Zao Now daily snow and weather - Friday 23rd December 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:16am on Friday 23rd December 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
8°C

Top temp:
1°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Rain
wind condition
Westerly
visibility condition
Fair
This report
Friday 23rd December 2016, 8:16am
0cm
Wednesday 21st December 2016, 9:38am 0cm
Tuesday 20th December 2016, 9:01am 0cm
Monday 19th December 2016, 9:01am 0cm
Sunday 18th December 2016, 9:28am 1cm
Saturday 17th December 2016, 7:36am 17cm
Friday 16th December 2016, 9:06am 2cm
Last 7 reports (total): 20cm
Last 14 reports (total): 65cm
Current month (December 2016) total: 78cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 89cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:16am on Friday 23rd December 2016
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Morning from Zao, and I wish I could say it were a good one.

Strong winds disrupted a number of lifts yesterday during the daytime with I think about 12 lifts operating most of the time.

And then the rain came and it seems to have been raining through the night. And it has done some obvious real damage to the slopes by the village base. The snow was pretty thin on the ground of course but it's a bit shocking to suddenly see lots of green once again as the snow disappears, and definitely not something you want to see approaching late December. Still, happily Zao is a big place and there's enough snow higher up for those areas to remain open - but it looks like lots of the lower lifts appear to be stopped once again. I'll update that info later in the day when the picture is clearer but for now it's more upper areas open at the moment.

It has not been the best of weeks and I was reading the other reports yesterday - looks like all Japan has been going through a unseasonably warm spell of weather.

What does the forecast tell us to expect? Well, it might get to be early in the week before the next potential decent snowfall arrives, with little bits here and there over the next few days (though nothing significant).

Hope to bring you better updates soon!

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Official snow depths:
Chuo - 50cm
Utopia - 35cm
Uwanodai - 15cm
Paradise - 50cm

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Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time Zao Ropeway operations

December 2016: 23rd, 24th, 29th-31st
January 2017: 1st-3rd, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 27th-31st
February 2017: 1st-28th
March 2017: 1st-5th

Operating from 5pm until 9pm; last ropeway up at 7:50pm.
Ropeway return charges are 2,600 yen for adults and 1,300 yen for children.
In the event of poor weather conditions, operations are sometimes cancelled.

Archive report: Posted at 8:16am on Friday 23rd December 2016
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Some of the lower lifts now having to stop due to the snow disappearing from or getting thin on lower areas

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 23rd December 2016
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Zao Now reports up until Friday 23rd December 2016
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Zao Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 23rd December 2016
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Zao Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2016/2017
*as of Friday 23rd December 2016
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
23rd December 0cm 0cm 20cm
21st December 0cm 0cm 1cm
20th December 0cm 0cm 0cm
19th December 0cm 4cm 0cm
18th December 1cm 10cm 40cm
17th December 17cm 2cm 20cm
16th December 2cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 20cm 17cm 83cm
Previous 14 days total 65cm 17cm 112cm
November observed snowfall total 11cm 22cm 20cm
December observed snowfall total 78cm 96cm 281cm
January observed snowfall total - 211cm 118cm
February observed snowfall total - 83cm 181cm
March observed snowfall total - 45cm 103cm
April observed snowfall total - 3cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - - 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 89cm 460cm 703cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 23rd December 2016
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Zao Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - 11cm
[11cm]
78cm
[89cm]
- - - - -
2015/2016 season - 22cm
[22cm]
96cm
[118cm]
211cm
[329cm]
83cm
[412cm]
45cm
[457cm]
3cm
[460cm]
-
2014/2015 season - 20cm
[20cm]
281cm
[301cm]
118cm
[419cm]
181cm
[600cm]
103cm
[703cm]
0cm
[703cm]
0cm
[703cm]
2013/2014 season - 12cm
[12cm]
179cm
[191cm]
111cm
[302cm]
166cm
[468cm]
107cm
[575cm]
4cm
[579cm]
0cm
[579cm]
2012/2013 season - 3cm
[3cm]
150cm
[153cm]
243cm
[396cm]
218cm
[614cm]
21cm
[635cm]
22cm
[657cm]
0cm
[657cm]
  October November December January February March April May
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