DiCaprio Cites Extremely Common Alberta Weather Phenomenon as a Symptom of Climate Change

 
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“Is it warm, here?”

Oh, Leo. Bless his little heart. In a industry interview for his recent movie, The Revenant — which was filmed near Calgary, Alberta — DiCaprio discussed his horror when he experienced a warm wind blowing across the frosty landscape.

“We were in Calgary and the locals were saying, ‘This has never happened in our province ever.’ We would come and there would be eight feet of snow, and then all of a sudden a warm gust of wind would come … it was scary. I’ve never experienced something so firsthand that was so dramatic. You see the fragility of nature and how easily things can be completely transformed with just a few degrees difference. It’s terrifying, and it’s what people are talking about all over the world. And it’s simply just going to get worse.”

Chinook_windI wonder which “locals” said that to him, because the phenomenon Dicaprio experienced was merely a Chinook wind, which are extremely common in southern Alberta (also in Montana). The Chinooks are, arguably, a big reason why settlers decided to settle in southern Alberta in the first place, since it provided them with a periodic respite from the long Canadian winter.

Here’s a description of the phenomenon from 115 years ago:

Those who have not the warm, invigorating chinook winds of this country, cannot well comprehend what a blessing they are. The icy clutch of winter is lessened, the earth throws off its winding sheet of snow. Humanity ventures forth to inhale the balmy spring like air. Animated nature rejoices.

According to Wikipedia, Chinook winds have been observed to raise winter temperature, often from below -20°C (-4°F) to as high as 10-20°C (50-68°F) for a few hours or days, then temperatures plummet to their base levels. The greatest recorded temperature change in 24 hours was caused by Chinook winds on January 15, 1972, in Loma, Montana; the temperature rose from -48 to 9°C (-54 to 48°F).

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  1. Weeping Inactive
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    EJHill:So, one Canadian says to the other Canadian, “Watch this…”

    Or the local was someone who had moved there during the summer.

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  2. Mark Wilson Member
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    DrewInWisconsin: Biggest perpetrator of this fearmongering: The Weather Channel. They need a competitor.

    Unfortunately I think a competitor would only make the problem worse (cf. cable news)!

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  3. Misthiocracy Member
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    Weeping:

    EJHill:So, one Canadian says to the other Canadian, “Watch this…”

    Or the local was someone who had moved there during the summer.

    Or, the “local” might have been a Canadian not actually from southern Alberta. I wager that a big-budget Hollywood movie would probably import its crew from Vancouver or Toronto.

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  4. Mark Wilson Member
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    DrewInWisconsin: I remember when I used to be able to get Joe Soucheray’s radio show out of the Twin Cities, and whenever the weather guy would come in with the forecast, he would wind up the segment by saying “More proof of global warming!” No matter what the weather was.

    Love that show.  Eventually he changed it to “More proof of you-know-what”.  He dropped the bit eventually.

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  5. Casey Inactive
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    Misthiocracy: I wager that a big-budget Hollywood movie would probably import its crew from Vancouver or Toronto.

    So he was Pakistani?

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  6. Misthiocracy Member
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    Casey:

    Misthiocracy: I wager that a big-budget Hollywood movie would probably import its crew from Vancouver or Toronto.

    So he was Pakistani?

    Nah, just hipster.

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  7. drlorentz Member
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    ‘Round these parts we call those mountain winds ‘Santa Anas.’ Every part of the world has those. What’s even more inexcusable about Mr DiCaprio’s foolishness is that he has doubtless heard of Santa Ana winds and has probably experienced them many times.

    You can’t fix stupid.

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  8. Misthiocracy Member
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    drlorentz:‘Round these parts we call those mountain winds ‘Santa Anas.’Every part of the world has those. What’s even more inexcusable about Mr DiCaprio’s foolishness is that he has doubtless heard of Santa Ana winds and has probably experienced them many times.

    You can’t fix stupid.

    Tell that to a veterinarian.

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  9. Brian McMenomy Inactive
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    Leo lives in a bubble, so he probably thinks Airdrie is what he uses to dry his hair after a dip in the river.

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  10. Brian McMenomy Inactive
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    drlorentz:‘Round these parts we call those mountain winds ‘Santa Anas.’Every part of the world has those. What’s even more inexcusable about Mr DiCaprio’s foolishness is that he has doubtless heard of Santa Ana winds and has probably experienced them many times.

    You can’t fix stupid.

    No, Leo just thinks Santa Anas cause fires near his place in Malibu every fall.  It’s a magical force that sets the hillside ablaze.

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  11. Funeral Guy Inactive
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    Celebrity wets pants over scary, warm wind.

    Film at 11.

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  12. RightAngles Member
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    This made my day hahahaha. Thanks, Misthiocracy.

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