Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A Snowless Winter Olympics!?

The 2010 Winter Olympics are feeling the affects of Old Man Winter's Canadian hiatus, and Mother Nature is surely not cooperating either.

As spring flowers bloom early and birds start to nest around balmy Vancouver, Olympic officials there have been forced to put snow emergency contingency plans into place.

Vancouver, the host city of the February 12 – 28 Winter Games, has barely seen any snow this winter and it's too warm to make man-made snow. So what now? Well, starting this week hundreds of chartered fleets of helicopters will be flying in thousands of tons of snow to area ski resorts. But with air temperatures hovering well above the freezing mark, how long will that snow last?

The last time a lack of snow forced a host city into such drastic action was in 1964, for the Games in Innsbruck, Austria. Olympics historians say the problems in Vancouver beg the question, 'Are we going to have to re-think where we put the Winter Olympics because of global warming?'

To put it into perspective, check out the above photo. Where's the snow!?! Doesn't look like the Winter Olympics to me!