Two years after the Los Angeles Times predicted the end of snow in California, I stood outside in a hailstorm as my daughter giggled and tasted the little pieces of ice falling on her pink jacket.
We were not up north, but in Los Angeles where colorful trumpet vines drape across walls all through the winter and jackets normally might as well be fossils. But on Friday, snow had fallen on the Hollywood sign and dusted homes in the Hollywood Hills. On Saturday, hail was falling not all that far from the ocean so that my daughter got her first taste of the real thing.
Higher up, California children who had never seen snow were building their first snowmen.
“A ‘no snow’ California could come sooner than you think,” the Los Angeles Times warned in 2021. That fall, it reported that, “Tahoe ski resort opens early after massive snowstorm.”
Now it’s struggling to describe how “snow in L.A. feels like an amazing reprieve from climate change” and whining that, “California needs rain and snow — but can we handle this?”
California can handle it, the LA Times and climate change chicken littles may not be able to.
In early February, the U.S. ski team announced that they would be wearing race suits with pictures of chunks of ice to bring attention to how silly they look and to global warming.
“I’m just worried about a future where there’s no more snow. And without snow, there’s no more skiing,” complained Travis Ganong.
Travis needn’t worry too hard. Lake Tahoe is under a blizzard warning with 5 feet of snow expected to fall. Local social media is filled with videos of cars skidding in the snow and people have already been killed in a medivac flight. The skier knows that perfectly well since last year he was alternating ‘end of snow’ nonsense with weather reports of massive snow in the area.
Mammoth is swamped with skiers and has officially extended its season to Memorial Day with possible skiing in July. The future of “no more snow” has been pushed back to August.
Travis was one of a number of skiers to sign a letter to the Ski and Snowboard Federation urging it to use its “political power” to “speak up, show real commitment and take a stance on the climate crisis.” The Californian apparently did this while skiing 6,000 miles away in Austria.
If ski resorts and skiers really believed that “carbon emissions” are destroying the planet, they’d stay home and shut down. Or they could go on with their lifestyles while demanding that commuting to work or heating our homes should be priced out of the reach of ordinary people.
The ski race suit stunt is the work of Protect Our Winters which tried to push this narrative last year and failed just as humiliatingly when Vail Mountain announced its longest continuous season and even Denver broke weather records for the coldest temperature in 109 years.
In 2019, ski trade groups announced that they were banding together as the Outdoor Business Climate Partnership to fight global warming.
“As an industry, we can make an impact through advocacy, innovation, and collaboration with the legislature, guests, and other industries,” Mike Reitzell, president of Ski California, argued. “Climate action requires the effort of many, not the few.”
Mike has a different problem now.
“Southern California roads are not used to that amount of snow, so it’s certainly going to take more time to clear,” he complained. “This is probably going to be one of the best marches in Southern California history when it comes to skiing and snowboarding. But with that certainly comes with its challenges.”
Climate action doesn’t require anyone’s effort because nothing we do will change the weather, but shoveling snow and clearing roads: that really does require everyone’s effort.
One resort warned of a “monster storm” and urged people “to stay put until this storm’s over.”
Beyond California, Arizona is enjoying 200% above average snowpacks. Flagstaff’s ski resorts have been so packed that cars are crashing on the I-40 as people are struggling to reach them. The area just had its third biggest snowfall since 1949.
Five years ago, Flagstaff had enacted its Climate Action and Adaptation Plan. Like most socialist projects, it was a five-year-plan. And five years later it’s a farce.
“Winter helps give Flagstaff an identity. What happens when it’s not so wintry?” the Arizona Republic had asked, moaning that, “as the effects of climate change intensify, Flagstaff’s snow-covered natural winters have started to melt”.
The real question is what happens when the narratives start to melt?
“Can climate change affect Utah’s chance for Winter Games return?” the media asked last month. That question has been answered, but ‘warmunists’ never take yes for an answer.
Protect Our Winters is busy fighting Project Willow, an Alaska drilling project backed by local Eskimo tribes, that would create thousands of jobs and make it more affordable for those tens of millions of Americans who aren’t champion skiers or own ski resorts to afford to fill their cars.
The snow, which like the polar bears, the land, the rivers, and all the things that ecohoaxers claim are in short supply, is plentiful. And there’s even hail falling on Los Angeles. But no amount of inconvenient truths will ever deter the special interests who claim to want to save the planet, but only intend to make themselves wealthy by taking away everything we have.
The same G-d who can make hail fall in Southern California has blessed us with an enormous bounty and has a knack for making a mockery of those who think they can control the weather.
Last year, Hollywood spent over $100 million on ‘Don’t Look Up’, a hamfisted satire starring Leonardo DiCaprio, the prince of private jets, about a society that is so apathetic that it refuses to see the climate disaster right overhead. The movie failed badly. But on Friday, the industry’s principal talent could look up and watch as snow fell on their roofs and on the Hollywood sign.