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Who’s Up For Another “Schoolkids Won’t Know What Snow Looks Like” Prognostication?

Saturday, March 11, 2017 9:27
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If you remember, way back in 2000 The UK Independent ran a screed which proclaimed “Children just aren’t going to know what snow is.” This has led to lots and lots of well deserved mockery. Of course, they disappeared the article, which was, fortunately, preserved at Watts Up With That?. And, there have been plenty of other end of snow scaremongering articles since. Here’s another, via Watts Up With That?, from those crazy Special Snowflakes at UCLA

Climate change puts California’s snowpack in jeopardy in future droughts

UCLA research shows how warming trends affect the Sierra Nevada now and in the future

Belinda Waymouth | March 09, 2017

Skiing in July? It could happen this year, but California’s days of bountiful snow are numbered.

After five years of drought and water restrictions, the state is reeling from its wettest winter in two decades. Moisture-laden storms have turned brown hillsides a lush green and state reservoirs are overflowing. There’s so much snow, Mammoth Mountain resort plans to be open for business on Fourth of July weekend.

But, still, future doom

The Sierra Nevada snowpack, which provides 60 percent of the state’s water via a vast network of dams and reservoirs, has already been diminished by human-induced climate change and if emissions levels aren’t reduced, the snowpack could largely disappear during droughts, according to findings in the study published today in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. (snip)

“Seeing a reduction of a quarter of the entire snowpack right now — not 20, 30 or 40 years from now — was really surprising. It was almost as if 2015 was the new 2050 in terms of the impacts we were expecting to see,” said Berg, who is a scientist at RAND Corp.

It’s always dangerous for the Cult of Climastrology to make prognostications, because they oh so rarely come to fruition. Which is why they tend to look to 2050 and 2100, when most will have forgotten. As Eric Worrell writes at WUWT

Climate scientists regularly embarrass themselves with “end of snow” predictions, because they are an inevitable consequence of the “projections” (don’t say predictions) of their runaway climate models.

I call them prognostications, like the things you get from carnival palm readers

“End of snow” is one of the funniest and most revealing manifestations of this silliness, though at least some scientists appear to have learned from previous red faces to put the date of their predictions well into the future, presumably so they will never have to answer for their accuracy.

I disagree. The funniest part is their stammering, then blocking you on Twitter, when you ask them why they do not practice what they preach. The snowfall thing is definitely top 5.


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