Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 17th December 2017
Tuesday 21st January 2014, 7:35am
Lost in the fog
They said it would snow a lot last night - come to think of it, this writer may have made a similar hint - but only a light dusting overnight.
What it is doing out there is hard to tell, with a soupy fog now hanging over everything. No wonder one of the local dishes is kiri shita no soba (under-the-fog soba noodles). I hope that means a change in the weather, namely more snow.
We're still low this year, and could use a good blast to fill in the valleys and cover the small trees.
In our ongoing demand for good information, there was no official report from the town yesterday, and the Tourist Office website still has never been dated for three areas this entire season... yes, folks, I'm going to appeal to higher powers. So most reports are from yesterday, please add a cm or two.
About 5cm of new snowfall to report this morning though it looks from the report below that resort areas have seen up to 15cm of fresh up there.
Less wind this morning, it feels nice and calm and while there's still cloud around there's lots of blue skies around.
It's a lovely morning.
Still, the chance of snowfall sometime later on today and also tomorrow as well.
Things have of course calmed down since that magnificent run of snowfall until last week so let's take a breather and look at some of the numbers for January so far. Remember these numbers are observed snowfall, here in the Hirafu village area.
-- 347cm of snow for January 2014 -- 60cm of that being in the last 7 days -- 740cm total for the 2013/2014 season so far
The corresponding numbers as posted on January 21st 2013 were:
-- 370cm of snow for January 2013 -- 123cm in the last 7 days -- 906cm total for the 2012/2013 season so far
Last season JMA recorded 268cm of snow in Kutchan town for the whole of January. So far this January, that same number is on 228cm.
Let's see how those numbers pan out come the end of the month!
Niseko Avalanche Report
Niseko base 6am: -9C, 10cm new snow in the last 12hrs. Moiwa 800m: -11C, wind SW5m/s. 15Cm new snow, no snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -12C, 15cm new snow, minor snowdrift development, wind WSW8m/s. Annupuri peak1308m: -12.8C, wind WNW5.9m/s, wind predicted to be NW10m/s at noon. Hirafu 1000m: -11C, wind calm, 15cm new snow. Cape Benkei: NW7m/s, Cape Kamui: N8m/s, wave 0.6m, pressure 1011hPa.
There is no significant pressure gradient and both ocean and mountain are calm. From current observation the general avalanche risk is low. All gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the Patrols advice before going through the gates.
This daily avalanche report is issued to help protect peoples right to enter the backcountry. The mountain contains many dangers, avalanches being just one danger. Beware trees, cracks and other hidden hazards. Make careful decisions without overconfidence and don’t rely too much on your equipment. You can not be too careful.
Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:
After a grey and cloudy day yesterday, it was snowing by nighta time and this morning we have a good new layer of snow to report.
20-25cm at Goryu; 35-38cm at 47; 12cm at Happo; 20-30cm at Cortina. So differing amounts being reported but all of them coming in with fresh so it should be a very good morning on the slopes.
Variable but about 10-15cm here at village base I'd say. It doesn't feel quite as cold here at base either this morning though temperatures higher up on the mountain remain down to minus double digits. Fairly calm though and while it is not snowing while I write this it looks like snow is falling at higher elevations. Generally poor visibility on mountain as well this morning. Looks like a total foggy white-out on Happo at the moment!
So snow forecast for the day today and perhaps into tomorrow. Followed by clearer conditions and milder conditions at the end of the week, hopefully followed by snow on Saturday. There's a chance of a bit of rain before the snow though, we can just hope that bit doesn't happen. That's what the latest forecast has for us anyway.
Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 21st January 2014):
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 20cm at Iimori, 20cm at Toomi and 25cm up top. Upper - 285cm Toomi - 180cm Iimori - 150cm
Hakuba 47: Reporting 35cm of new snowfall at base and 38cm up top. Upper - 288cm Lower - 139cm
Yesterday was a cloudy/overcast day but we are back to snow falling this morning. About 5cm on my car outside and that is the number being reported by skijo around the town including Kagura. It is continuing to snow now and we do have it forecast to continue through tomorrow as well.. hopefully into Thursday as well.
Clearer skies are forecast for Friday along with warmer temperatures as well. Rain possible at the weekend in town anyway as we hit a run of milder weather. Would be good if we could avoid that.
For now though, snow is falling so bring it on. The just released Niigata forecast is for up to 10cm in Yuzawa before 4pm. Fingers crossed we can build up some decent snowfall in the next few days.
Yes, yesterday was a very fine day after that very decent amount of snowfall.
Snow clouds moved back in though and this morning there's some new cm to report from just a few at base to 10cm on the top Yamabiko runs. It wasn't as cold overnight and actually now the temperature is just under 0C though it should stay around there for the day and tomorrow should be cooler.
It's snowing very lightly here as I write this and a look at the cams shows very poor visibility up on the mountain - perhaps snowing more heavily up there. Unconfirmed! Thick fog seems to be covering the top half. It should be snowing on and off, hopefully more on than off, for the day and also tomorrow.
One thing that we have lacked this season is consistent full-on conditions... like what we had the other day, but regularly and continuing for days. We could do with some of that.
But anyway. Yes, later on in the week a warm spell is forecast. Sunny and warmer on Friday and there's even a chance of some rain in the village at the weekend but fingers crossed even if we get that it won't last long and turn into snow. Let's forget about that until later in the week!
For now, conditions should still be really good again today. Just know the layout and where you're going because visibility is very limited up there.
Another beautiful day here in Furano, but those cold temperatures are persisting. The forecasted snow arrived early afternoon and refreshed the slopes with a few centimetres of powder. The snow has stopped for the moment but is expected to start again later.
A dusting of snow this morning with cool temps and some light snow briefly today in the mountains with mostly clear skies at the valley level. Another dusting expected tonight followed by a cloudy day tomorrow.
The weekend is looking warm and sunny with a possible crust forming overnight Saturday and close to spring conditions expected sunday.