Madarao Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 24th January 2018

Madarao Now (Archive Report)

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Madarao Kogen (Nagano), Japan
ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:44am on Wednesday 24th January 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow currently
wind condition
Light
visibility condition
Fair
This report
Wednesday 24th January 2018, 8:44am
19cm
Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 8:39am 7cm
Monday 22nd January 2018, 8:20am 8cm
Sunday 21st January 2018, 8:45am 0cm
Saturday 20th January 2018, 8:39am 0cm
Friday 19th January 2018, 8:45am 3cm
Thursday 18th January 2018, 8:02am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 37cm
Last 14 reports (total): 76cm
Current month (January 2018) total: 163cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 503cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:44am on Wednesday 24th January 2018
The latest Madarao Now report can be found here

Good morning.

Nice snow falling last night and there's a good fresh layer of snow outside this morning - close on 20cm - with more lined up over the coming days.

Hopefully heavier still ahead of us; though with the quality of snow remaining light and powdery of course.

It's good and cold this morning so wrap up well and get out there to enjoy it. Just light snow for the moment and visibility looks fairly decent. Is that even a bit of sunshine peeking through? (Personally I'd prefer full on heavy snow).

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About the volcanic eruption at Kusatsu-Shirane-san in Gunma Prefecture on 23rd January 2018

As you may have heard, yesterday morning there was a limited volcanic eruption followed by an avalanche in western Gunma Prefecture, close to the border with northern Nagano Prefecture. The eruption at Motoshirane happened close to the more famous Kusatsu-Shirane-san - and also the slopes of the Kusatsu Kokusai ski resort. Around 80 skiers were evacuated to an area near the upper area of Kusatsu-Shirane with some trapped in the gondola and on lifts for a while.

Very sadly, as a result of this event there was one fatality and a number of injuries, apparently due to flying rocks and the avalanche. As far as we can tell there have been no further eruptions since yesterday morning.

Our thoughts are with everyone involved and caught up in this.

This incident made the international news with some people visiting Japan asking if their ski resort will be safe, and so we thought we would add this information to our daily reports this morning.

The only ski resort affected by this event is Kusatsu Kokusai in Gunma Prefecture.

It is currently unclear how this will affect the top area of the resort, but it seems that the lower slopes of Kusatsu Kokusai will remain open today – those slopes are quite a distance from the affected area. (And perhaps this is a good example of how Japanese people are used to living with the threat of earthquakes and volcanos!)

The ski resorts in Shiga Kogen (Nagano) and Manza Onsen (Gunma) are the other closest ski resorts, but they are outside of the 2km restricted area -- and are unaffected.

And of course, ski resorts that are further away than that are also totally unaffected.

The central part of Kusatsu town itself is about 7km away from the volcano and so also unaffected.

We hope this information helps.

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Official snow depth:
180cm

Operating lifts:

Number 1 lift
Number 2 quad lift
Number 3A lift
Super quad lift
Number 11 lift
Number 12 lift
Number 13 lift
Number 15 lift

Powder Wave I
Powder Wave II
River Line
Free Ride Park
Powder Theater
Adventure Aisle
Crystal Bowl
Ninja
Sawa
Rabbit
Kamoshika
Bear

Kids Park
Snow Mobile Land

Planned nighta operations this season:

11th February 2018
Every Saturday between until 24th March 2018

Archive report: Posted at 8:44am on Wednesday 24th January 2018
The latest Madarao Now report can be found here

Madarao Now ski lift operation notes:

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Madarao Now observed snowfall data: Recent Madarao Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 24th January 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Madarao Now reports up until Wednesday 24th January 2018
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Madarao Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 24th January 2018
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Madarao Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2017/2018
*as of Wednesday 24th January 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
24th January 19cm 34cm 2cm
23rd January 7cm 19cm 0cm
22nd January 8cm 4cm 1cm
21st January 0cm 14cm 25cm
20th January 0cm 0cm 16cm
19th January 3cm 5cm 3cm
18th January 0cm 6cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 37cm 82cm 47cm
Previous 14 days total 76cm 311cm 59cm
November observed snowfall total 60cm 9cm 0cm
December observed snowfall total 280cm 211cm 99cm
January observed snowfall total 163cm 408cm 161cm
February observed snowfall total - 196cm 124cm
March observed snowfall total - 94cm 99cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - - -
Season observed snowfall total 503cm 918cm 483cm
Madarao Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 24th January 2018
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Madarao 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 - 60cm
[60cm]
280cm
[340cm]
163cm
[503cm]
- - - -
2016/2017 season - 9cm
[9cm]
211cm
[220cm]
408cm
[628cm]
196cm
[824cm]
94cm
[918cm]
0cm
[918cm]
-
2015/2016 season - 0cm
[0cm]
99cm
[99cm]
161cm
[260cm]
124cm
[384cm]
99cm
[483cm]
0cm
[483cm]
-
2014/2015 season - 5cm
[5cm]
406cm
[411cm]
327cm
[738cm]
221cm
[959cm]
96cm
[1055cm]
- -
2013/2014 season - 0cm
[0cm]
117cm
[117cm]
267cm
[384cm]
205cm
[589cm]
145cm
[734cm]
- -
2012/2013 season - 0cm
[0cm]
223cm
[223cm]
352cm
[575cm]
355cm
[930cm]
82cm
[1012cm]
0cm
[1012cm]
-
  October November December January February March April May
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