As the chill of the holiday season approaches, everyone seems to be steeling themselves for yet another winter full of harsh storms and bad roads. But in Colorado, people can't wait for the snow to finally begin.
Colorado is typically mid-snow season in November, but the high temperature in Denver this week is expected to be 79 degrees Fahrenheit. For the ski resorts in the state, the shortage of snow is bad for business.
Over the weekend, four men in Steamboat Springs, Colorado stood on a popular street corner for two and half hours to protest the lack of winter precipitation. David Kulberg, Ben Ozzello, James Moon and Brian Sewell held up clever signs that read "Make Colorado Snow Again" and "Powder to the People."
"There's a lot of negativity in the world. And what we really need is to focus on the topics [that matter], and that's our season," the punny protesters told radio journalist Shannon Lukens. "We need more snow and less hate in this world. We gotta spread positivity."
A photo of the protest went viral with the hashtag #MakeColoradoSnowAgain.
While the protest against the lack of snow might be humorous in nature, it does draw attention to the serious complications of climate change. On Monday, the World Meteorological Organization announced that 2016 will very likely be the hottest year on record, with global temperatures approximately 2.16 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial levels.
And while 195 countries agreed to last year's Paris Climate Change Agreement, the role of the United States might be different with a new president. A leading climate change skeptic will be heading president-elect Donald Trump's EPA transition team.
In order for the U.S. to take the lead on climate change, there must be more public participation — including viral protests like that of Steamboat Springs, Colorado.