Furano Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 15th January 2017

Furano Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:53am on Sunday 15th January 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Blue sky with scattered cloud
Base temp:
-14°C

Top temp:
-18°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
No Precipitation
wind condition
Calm
visibility condition
Excellent
This report
Sunday 15th January 2017, 8:53am
0cm
Saturday 14th January 2017, 10:44am 0cm
Friday 13th January 2017, 12:06pm 1cm
Thursday 12th January 2017, 9:58am 9cm
Wednesday 11th January 2017, 9:16am 10cm
Tuesday 10th January 2017, 10:09am 7cm
Monday 9th January 2017, 9:33am 3cm
Last 7 reports (total): 30cm
Last 14 reports (total): 38cm
Current month (January 2017) total: 38cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 326cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:53am on Sunday 15th January 2017
The latest Furano Now report can be found here

It is another cold start to the day and very much a repeat of yesterday with beautiful clear conditions. Blue sky is the key word, with a scattering of cloud. The sun is out and shining strong, and if you are in the suns rays it will definitely take the sting out of the cold. Unfortunately there is no new snow to report, but with these cold temperatures the powder on the mountain is being kept in great condition. Being a Sunday there will be a few more people on the mountain than yesterday. There should be a little bit of snow overnight and tomorrow with temperatures being milder than over the last few days.

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Oh no, it’s another general message from SnowJapan!

Apologies for taking up space on the reports again, but we have had a few people asking why our reports don’t appear much earlier in a morning. It’s a fair question and I’ll try to answer it. There are a few reasons...

First, it seems necessary to point out that we are not a ski resort and our reports are not official ski resort reports. Some people seem to think (or just presume) these things. If we owned and operated a ski resort, I’m fairly certain that we would make it a high priority to post updates as early as possible each morning - how much new snow at top and at base, snow depth, conditions. We’d also be sure to have multiple and meaningful webcams pointing out to locations around the resort. But we’re not official ski resorts/reports.

These things are what ski resorts should ideally be doing, right?

It varies, but a fair number of Japanese ski resorts only post their morning updates after 8am - and sometimes later. If we (SnowJapan) posted our reports earlier than we currently do, we would often miss important information - like news of how much fresh snow ski resorts are reporting, news of any early morning lift disruption at the start of the day, etc. We would often be missing that kind of information.

We like to think of our reports as a season-long ongoing commentary, rather than simply an early morning report for people who are going to be queuing for the first lift of the day. And after all, people who are lucky enough to already be at a ski resort and hitting the first lifts can get a good idea of weather conditions by taking a look outside of the window when they get up.

If we posted our reports just for the benefit of those people, the reports would not be as good or detailed as they are. We feel that our way makes for better all-round reports.

In addition, there’s also the people who post the reports and their circumstances to consider. They probably need some coffee and toast before posting, they may need to dig themselves out of their home, they may need to see to other complexities life throws at them. And - some of the reports in particular - take much longer than just a few minutes to put together each morning.

For a bit more on that kind of thing, please refer to my previous message. It can be found here:

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Archive report: Posted at 8:53am on Sunday 15th January 2017
The latest Furano Now report can be found here

Furano Now ski lift operation notes:

Lift operation times are expected to be...

FURANO ZONE
Furano Ropeway 8:30am-15:30pm.
Furano Downhill Romance #2 chairlift 8:45am-15:30pm.
Furano Downhill Romance #3 chairlift 9:00am-15:30pm.
Prince Romance chairlift 8:30am-16:30pm.
Downhill Swift Lift #1 9:00am-19:30pm

KITANOMINE ZONE
Kitanomine Gondola 9:00am-15:30pm
Kitanomine Swift Lift #1 8:30am-19:30pm.
Kitanomine Romance Lift #2 8:45am-15:30pm.
Link Lift 9:00am-15:40pm

(Actual operation and times may change without notification and be different from the above information).

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 15th January 2017
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Furano Now reports up until Sunday 15th January 2017
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Furano Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 15th January 2017
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Furano Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2016/2017
*as of Sunday 15th January 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
15th January 0cm 0cm 0cm
14th January 0cm 11cm 0cm
13th January 1cm 1cm 2cm
12th January 9cm 5cm 2cm
11th January 10cm 9cm 3cm
10th January 7cm 5cm 10cm
9th January 3cm 11cm 5cm
Previous 7 days total 30cm 42cm 22cm
Previous 14 days total 38cm 143cm 74cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 77cm 15cm
December observed snowfall total 178cm 295cm 123cm
January observed snowfall total 38cm 187cm 122cm
February observed snowfall total - 178cm 58cm
March observed snowfall total - 83cm 70cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 2cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 326cm 835cm 390cm
Furano Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 15th January 2017
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Furano Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - 110cm
[110cm]
178cm
[288cm]
38cm
[326cm]
- - - -
2015/2016 season 15cm
[15cm]
77cm
[92cm]
295cm
[387cm]
187cm
[574cm]
178cm
[752cm]
83cm
[835cm]
0cm
[835cm]
0cm
[835cm]
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
15cm
[15cm]
123cm
[138cm]
122cm
[260cm]
58cm
[318cm]
70cm
[388cm]
2cm
[390cm]
0cm
[390cm]
2013/2014 season - 30cm
[30cm]
155cm
[185cm]
174cm
[359cm]
92cm
[451cm]
105cm
[556cm]
35cm
[591cm]
0cm
[591cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
69cm
[69cm]
162cm
[231cm]
130cm
[361cm]
152cm
[513cm]
219cm
[732cm]
19cm
[751cm]
0cm
[751cm]
  October November December January February March April May
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