Climate Impacts on the Winter Tourism Economy in the United States

December 19, 2012

We have all witnessed the extreme weather events in recent years, often in our own backyards. Extreme weather has damaged homes and ended lives. For the winter season there have been all-or-nothing winters—blizzards in some places, only a dusting all season-long in others. These radically divergent weather patterns have been unsettling to those who mark the seasons’ change in the great outdoors. For those whose livelihood depends upon a predictable winter season, such unpredictability and lack of snow can translate into a precipitous fall in revenue, an early economic indicator of what climate change looks like.