Looks like climate change is really doing a job on the California wine industry. And, by climate change, I mean that the penguins, seals, and polar bears at the zoos and aquariums in California are loving life (via Tom Nelson)
2010 could be the most challenging vintage of the last 50 years here in Northern California Wine Country.
The grapes and grape growers are struggling. This is the coldest summer in memory. We’ve had late bloom and cold stretches before but nothing as sustainably cold as this.
It’s cold here for August and it was cold here for June and July. Friends of mine here on the Extreme Sonoma Coast have actually turned on their heat the last couple of weeks. The Wall Street Journal published an article on August 7th saying it’s the coldest summer along the West Coast in decades.
They are expecting the grape harvest to be 2-3 weeks late, the rain could cause rot and mold, and the grapes are teeny, green, and hard as stones. But, hey, we all know this cold snap is A) just nature being nature, B) weather, so, means nothing to AGW, C) man’s release of gasses that trap heat and cause the Earth’s temperature to increase causing cold weather.
Oh, look, early snow in Russia. Must be caused by the AGW induced wildfires or something.