It seems that there may be another fly in the ointment of the forthcoming Winter Olympics, being held in Turin in the next fortnight, in addition to the worries over low ticket sales and strike action at airports.
There is a distinct lack of snow.
It has not snowed since late December in Sestriere, the venue for the skiing events, and despite extensive use of snowmaking machines, the International Ski Federation remains concerned.
The start point of the men's downhill race could be lowered by 10m as a result.
Given the fact that large parts of Europe are currently in the grip of the worst winter freeze since the 1940's, this is something of a blow.