February 12, 2014

The End of Snow – 2

From motherboard:

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

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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.

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“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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