Every year, especially winter Olympic years, we have to read some nutjob telling the world we’ve just about seen the last of snow.
I suppose I’d be disappointed if we didn’t see this sophistry, vapidity, and hyperbole …….
They author does what all hyperbole driven articles do, they give anecdotes, and then pretend this is happening all over the world ……..
In the last 47 years, a million square miles of spring snow cover has disappeared from the Northern Hemisphere. Europe has lost half of its Alpine glacial ice since the 1850s, and if climate change is not reined in, two-thirds of European ski resorts will be likely to close by 2100.
The same could happen in the United States, where in the Northeast, more than half of the 103 ski resorts may no longer be viable in 30 years because of warmer winters. As far for the Western part of the country, it will lose an estimated 25 to 100 percent of its snowpack by 2100 if greenhouse gas emissions are not curtailed — reducing the snowpack in Park City, Utah, to zero and relegating skiing to the top quarter of Ajax Mountain in Aspen.
The facts are straightforward: The planet is getting hotter. Snow melts above 32 degrees Fahrenheit. The Alps are warming two to three times faster than the worldwide average, possibly because of global circulation patterns. Since 1970, the rate of winter warming per decade in the United States has been triple the rate of the previous 75 years, with the strongest trends in the Northern regions of the country. Nine of the 10 hottest years on record have occurred since 2000, and this winter is already looking to be one of the driest on record — with California at just 12 percent of its average snowpack in January, and the Pacific Northwest at around 50 percent.
Oh, well, yes, Cali is pretty much the world…… Some views of the last 30 years of the Northern Hemisphere Snow cover by seasons ……. Yes, Spring has a slight decline ……
Here’s Fall ……
And, here’s winter …….
The ignorance displayed by the New York Times write is astounding.
I’d have more to say, but, I’m busy …. just wanted to take a break and hopefully help inform some peeps! BBL!!