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NY Times Op-Ed on 'End of Snow' Dug Out Along With Buried Big Apple

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In the wake of Winter Storm Jonas, sanitation crews remove mountains of snow in New York City, NY. (Photo by Albin Lohr-Jones/Sipa via AP)

By    |   Monday, 25 Jan 2016 05:55 PM

A 2014 op-ed published in the New York Times that fretted over a future ski industry without snow due to global warming is being dusted off as New York City recovers after experiencing its largest single-day snowfall in recorded history on Saturday.

"The [National] Weather Service recorded 26.8 inches in Central Park, missing a record by one-tenth of an inch," the Times reports. "But Saturday's total of 26.6 inches was a record for a single day (the other 0.2 inches fell on Friday)."

Yet two years ago, Porter Fox, features editor of the skiing publication Powder magazine, agonized in the very same Times over the coming "end of snow."

"Europe has lost half of its Alpine glacial ice since the 1850s, and if climate change is not reined in, two-thirds of European ski resorts will be likely to close by 2100," Fox wrote in an opinion piece published on Feb. 7, 2014.

"The same could happen in the United States, where in the Northeast, more than half of the 103 ski resorts may no longer be viable in 30 years because of warmer winters."

Bluntly warning that "[t]he planet is getting hotter" and that "[s]now melts above 32 degrees Fahrenheit," Fox nostalgically yearned for great accumulations.

"To a skier, snowboarder or anyone who has spent time in the mountains, the idea of brown peaks in midwinter is surreal," he wrote. "Poets write of the grace and beauty by which snowflakes descend and transform a landscape."

This past weekend, snowboarders didn't have to head for the mountains; they were boarding right through the mostly abandoned streets of downtown New York.

Fox will likely be undeterred by the East Coast blizzard. Despite the fact that the Boston Globe reported last winter that "[a]s of March 4, 105.7 inches of snow had been recorded in Boston, the second-snowiest season ever recorded," he wrote just last month in a Powder magazine column in support of the Paris World Climate Summit that:

"By 2050, spring snowpack in the Sierra Nevada and Cascades is projected to decrease 40 to 70 percent and half of the 103 resorts in the Northeast are expected to close in the next 30 years due to warmer temperatures…."

His two-year-old Times' column was brought up again following the weekend whiteout.

"I wonder how many people will remember this. February 7, 2014, two years ago coming up on two years ago, the headline, New York Times: 'The End of Snow?' talk radio host Rush Limbaugh said on his Monday show.

"Fox isn't the first to warn about the demise of snow. Scientists and activists have been predicting for the last 16 years that snowfall would rapidly decline and virtually disappear as the Earth warmed due to man-made carbon dioxide emissions being put into the atmosphere," the Daily Caller's Michael Bastasch observed.

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A 2014 op-ed published in the New York Times that fretted over a future ski industry without snow due to global warming is being dusted off as New York City recovers after experiencing its largest single-day snowfall in recorded history on Saturday.
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