I flipped on the television last night to watch some of the early coverage of the Winter Olympics from Pyeongchang, Korea. While we were tuning in to watch some figure skating, something caught my ear that the sports announcer said during the evening. He mentioned that one of the ski event courses had been shortened due to wind. Ah, the impacts of weather revealing themselves already in the 2018 games. This is exactly why we invited U.S. Olympian Kaylin Richardson to join us in that discussion this week on Weather Geeks. She is an alpine ski racer that competed in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin and the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. And hands down, she may win the prize for the most scenic backdrop yet for a Weather Geeks guest.
Kaylin shares her stories and insights on how weather can impact the games, especially the Alpine events, her specialty. Every second counts, so knowing the ins and outs of weather’s role in the race is essential when forecasting for gold.
We also explore the prospects for future winter venues as some studies suggest that they may be limited due to changing climate. Kaylin definitely has some thoughts on that based on her own observations.
Join us for an all-new episode of Weather Geeks this weekend. The show always airs Sunday at Noon ET (11 am CT, 10 am MT, 9 am PT) on The Weather Channel.