15 years after Dr Viner embarrassed the British Climate Research Unit, Griffith University in Australia has just joined the slowly growing list of academic institutions which have predicted the “end of snow”.
According to ABC Australia;
Research conducted by Griffith University’s Environmental Futures Research Institute has warned that snow regions in Australia must adapt to warmer conditions caused by climate change, that is increasingly turning the alpine landscape from white to green.
Study co-author Professor Catherine Pickering said the current trends did not look promising and good years like the recent snow dump had become less frequent.
“The snow cover in the Australian alps is declining and it has declined a lot since 1954 when there was the longest snow course on record,” she said.
“We have found that it was originally a 30 per cent decline and now the latest data indicates we have got to a 40 per cent decline over that period.
“We used to have a couple of really big years when we had a lot of snow but that is no longer the case. Now, what used to be a not so great year, that is what we think of as a good year.”
However, the ABC article also quotes the president of the Canberra Alpine Club, who has a different opinion.
… Canberra Alpine Club president Lloyd Meehan said snow lovers were content with the current weather conditions and snow levels.
Mr Meehan said he believes while weather patterns changed over time, the decline was not consistent.
“The scientists will tell us that perhaps when you are looking at pure statistical data, there has been a gradual decline,” he said.
“But like many sports, from one year to the next it is a bit hard to actually guess what sort of snow depth we are going to get.
“One year you will get a poor one, the next year – like two years ago – you get quite good ones.”
For the record, the Australian snow season this year had a poor start, but the last week especially has seen massive snowfalls across Australia’s Eastern ranges, stretching up to the subtropical southern edge of the Australian state of Queensland.
If there is one thing above all else, which flags just how ridiculously wrong climate models are, and how desperate academics are for observations to agree with their broken models, its the academically embarrassing “end of snow” prediction.