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Why Are The Olympics So Warm?

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Why Are The Olympics So Warm? Location, Location, Location. When you think of the Winter Olympic Games you may not first think of beaches, palm trees and winter temperatures in the 60s. Unlike much of Russia's vast subarctic climate, Sochi lies in a humid subtropical climate along the Black Sea.

THE OLYMPIC VILLAGE FROM SPACE courtesy NASA

It's the mountains north of the city where the outside winter events are taking place. The mountains around Sochi, the Caucasus range, have one mountain over 18,000 feet tall.

SNOW CAPPED CAUCASUS MOUNTAIN RANGE SOCHI, RUSSIA

The elevation is the key to the snow and cold of these Olympic Games.

PALM TREES, OLYMPIC STDIUM, CAUCASUS MOUNTAIN RANGE

 courtesy Mikhail Metzel

Sochi is the warmest city to ever host the Winter Olympic Games with an average February high of nearly 50°. Thanks goodness the athletes are not there in August when the average highs are in the mid- 80s. Thanks to modern refrigeration, like the ice rink in your local mall, the most watch sporting games in the world can proceed despite the balmy conditions on the coast of the Black Sea.

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