Less Snow and More Blizzards?
At first this headline sounds bizarre, but the explanation is pretty simple. More CO2 leads to warmer air which holds more moisture which can produce larger rain and snow storms. While these larger blizzards are more frequent, they don't make up for reduced overall snowfall. This trend is already underway with reduced spring snow cover across the Northern Hemisphere. More blizzards in exchange for fewer snow days is a poor tradeoff whether you ski or not.
For those of us who live in the mountains, less snow and earlier spring snow melts also mean less water. The high alpine snow pack is a reservoir for much of the mountainous western US and Canada and this snow is melting even faster than Arctic sea ice.
What can we as skiers and snowboarders do about this? Read the Snow Code and decide what changes you can make first. Change can be difficult, but the status quo is even worse.
Controls of Global Snow Under a Changed Climate, Sarah Kapnick and Tom Delworth
- Japan’s $320 Million Gamble at Fukushima: An Underground Ice Wall
- Explorer: West of Key West, an Under-the-Radar National Park
- By Degrees: America’s First Offshore Wind Farm May Power Up a New Industry
- As Homeless Find Refuge in Forests, ‘Anger Is Palpable’ in Nearby Towns
- English Village Becomes Climate Leader by Quietly Cleaning Up Its Own Patch