You can’t ask for snow in winter: the season was disrupted in alpine ski resorts due to global warming

The ski season in the Alps was canceled due to abnormal heat.  Photo:

The ski season in the Alps was canceled due to abnormal heat. Photo:

The beginning of January turned out to be abnormally warm in Europe. In the Polish city of Korbielow, as well as in Warsaw, the thermometer showed +19°C – this temperature is more typical for April-May, but not January. A similar situation is in the Czech Javornik.

In Germany, temperature records were recorded at 950 weather stations. In Berlin, on New Year’s Eve, it was spring-like warm + 16 ° C. Northern Spain and southern France enjoyed beachy weather, with temperatures hovering around 25°C. Reuters.

Due to abnormal heat in Switzerland, ski slopes turned out to be without snow. Ski and snowboard enthusiasts who decided to spend time in the mountains were disappointed. Green grass was waiting for them on the tracks. Swiss meteorologists recorded +20°C. Because of this, some resorts in the northern Alps and the French Pyrenees were forced to temporarily close almost immediately after opening. In French Puy Saint-Vence complained that 95% of the slopes are not covered with a sufficient layer of snow.

The owners of chalets and hotels, to please ski lovers, poured small paths of artificial snow to create a semblance of winter. Other hoteliers have tried to engage tourists in other sports, such as opening alpine bike paths or organizing horseback riding.

However, the stalemate is not at all resorts. There is snow in the French department of Savoy, where such resorts as Val d’Isère and Courchevel are located, as well as in the Italian part of the Alps. Metrologists reassure that soon everyone who dreams of a real winter will be rewarded with heavy snowfall, which will begin at the beginning of this week.

– By the end of Monday in the Alps, between 20 and 40 cm is expected at altitudes above 1800 m, in places more than 50 cm. Most snow tends to fall at higher altitudes in the northern French Alps, says meteorologist Fraser Wilkin. – But this snowfall will probably not be enough to provide proper snow cover in the lower regions of the northwestern Alps, which have lost most or all of their snow to the heat.

Switzerland is warming twice as fast as other countries, according to a report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Analysts believe this is primarily due to the mountains, which trap heat. If in the period from 1991 to 2020 the average January temperature in the country was +5.8°C, then this year it is +7.4°C. However, climatologists note serious temperature changes throughout Europe. So last year, the average temperature for the summer and, in particular, for August were the highest on record. This provoked a drought, jeopardized the harvest and the normal functioning of the energy system.

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