It's much more severe, however, in China, where the worst blizzards in 50 years have killed over 50 people, stranded hundreds of thousands of travelers, destroyed homes and crops, and caused widespread power blackouts that forced the Chinese premier to apologize.
However, the Alcolytes are preparing to sacrifice a goat to the God of the Boiling Planet on Thursday. According to yesterday's Moscow-Pullman Daily News:
University of Idaho professor Bruce Haglund believes global climate change is more of an issue than people give it credit.The weather forecast is calling for 5-12 inches of new snow on Thursday...
"Ninety-nine percent of scientists agree that it's happening," Haglund said. "They've been telling us this since the mid-1980s, and now we're seeing some of the more extreme consequences."
To bring attention to the issue, the UI chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students will take part in an event titled "Focus the Nation" on Wednesday and Thursday. Students and residents will be informed about the problems associated with carbon dioxide emissions from buildings and presented with viable solutions.
UPDATE: From the Janaury 30, 2008 edition of the Moscow-Pullman Daily News:
The snowpack on the Palouse is the highest it's been in years, and it's about to get worse.
Meteorologist John Livingston with the National Weather Service in Spokane said a winter storm warning has been issued for a storm that could bring 4-8 more inches of snow.
The storm should start today between 8 p.m. and midnight and continue through Thursday, Livingston said. There also will be 15-20 mph winds with some gusts up to 30 mph.
Another storm is expected Saturday, but it's unclear how much snow it will bring, he said. It will likely be less severe than Thursday's storm.
Livingston said there is about 18-30 inches of snowpack in Latah County lowlands, including the 8 inches that fell during the weekend.
He said it is the most snow on the ground since the winter of 1996-1997.