February 6, 2011

What a difference a year makes

One of the reasons the climate change/global warming community has no credibility is that even if people have terrible memories, they now have Google.

I was looking for articles about scientist comments on the current explanation for the relationship between all the recent Northern Hemisphere snow events and climate change. One of the articles that came up was this:

Climate change blamed for Olympic snow shortage
Winter snow season has been slowly shrinkng in past 50 years, says researcher

The David Suzuki Foundation says global warming and climate change are in part responsible for what's happening to a key Olympic venue.

Olympic organizers are working around the clock to ensure there's enough snow on Cypress Mountain, home to freestyle ski and snowboard events for the Games.

Record warm temperatures and heavy rains this winter have forced VANOC to use bales of hay and to truck in snow to create the courses for the events.

The Games are a perfect catalyst for Canada to take climate change seriously in the long term, according to Ian Bruce, the lead climate change researcher at the Suzuki Foundation.

"It's crucial, as far as our economy goes here in Canada [and] it's crucial to protect winter sports as far as our culture goes," Bruce said.

I had totally forgotten about all the hysterics regarding last years Olympics in Canada. It is also ironic that David Suzuki, Canada's version of Al Gore, is the one who is making the connection in light of his counterparts recent comments attempting to make a counter argument.

The article goes on to explain the reason for the problem last year:

Snow season shrinking

If we fail to act, we will also lose a big part of the economy for the many communities in the country that depend on winter sports and winter sports tourism, said Bruce.

"These are really important issues that I think should be integrated into hosting the Winter Olympics. We should be calling for leadership on climate change and putting in solutions."

Research gathered over a 50-year period showed that the snow season in winters in B.C. are getting shorter by between four and five weeks, with warmer temperatures overall, Bruce said.

Efforts like those underway on Cypress Mountain to create a snow pack for the Olympics are not viable strategies for the long term, he said.

Of course last years attempt to blame the Winter Olympics lack of snow was as disingenuous as most of the alarmist hyperbole is. As British Columbia was struggling to find enough snow for snow boarding, Washington DC was experiencing another bout of Snowbegeddon.

All the more galling for the organisers is the fact that it is an entirely different experience on the east coast of America, which is experiencing its snowiest winter on record.

Cities from Washington to New York were hit today by the second serious whiteout in days, with 40mph winds and snow falling at a rate of 5cm (2in) an hour. The United Nations in New York and the federal government in Washington were dark, schools were closed, and flights grounded

So as scientist and ALGORE go to extreme lengths to explain the Northern Hemispheres cold and snowy winter in spite of their previous assertions, this is but another example of the warmist having it both ways. When it snows it is global warming, when it doesn't it is global warming.

Oh by the way, if you are in the area, great skiing conditions on Cypress Mountain today!

Date of Update: February 6, 2011 at 6:00am
Alpine Area Update: 

Cypress Mountain will be open today from 9am until 10pm for another GREAT DAY of skiing and riding!!

Weather Conditions - Observed at Base
Weather Conditions: Snowing
Base Temperature: -2 C
Visibility: Unlimited
Winds: Light
Snow Conditions (Mid Mtn.)
New Snow - Mid Mtn. (Over Night): 3 cm
New Snow - Mid Mtn. (24 hrs): 3 cm
New Snow - Mid Mtn. (7 days): 13 cm
Total Snow Fall (Season): 674 cm
Alpine Snow Conditions: Machine Groomed
Snow Depth - Mid Mtn.: 297 cm

Enjoy the Snow, we will either have more or less of it in the years to come, I guarantee it.

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