Could Utah's highly variable climate impact winter sports?

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  • Barry Bickmore Orem, UT
    Aug. 16, 2012 8:24 a.m.

    Look, there will always be warm years and cool years, but if the average temperature is on the rise, then the warm years get warmer, and the cool years get warmer, too. A USU study recently showed that Utah gets 9% more of its precipitation as rain, rather than snow. So worries about how global warming is going to affect Utah's snowpack are not based on "one hot summer." Frankly, I don't see what's so difficult to understand about any of this. I suspect some people here aren't really trying to understand.

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    Aug. 12, 2012 10:18 a.m.

    Read the article, and didn't see any such thing as "global warming people coming out of the woodwork." Seems to me that most of the posts on here are so bent on opposing any global warming beliefs, that they are the ones coming out of the woodwork.

  • justamacguy Manti, UT
    Aug. 11, 2012 9:54 a.m.

    If global warming is killing skiing, then out of the last 5 years why have some of the resorts had their latest spring closings of any time. One doubt year does not a catastrophe make. Besides, do you think the Salt Lake car idling law is going to make a dent in the coal fired plants that China is bring on line every month to fuel their booming industry? Jobs and prosperity that we conveniently ship to them while our economy dies.

  • rmk South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 11, 2012 7:39 a.m.

    how soon we forget last years record snow fall and cold temps. The sky must be falling lets move to a cave and turn off all modern conveniences.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Aug. 11, 2012 3:42 a.m.

    It's about time this state get some common sense get involved with this issue. Utah has never been a stable state and the records and data is manipulated to create and image that is grossly in error and misleading. Utah has too many transplant skiers who forget that Utah is an ecologically established desert where annual rain is little to none with other resources even less.

    We have already seen the unstable weather we have with every year its monitored, even last season had a poor and late start that the industry in Utah never recovered from despite how much snow and flooding accumulated to late in the year. Not only do you have to consider the snowfall you have to consider the time-line of the season that is so variable.

    Most don't remember that in the 2002 games Utah taxpayers had to buy multimillion dollar snow making equipment and machines to supply skiers with snow, so its not such a good bet as most think. The snow making equipment was sold for minimal cost or gifted to ski companies after the games and they continue to use to supplement the weather since.

  • TCnewsie Tooele, UT
    Aug. 10, 2012 9:16 p.m.

    One hot summer and all the global warming people come out of the woodwork. I am not worried about snowfall when just last year we had record snow and flooding. There will be plenty of snow this winter!