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Seeing snow for the first time at 62: Brazilians revel in icy snap

CommoditiesJul 30, 2021 08:32AM ET
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(Reuters) - Temperatures dropped across Brazil on Thursday - with rare snowfall overnight in some places - as a polar air mass advanced toward the center-south of the global agricultural powerhouse, threatening coffee, sugarcane and orange crops with frost.

Cars, streets and highways were blanketed in ice while people took the opportunity to take pictures and play in the snow, building snowmen.

"I am 62 years old and had never seen the snow, you know? To see nature's beauty is something indescribable," said truck driver Iodor Goncalves Marques in Cambara do Sul, a municipality of Rio Grande do Sul state, speaking to TV Globo network.

More than 40 cities in the state of Rio Grande do Sul had icy conditions and at least 33 municipalities had snow, reported the meteorology company Somar Meteorologia.

Unusually cold weather in Brazil has already sent international prices for coffee and sugar higher and Friday was forecast to be the coldest day of the year, according to Marco Antonio dos Santos, a partner at weather consultancy firm Rural Clima.

In a report on Thursday, dos Santos said the south of Goiás and Mato Grosso do Sul, states where farmers grow crops like corn, would face low temperatures on Friday as the wave of cold air marched northward.

The polar air mass should move over Sao Paulo and Minas Gerais, major producers of sugar, citrus and coffee, on Friday, bringing freezing temperatures.

According to meteorology company MetSul, winds in the city of Sao Francisco de Paula reached a maximum of 80 kilometres per hour (49 mph), a rare occurrence in Brazil.

"It was worth it. Actually, you almost do not feel the cold because of how exciting the snow is. It is marvellous, it is marvellous!" Brazilian Joselaine da Silva Marques told TV Globo while enjoying the snow in Cambara do Sul.

Seeing snow for the first time at 62: Brazilians revel in icy snap
 

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Leonard Kong
Leonard Kong Jul 30, 2021 8:43AM ET
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come to the northeast US!! the novelty of the snow will wear off quicker than you can say caipirinha!
Zmogus Gyvas
Zmogus Gyvas Jul 30, 2021 3:38AM ET
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This planet goes in cycles, climate changes constantly and its normal, human activity has a very minimal impact on how the climate changes, the globalists knows this process and they decided to profit and enslave even more people with the current climate change, blaming it on cars ant etc... You can clearly see that in places where it used to be cold now its getting warmer and in places where you never seen snow, it is now appearing. People who believe that humans are the ones who impact this the most are silly to say the least, but anyway good luck with your vaccine, because you on that camp anyway.
Louis Moore Bacon
Louis Moore Bacon Jul 30, 2021 12:03AM ET
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Seeing snow for the first time can be magical but this level of climate change may destroy humanity. Humans are getting what they deserve.
Tony Huynh
Tony Huynh Jul 30, 2021 12:03AM ET
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Don't worry, climate change is fake according to most people on here. Snow in Brazil is totally normal /s
Robert Sharp
Robert Sharp Jul 30, 2021 12:03AM ET
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The earth has been around for billions of years.. to say we know what is going to happen after observations that are equivalent to .0003% of the earth's age is the height of arrogance. I have observed that currently we are losing about 1 minute of daylight in the evening. Therefore I predict the sun will dissappear in approximately 720 days. Is that how all the doom sayers predict the end of humans in 30, 50, 100 years? It's just d.um.b.. no offense.
 
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