Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 30th December 2013

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:05am on Monday 30th December 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
Fairly strong wind; 7-15m/s (Hirafu)
Generally quite poor
This report
Monday 30th December 2013, 8:05am
10cm
Sunday 29th December 2013, 8:40am 20cm
Saturday 28th December 2013, 8:45am 15cm
Friday 27th December 2013, 8:59am 5cm
Thursday 26th December 2013, 8:30am 2cm
Wednesday 25th December 2013, 8:35am 5cm
Tuesday 24th December 2013, 8:10am 35cm
Last 7 reports (total): 92cm
Last 14 reports (total): 112cm
Current month (December 2013) total: 270cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 393cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:05am on Monday 30th December 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

About another 5-10cm of snow to add this morning. I say about as the wind has been at work and been blowing it all about again.

Yesterday winds affected lift operations on the mountain, causing a few bottlenecks at times. Unfortunately it looks like it's going to be a similar story today.

Let's try to forget the wind though and talk about the snow. It was snowing for most of the day and some nice deep to be found.

Snow is forecast through the coming week, with temperatures set to drop over New Year and potentially heavy snowfall on the way. Come prepared!

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For December 2012, the JMA (Japan Meteorological Agency) reported 306cm of snowfall in the town of Kutchan. This month, with two days to go including today, they are on 252cm. So just over 50cm to go before we can match last years number. (Not that it actually really matters of course!) And remember that is for Kutchan town, not up on the mountains which get more.

Looking at our own numbers from our Niseko Now reports - we have recorded 383cm of snowfall since the beginning of this season including 260cm during the month of December. These numbers coming from the Hirafu base area and can be found towards the bottom of each report. Last year for the month of December we recorded 418cm, and a total of 536cm for November-December.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -4C, 10cm of crushed crystal snow. Moiwa 800m:-7C, WSW20m/s, snowdrift development of up to 100cm. Annupuri 1150m: NW25m/s, heavy snowdrift developments, -11C. Annupuri peak 1308m: wind data n/a, -8.5C. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW19m/s, Kamui cape WSW16m/s, 2.3m waves, 1001hPa. 1500m wind forecast at noon: westerly 20m/s.

Wintry pressure pattern persists, generating strong westerly wind above 800m altitude. Extreme avalanche hazard in the Back bowl, Osawa, Higashi-One’s leeward cornice slopes and steep faces. All peak gates will be closed, please respect the ski patrol’s instructions.

Wishful thinking can be dangerous. Overconfidence and presumption lead to accidents. The reason for opening/closing the gates is not to restrict the freedom of out of bounds skiing but to ensure minimum safety of all resort users. We strongly demand everybody to respect the Niseko Rules. Do not duck ropes. The snow in the trees is in excellent condition. Be safe and have a nice day.

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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 260cm
Base - 95cm
King Number 3 and 4; all Hanazono lifts not operating due to wind conditions.

Niseko Village:
Top - 150cm
Base - 110cm
Niseko Gondola and Wonderland Chair lifts not operating at the moment due to wind. Up to 25m/s according to the resort.

Annupuri:
Top - 125cm
Base - 130cm
Unable to confirm at time of writing.

Archive report: Posted at 8:05am on Monday 30th December 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts open

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Monday 30th December 2013
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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 Monday 30th December 2013
2012/2013
Season
2011/2012
Season
30th December 10cm 0cm -
29th December 20cm 5cm -
28th December 15cm 15cm -
27th December 5cm 20cm -
26th December 2cm 30cm -
25th December 5cm 0cm -
24th December 35cm 5cm -
Previous 7 days total 92cm 75cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 112cm 209cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 123cm 118cm -
December observed snowfall total 270cm 418cm -
January observed snowfall total - 443cm -
February observed snowfall total - 316cm -
March observed snowfall total - 164cm -
April observed snowfall total - 32cm -
May observed snowfall total - 2cm -
Season observed snowfall total 393cm 1493cm 0cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 30th December 2013
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Niseko 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 - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season - - - - - - - -
2013/2014 season 0cm
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123cm
[123cm]
270cm
[393cm]
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[393cm]
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[393cm]
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[393cm]
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[393cm]
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[393cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
118cm
[118cm]
418cm
[536cm]
443cm
[979cm]
316cm
[1295cm]
164cm
[1459cm]
32cm
[1491cm]
2cm
[1493cm]
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