Winter heatwave leaves ski resorts with no snow •

Winter heatwave leaves ski resorts with no snow

Today’s Image of the Day from the European Space Agency features the Alps and the Pyrenees mountains, where ski resorts are lacking snow after an intense winter heatwave in Europe. 

“The warm temperatures and lack of snowfall in the Alps and the Pyrenees has left several ski resorts with little or no snow,” says ESA. “The difference in snow cover is visible in these Copernicus Sentinel-2 images captured in January 2022 compared to January 2023 which shows the Flims, Laax and Falera ski resorts in Switzerland.”

“According to the World Meteorological Organization, a high-pressure zone over the Mediterranean region and an Atlantic low-pressure system induced a strong southwest flux that brought warm air from northwest Africa to the middle latitudes. The air was further warmed when passing the North Atlantic owing to higher-than-normal sea surface temperatures.”

The winter heatwave arrived just months after Europe experienced its hottest summer on record in 2022.

Image Credit: ESA 

By Chrissy Sexton, Editor

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