Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 16th February 2014

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:32am on Sunday 16th February 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow showers
wind condition
6-13m/s (Hirafu)
OK
This report
Sunday 16th February 2014, 8:32am
10cm
Saturday 15th February 2014, 8:27am 3cm
Friday 14th February 2014, 8:12am 10cm
Thursday 13th February 2014, 8:15am 0cm
Wednesday 12th February 2014, 7:57am 5cm
Tuesday 11th February 2014, 8:26am 0cm
Monday 10th February 2014, 8:24am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 28cm
Last 14 reports (total): 90cm
Current month (February 2014) total: 112cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 971cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Sunday 16th February 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Crazy scenes continue down around Tokyo and surrounding prefectures in particular with some tales of epic snowfalls being recorded on the plains. It's not much use there is it?!

Anyway as that system moves north, we are being hit with strong winds and noticeably warmer temperatures as well - it's not all that colder than freezing point here this morning, but hopefully will be getting colder.

Oh yes, we do have about 10-15cm of fresh snow this morning, though I wouldn't rank it as classic Niseko snow, milder conditions explaining that.

It's generally just cloudy at the moment.

Stronger winds on the mountain are affecting the following lifts at the time of writing:

Niseko Grand Hirafu: King 3 and King 4, Ace 4 lifts
Annupuri: Jumbo 4 lift
Niseko Village: Wonderland Chair and Niseko Gondola

Very possibly that situation will change during the day.

Snow showers are forecast to continue over the next few days and as I said hopefully along with colder conditions.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -3C, 20cm new snow in the last 12hrs, snowdrift development. Moiwa 800m: -6C, wind N15m/s, major snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -6C, wind N20m/s, snowdrift development. Hirafu 1000m: -5C, snowdrift development. Annupuri peak 1308m: -8.8C, wind N13.8m/s. Cape Benkei: NNE6m/s, Cape Kamui: SSW2m/s, wave -calm, pressure 1015hPa.

The newly formed snowdrifts are unstable and will fracture easily. From observation and snowfall data the avalanche risk is high. On steep open leeward faces a fast running surface slab avalanche, with a fracture up it 50cm, is likely to occur. Drifts formed from low pressure snowfall are not well bonded and will collapse easily. Be careful around cornices, knolls and steep slopes above 800m.

Peak gates 2&3 will be closed today, Gate 6 yet to be decided. Please follow patrols advice.

Accidents can be avoided if you understand the dangers of snowdrifts correctly. Many accidents happen during and just after bad weather and storms. Avalanches are a natural occurrence and only become an accident if people are involved. The snow in the trees is getting better. Have a safe day. Take care hitting trees and falling into cracks.

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Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 370cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 350cm
Base - 210cm

Annupuri:
Top - 315cm
Base - 210cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Sunday 16th February 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts open

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 16th February 2014
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 16th February 2014
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2013/2014
*as of Sunday 16th February 2014
2012/2013
Season
2011/2012
Season
16th February 10cm 10cm -
15th February 3cm 25cm -
14th February 10cm 20cm -
13th February 0cm 0cm -
12th February 5cm 10cm -
11th February 0cm 10cm -
10th February 0cm 10cm -
Previous 7 days total 28cm 85cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 90cm 172cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 123cm 118cm -
December observed snowfall total 275cm 418cm -
January observed snowfall total 461cm 443cm -
February observed snowfall total 112cm 316cm -
March observed snowfall total - 164cm -
April observed snowfall total - 32cm -
May observed snowfall total - 2cm -
Season observed snowfall total 971cm 1493cm 0cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 16th February 2014
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
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2015/2016 season - - - - - - - -
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2013/2014 season 0cm
[0cm]
123cm
[123cm]
275cm
[398cm]
461cm
[859cm]
112cm
[971cm]
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[971cm]
-
[971cm]
-
[971cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
118cm
[118cm]
418cm
[536cm]
443cm
[979cm]
316cm
[1295cm]
164cm
[1459cm]
32cm
[1491cm]
2cm
[1493cm]
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