February 12, 2014

The End of Snow – 2

From motherboard:


Satellites don’t lie, and Sochi doesn’t have much snow.



Meteorologists say that enough has fallen to ensure high quality competition for the Winter Games, but from space, it looks pretty sparse. Despite a national initiative to import half a million tons of snow and a Herculean snow-making effort that helped the Russian city produce 1,000 football fields worth of powder, humans weren’t able to add a whole lot of white to Sochi’s arid ridges. All of which highlights the unique, hottest-ever environs where Russia chose to host the Olympics.


“The End of Snow,” featured in the New York Times, is here.

update: Cautionary remarks here – Global Warming, Winter Weather and the Olympics – Five Leading Climate Scientists Weigh in

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