The Sochi Olympics' Snow Problem
Yesterday marked the one-year mark until the winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, the country’s major opportunity to show its modern self to the world. Only one problem: snow, or not enough of it. Exactly 365 days before the games begin, the temperature in Sochi yesterday barely topped freezing. Earlier this week, it was reportedly as high as 60˚F (15.5˚C).
In some ways, that’s normal. Sochi has a humid subtropical climate with warm temperatures that generally hover just about 32˚ to 42˚F (0 to 6˚C). Usually, there’s considerable snow in the Western Caucasus behind Sochi. But when the country’s Olympics officials led a group of journalists to tour the unfinished Olympic facilities this week, skiers and snowboards were coming off