Fall’s temperature was the most above-normal autumn period in history, recorded as the hottest ever observed. Here we got a typical case when the bad news could turn out a good one as well. As bad news comes first; Earth is already halfway to the danger zone (link). But hold on. Let’s keep it local here as the silver lining emerges from the clouds.
Why good news for Albanians? The generous sun gave all its warmth and lightbeam to the vegetables and fruits of the season, giving them a more than full charge of quality and flavour.
As Luto Goga, specialist of AAC-Lushnja told AgroWeb, this fall’s products do not just taste delicious, but because of the unusual warm temperatures, farmers didn’t have to add harmful chemicals to artificially accelerate the product’s growing.
“Due to the extended natural light and warm weather, it was quite unnecessary for the Albanian farmers to use even the usual protective pesticides that eventually were also an added financial cost to them”, Mr. Goga said, adding that “Mother nature itself was taking care of the products this time around”.
Leafy greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, cabbages, and all greenhouse products especially from Lushnja and Myzeqeja area, as well as Olives almost from Berat and Tirana, mandarins of Xarra, Saranda, like about 90 per cent of this season products, are at their prime best.
When it comes to wheat, it’s quite a different story though. The warm weather after this product is planted has a negative impact. The lack of abundant humidity, vital to the wheat cycle, is of great concern to the Albanian farmers.
Even the temperatures were high. Albania was hit by floods during the first days of October (link) but according to data provided earlier by AgroWeb, the damage lied mostly in forage crops (mainly alpha-alpha crops) as the floods affected also the soil prepared for wheat planting. So, with too much wetness to the soil before planting and no humidity once planted, there is no good news for the wheat production.
But let’s get back to the record high temperatures of October. This was the eighth month this year when a heat record was set.
Albania, as the rest of the world was hit by unusually hot temperatures, reaching record high, especially on July when the high global temperature levels date back to the late 1800s .
Agroweb provided that time, official information from Meteoalb regarding this year temperatures in Albania. According to Mrs.Tanja Porja, Meteoalb administrator, the highest daily temperatures reached extremely high values during July, which have set new records of highest temperatures in many areas.
Mrs Porja told Agroweb that the fall period of the year was expected to bring less rain, based on the monthly climatic norms of these months in Albania, adding that, this abnormality will be more visible during November and December. During September and October was forecasted that North and Central Albania register values closer to the monthly norms. The Southern part of Albania was expected to register 20-30 mm more rain than monthly norms.
Seven of the 10 warmest months have occurred in 2015
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that’s the hottest October on record by a third of a degree over the old mark, a large margin for weather records.
Global data from NOAA released Thursday shows that the average temperature across the entire planet for the month of October was a record shattering 0.98 degrees Celsius warmer than average for the month of October - making it the highest average temperature reached compared to normal in Earth's historical record.
NOAA climate scientists said 2015 will be the hottest year on record blaming potent El Nino on top of accelerating man-made global warming.
The temperatures got a boost this year from what may end up being the strongest El Nino ever recorded reaching its peak. El Nino, which is characterized by warming of ocean waters in the tropical Pacific Ocean, is helping to drive global temperatures upward this year. With all of the extra heat coming from the oceans during an El Nino, years that feature the phenomenon tend to be the warmest years, whereas years that feature a La Nina - which contain cooler than normal waters in the Pacific tend to be the coolest years. For once though, bad weather news yielded good returns despite not on all Albanian crops.