Snow forecast for the alps winter 2019 electricity youtube billy elliot

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What does winter 2019 have in store? Style Altitude looks at snow predictions, snow stats and snow farming. Plus 6 tips for snow sure Alpine ski holidays 2019 If the ant hills were high in the Alps, in July, and the first week in August was unusually warm, then you can start waxing your powder skis because we’re in for another snowy winter…

A mountain guide we know is biblical in his prophesy for seven ‘lean’ winters to follow an epic one. If you need a snow-blower to clear your chalet drive in the Alps, he advises, then wait another year or two because, following last winter’s road-blocking snowfalls, there will be a few snow-challenged seasons meaning you’ll pick one up for next to nothing because they’ll have become redundant. What’s In Store

This winter, though, some resorts in the Alps had plenty of snow in store for us. Literally. Courchevel is one of several resorts that has started snow farming, stockpiling last season’s snow under tauplin and insulation panels and keeping it ‘on ice’ for next winter. electricity vocabulary In this way, they’re already ahead for the new season with 15,000 cubic metres of last winter’s snow ready to create a base.

Then, of course, there’s artificial snow to go on top of the old snow, which in times of snow drought might save the ski resorts but not the planet. gas and water mix The cost of artificial snow in Tignes with its 355 guns has increased by 30 percent in six years, which means more snow sure pistes but bigger bills for water and electricity and, ultimately, a bigger price of global warming. Snow, Ski, Repeat?

Spreading last year’s snow and/or producing artificial snow from cannons may help the pistes but it isn’t going to cut it for this winter’s powderhounds. However good a base it creates, every stormrider has been hitting the weather forecasting sites for the Allps such as We Powder from the first snowflake in late October hoping for enough fresh to open the lifts ahead of schedule. There’s already a pretty good base in the Southern Alps and, by the first weekend in December, storms are predicted to nuke the North. However, as a matter of statistical interest, early snow in the Alps doesn’t necessarily herald a particularly snowy winter.

We’ve trawled weather sites to find significant patterns for snow in the Alps that might give us a heads up for winter 2018-19 but the only striking fact from all the historical data is the seemingly randomness of snowfall. Only in one analysis of snow in the Swiss Alps from 1931-1999 is it noted, ‘Winters with much or little snow are seldom grouped together and in every second case after a year with below-average snow follows a year with above-average snow’.

On 19th November, the chance of an El Nino effect between now and the official start of winter on 21st December was upgraded to 80 per cent from 70-75 percent according to NOAA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In mid-October NOAA’s Climate Prediction Centre forecast was for a mild winter for much of the United States for December through February with above-average temperatures most likely across the northern and western USA, Alaska and Hawaii. Above average temperatures from a moderate El Nino can mean more precipitation and good snow at high levels across the States. gas efficient suv 2008 And for many the snow’s already arrived with resorts from Killington to Mammoth open by mid-November and more lifts cranked up for the Thanksgiving weekend. For Colorado, with end of November snow storms, it’s like Christmas already.

The jury’s out when it comes to predicting whether El Nino, the periodic warming of the sea surface temperature in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific, has any actual effect and measurable impact on snowfall in Europe. Some say it could be colder in the Alps. Others that it could be drier. The jury will let you know for sure sometime around January 2019.

Global warming, though, doesn’t necessarily mean a rise in temperatures. grade 6 science electricity test Preversely it can create colder as well as less stable conditions. There has even been a mini ice age predicted after a recent survey discovered that water currents in the North Atlantic have ‘dramatically weakened.’and are at their lowest for 1,500 years. HIghly Concerned or High Fives?

According to Snow Forecast, Val d’Isere enjoyed 8.89m of snow, more than half as much again as its five year averages of 5.5m. Following 65 powder days during the season, Val d’Isere had a ‘re-opening’ of non-glacier pistes and lifts in June for the first time in its 82 year history. electricity test physics Meanwhile, Zermatt had so much snow it had to close access because of extreme avalanche danger to road and rail routes, declaring that it was the most snow they’d had since the 1940s.

And, however snowy, the Alps were actually not as cold as past winters. Yes it was, ‘a winter in the mountains worthy of the 70s,’ according to Serge Taboulot, Météo France, although he continues, ‘The winter started at the end of November and did not finish until the end of March, but all with a certain "softness" compared to a normal winter, it is well in the general context of the warming of temperatures.’

And, although 2018’s summer heatwave may have been good news for European summer beach resorts, it hasn’t done the winter mountain skiing ones any favours. The Aletsch Glacier in Switzerland is having a meltdown, literally. gas vs electric dryer Following this summer’s blistering hot temperatures, the ice is disappearing at a rate of 10cm a day. As much as 3 percent of the Aletsch is estimated to have melted this year in the heat at a rate of 90,000 litres a second at the Konkordiaplatz, south of the 4158m Jungfrau where the main part of the glacier originates. Long Term Outlook

OK don’t put your fingers in your ears because disappearing glaciers are an ominous sign for the future of skiing in the Alps. If temperatures rise more than two degrees Celsius by the end of this century as predicted unless action is taken to cut greenhouse gas emissions, then the amount of snow fall in the winter could be reduced by 70 percent.

Yeah, I know, your eyes glazed over there. Of course, if you’re on your one week’s ski holiday all you really care about is having great snow and perfect powder and, if the temperatures are slightly warmer then, hey, a goggle tan is surely a bonus? And, anyway, what are you going to do? Boycott ski resorts that use fossil fuel? Cycle to the Alps to reduce your carbon footprint? The Way Forward

If you want to join a cause, though, Protect Our Winters (check out our Style Altitude interview) is spreading its network, with nine European POW centres including France, Switzerland, Austria and the UK, increasing awareness of climate change and tightening the pressure on resorts to clean up or give up and become adventure parks when the snow runs out. But if we act to keep global warming below two degrees Celsius, we can limit it to ‘only’ 30 percent loss of snow pack, instead of the 70 percent predicted.

Choose a higher resort with skiing above 3000m for snow cover that’s a safe bet and/or with a glacier. For instance, Meribel (highest lift 3410m), Tignes /Val d’Isere (highest lift 3456m) or La Plagne (highest lift 3250m). There are ski holiday companies who specialise in high altitude resorts such as Mark Warner who offer Tignes, Val d’Isere, La Plagne plus St Anton in Austria which averages 11 metres of snow throughout the winter. Val d’Isere has the largest artificial snowmaking facilities in Europe with 900 snow cannons, another plus for snow sure skiing (if not the environment!) – and being higher it’s colder and all the better for snowmaking if temperatures are unseasonably warm. 2) FACE NORTH

So you booked a year in advance, your resort is low down, south-facing AND there’s a snow drought. What are you going to do? Take your mountain bike? Cancel the holiday? No need if you booked with Alpine Elements who get our vote for offering Snow Assurance, the promise to change your resort in the Alps if there isn’t enough snow or bus you to another resort with more lifts open. 5) DRIVE OUT

If the lifts are closed because of lack of snow, then put on your skins and go find the snow for yourself. And, even if the temperatures ARE warmer than average in mid-winter, the good news is that, so long as it’s freezing overnight, you’ll find classic spring snow. You’re always going to find somewhere for ski touring whatever the snow conditions especially if you took Tip 5. gas natural inc Also, thinking really positively, there’s the fact that you’re not using lifts creating a carbon footprint, just a ski touring track in the snow.