power late
It’s likely to get worse, especially
around Findlay, where residents
know all too well what to do when
there’s a threat of flooding.
Sandbags were being distributed
and city officials made individual
warning calls to downtown
businesses as forecasts called for
the Blanchard River to rise 6 1/2
feet above flood level, just a foot
lower than a catastrophic 2007
flood that swamped this town 45
My goodness Mother Nature is has been busy over the last week with huge cracks in the Earth appearing in Peru, freak hailstorms in Pakistan, snow in San Francisco, tornado’s, floods, volcano’s acting up and so much more….
Wacky weather has become the norm, just this afternoon there was a report of tornado damage in Oregon! First it’s December 14 — far from tornado season, and second it’s almost unheard of for tornado’s to form in the Pacific Northwest. Even in during springtime when weather conditions are prime, it’s rare to hear of tornado’s hitting the region. In Bolivia a couple of months ago there was a massive marine life kill when temperatures plummeted close to freezing killing millions of fish, crocodiles, snakes, frogs and other tropical wildlife not suited for colder weather patterns.
Since we’re such a visual society, thought it would be helpful to provide a link to a photo gallery illustrating what’s been going on with weather around the world and how it’s crippling some regions. Very interesting photo;s indeed, if you’re staying abreast of earth changes our planet seems to be heading towards an upsurge in violent weather, earthquakes and volcanism…
This highly informative website lists detailed, up-to-the-minute information on Earth changes relating to a wide variety of natural disasters and epidemics currently taking place around the world. This is definitely a website to bookmark if you want to track the ongoing earth changes!