(Forecast for 3-5 in Concord Wednesday but we need more than that!)
Climate change has a direct economic impact on the state of New Hampshire.
Coming off of the warmest year on record, and an unseasonably warm January, the small businesses that depend on winter tourism and snow related service and maintenance are suffering for a second year in a row.
What does cold weather and snow add to New Hampshire?
- According to the New Hampshire Snowmobile Association snowmobiler spending was nearly $1.2 billion during the 2002-2003 season (latest figures on their website )
- An economic impact study conducted after the 2009/10 season showed a total of $910 million dollars spent by guests visiting NH ski areas. Of that total, only 12% was spent directly at ski areas, with the remaining 88% spent on ski visit-related expenses such as lodging, restaurants, gas, tolls, retail, and other.
- All the “Plow Guys” and the guys that fix the “Plow Guys” trucks and snowblowers are economically impacted by a lack of snow and cold. (I could not find a PlowGuy trade group…)
So while one might think it’s nice to be able to go for a 40° lunch time stroll in January, but while you stroll, might I suggest you contemplate the real economic impact climate change is having on our economy and your neighbors?