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

Myoko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 11:43am on Wednesday 24th January 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy and snowing
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Moderate snow at the moment
wind condition
Light NE wind
visibility condition
Often limited by snow
This report
Wednesday 24th January 2018, 11:43am
31cm
Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 6:43am 12cm
Monday 22nd January 2018, 9:30am 14cm
Sunday 21st January 2018, 7:33am 0cm
Saturday 20th January 2018, 12:07pm 0cm
Friday 19th January 2018, 11:23am 6cm
Thursday 18th January 2018, 10:42am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 63cm
Last 14 reports (total): 146cm
Current month (January 2018) total: 335cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 884cm

Archive report: Posted at 11:43am on Wednesday 24th January 2018
The latest Myoko Now report can be found here

Not as much snow as the forecasts predicted, but not as strong winds, either.

A few moments of southwest wind blasts, especially right after all the lifts closed down (my office windows suddenly went all white). But it was a good snow, and steady applications of 30cm or so is much more welcome than a dump of 60 and then the sun/snow again. Nice and cold, too. But it is still snowing; Niigata prefecture is predicting 25cm up to 4pm.

The Akakan Hotel No. 2 is down as of midday. Probably won’t last long, they say (and that’s usually the case). Suginohara’s No. 3 also closed yesterday and today becausee of wind. The wind was really strong up high yesterday, too.

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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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Akakura Kanko:
250 cm, -8°

Akakura Onsen:
300cm, -7° (over three meters again!)

Ikenotaira Onsen:
205cm, -6°

Myoko Suginohara:
180cm, -9°

Seki Onsen:
340 cm, -4°

Myoko Ski Park:
220 cm, -3°

Kyukamura RunRun:
270 cm, -4°

Tangram Ski Circus:
190 cm, -5°

Madarao Kogen:
180 cm, -7°

Archive report: Posted at 11:43am on Wednesday 24th January 2018
The latest Myoko Now report can be found here

Myoko Now ski lift operation notes:

Akakan Hotel No. 2, Suginohara No. 3 closed

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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 Myoko Now reports up until Wednesday 24th January 2018
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Myoko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Myoko 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 31cm 31cm 12cm
23rd January 12cm 55cm 0cm
22nd January 14cm - 0cm
21st January 0cm 33cm 30cm
20th January 0cm 0cm 20cm
19th January 6cm 10cm 1cm
18th January 0cm 8cm 7cm
Previous 7 days total 63cm 170cm 70cm
Previous 14 days total 146cm 473cm 92cm
November observed snowfall total 81cm 12cm 0cm
December observed snowfall total 468cm 345cm 140cm
January observed snowfall total 335cm 629cm 267cm
February observed snowfall total - 333cm 326cm
March observed snowfall total - 157cm 144cm
April observed snowfall total - 2cm 1cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 884cm 1478cm 878cm
Myoko 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 Myoko 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 - 81cm
[81cm]
468cm
[549cm]
335cm
[884cm]
- - - -
2016/2017 season - 12cm
[12cm]
345cm
[357cm]
629cm
[986cm]
333cm
[1319cm]
157cm
[1476cm]
2cm
[1478cm]
0cm
[1478cm]
2015/2016 season - 0cm
[0cm]
140cm
[140cm]
267cm
[407cm]
326cm
[733cm]
144cm
[877cm]
1cm
[878cm]
0cm
[878cm]
2014/2015 season - 0cm
[0cm]
561cm
[561cm]
525cm
[1086cm]
317cm
[1403cm]
155cm
[1558cm]
0cm
[1558cm]
0cm
[1558cm]
2013/2014 season - 20cm
[20cm]
219cm
[239cm]
377cm
[616cm]
242cm
[858cm]
245cm
[1103cm]
10cm
[1113cm]
0cm
[1113cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
17cm
[17cm]
334cm
[351cm]
508cm
[859cm]
424cm
[1283cm]
76cm
[1359cm]
11cm
[1370cm]
0cm
[1370cm]
  October November December January February March April May
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