Global Warming believers are getting a much-needed boost from above-freezing temperatures in the Black Sea beach resort of Sochi.
Athletes in Sochi for the Winter Olympiad are eating ice cream cones, palm trees are swaying in the breeze, Russia has stockpiled snow for the events, and the snow outside has melted, delaying the men’s halfpipe competition and ski jumpers’ practice.
Sochi is situated on the shore of the Black Sea, near the same latitude as Florence, Italy. The average high in Sochi in February is around 50 degrees and the average low is around 37. The temperature has gone as high as 61 degrees Fahrenheit during this year’s games.
Although Global Warming orthodoxy holds that weather is not climate, believers have decided to make an exception for the signs and portents coming from Sochi:
And it’s officially colder in Hong Kong than it is in Sochi right now, how about that for global warming?!— Tina V (@tinaa_marieeb) February 10, 2014
When, what, who can stop this anthropogenic global warming, soon the whole planet will be Sochi. http://t.co/s3NAp67nax— Barry Ickes (@barryickes) February 8, 2014
Many former Winter Olympic venues will soon be too warm, thanks to global warming. http://t.co/N8lnpzgaDQ— Ashley Perry (@apbldg) February 10, 2014
Thanks to global warming :( Sochi Could Be Too Warm to Host Olympics in 50 Years | LiveScience http://t.co/WikO7Oncj4— T C Leung (@t_leung) February 6, 2014
Global warming is entirely too real. Why is it over 60 degrees in Sochi?— Sister•Mary Cuprance (@VirginCupCakxxx) February 10, 2014
Some were worried long before the games began:
Sochi Stockpiling snow: Welcome to winter sport in the century of global warming- http://t.co/Jtz1QTLgvJ— Dylan Steele (@dylanrsteele) March 26, 2013
Global warming is closer then might seem! It can be Sochi 2014 volunteer nightmare, also.http://t.co/r1KTsUH3— Boris Shein (@blshein) January 12, 2013
Global warming is truly here: Sochi Organizers Have Been Stockpiling Snow http://t.co/vTjaPWsWX8— Anuj Goyal (@anuj_goyal) March 26, 2013
— Alec Torres is a William F. Buckley Fellow at the National Review Institute.