Things are bad for the ski industry:
No snow: Mother Nature’s cruel blow
Unseasonably warm weather is keeping skiers off the slopes and putting pressure on the multimillion-dollar ski industry at popular tourist destinations around New Zealand.
Weather analysts expect snow to fall soon, but none of the main skifields – including Turoa and Whakapapa on Mt Ruapehu in the North Island and Mt Hutt, Coronet Peak and the Remarkables in the South Island – are open. …
Ski Areas Association spokesman Miles Davidson said 1.4 million people visited the country’s 25 skifields last year. “It’s huge for the economy, especially in regions like Canterbury, Southern Lakes and Ruapehu.
I’m sure that everyone sympathises, and hopes that the snows come soon. Even so I can’t help but feel that the headline is a little over the top. “Mother Nature’s cruel blow?”. Seems to me there’s a fairly strong case that humanity threw the first punch.