Worried that there won’t be enough snow for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, the Russian government is apparently asking “shamans” (whatever they are) to do whatever it is that shamans do to affect the weather and make it snow. A bit more intelligently, they also have snow-making machines.
As the Sochi Winter Olympics approach, Russian organizers are pulling out all the stops to generate snow in the drought-plagued mountains. Dozens of shamans have reportedly been asked to pray for powder to insure good conditions come February. But, if the snow gods don’t answer to the shamans, Russia has installed an enormous backup system, including more than 550 snow machines, according to reports from NPR…“If they do see a cold snap coming in, even if it’s only for a few hours, they can go ahead and start more than 100 machines and get the pumping plant going all within, say, a matter of minutes,” VanderKelen, of SMI Snowmakers, said.
Even if the shamans fail, and the snow machines don’t work, Sochi organizers have been saving snow under insulated blankets from last winter that can used at any time.
It’s a good idea to have a backup plan for the “shamans,” one that uses science instead of superstition.