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Conditions of the Slopes

Posted by Jeff Id on April 8, 2010

Digital Diatribes has been relatively quiet on climate for some time.  I still stop by pretty regularly though.  Today Joe posted a collection of snowfall data taken by a skiing enthusiast over the entire set of critical years of global warming.   It’s nice because the data isn’t directly from a government archive which may have motives but rather a personal record of an individual who’s motive is skiing.

Observations of a Skiing Actuary – Part 2

5 Responses to “Conditions of the Slopes”

  1. timetochooseagain said

    Yet another over the top scare debunked? Looks that way to me.

  2. Mark T said

    I’ve been skiing here 7 years and so far, the biggest snow years in several decades were two of the warmest globally. Hard to claim the ski season will be getting shorter when slopes are opening earlier because it is cold enough, and re-opening for weekends after they normally should be closed. Sounds to me like they are getting longer, if anything.


  3. timetochooseagain said

    One thing that advocates seem to not understand is that the way snow fall will change depends on two factors, namely the changes in moisture (locally not just globally) and the changes in temperature. With them it’s either on or the other-which is fine, because there are situations where moisture is the limiting variable (Vancouver) and cold air is (Virginia). The only problem is that they tend to get these backwards. They’ll say there will be less snow in Vancouver because it will get warmer, but the snows in Virginia are proof of AGW. In high latitude, high elevation locations, warming would increase snowfall-assuming the supposed water vapor feedback, which is not completely proven-in the mid-latitudes it should decrease snowfall.

    So really, I don’t see how it can be argued that mountain snows are disappearing because of AGW, given that I’d expect their main dependence would be on precipitation.

  4. Genghis said

    I have been skiing and climbing throughout the Western US for over 30 years. I have seen winters that didn’t really happen and some that were great.

    The only real, consistent, determining factor that I have seen is the number and intensity of the storms and as far as I can tell that seems to be random. More storms equals a great year, less storms and the snowpack is terrible and drought conditions will prevail. Plus or minus 3 or so storms a season makes all the difference in the world.

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