Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Friday 26th January 2007

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:18am on Friday 26th January 2007
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Archive report: Posted at 9:18am on Friday 26th January 2007
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Good morning and a beautiful morning it is with the wind sculpted snows of the high peaks picked out nicely in the early, low angle light. Yesterday's forecast of overcast did not materialize, at least over the Tsuga Ike / Hiyodori Mine area. Up in the alpine the winds were consistently moderate (20 to 40 km/hr.) with gusts of strong (40 to 60 km/hr.). This morning, looking with a 20 power telescope at the Goryu Dake summit area from the Hira Kawa Station, there was no evidence of wind transport (maybe the snow has all blown away). On the Happo One Lift Company piste the report is that the upper mountain is fairly hard pack, and the lower mountain, with the help of the busy grooming equipment, is softer.

The forecast for the valley floor is: Clear going to overcast sky, temperatures -4C to 6C, wind light (1 to 20 km/hr.) from the north-west, precipitation: nil to a few hours of snow in the evening.

Nota Bene: At the Happo One Lift Company there is a Super Giant Slalom race being held on the lower Panorama Course (Women's Downhill Course).

The Hira Kawa Snow Study Plot (830m a.s.l.) 0700 hr. reading is:

Sky: Clear
Temperature: Present: -8.1 C
Maximum: 6.5 C
Minimum: -8.0 C
Wind: VL - west
Winds aloft: no evidence of wind, i.e. no snow plumes nor clouds to observe
Precipitation: Nil
Barometer and trend: 922 hPa and steady
Height of new snow in 24 hours (HN24): 0 cm
Total depth of snowpack (HS): 64 cm
Foot penetration: 15 cm
Surface: faceted, size 3.0 mm
Density of surface snow: None to measure
Crust: breaking down under 3 cm of dry, faceting snow

Above Tree Line: Moderate

At Tree Line: Moderate

Below Tree Line: Low

N.B. Yesterday the wind was a steady "moderate" from the north-west with gusts to "strong" above tree line.

Travel Advisory:
The southern aspects has been strongly affected by wind and sun. The northern aspects have been affected by wind in the upper areas and the snow is generally continuing to settle such that the ski penetration is decreasing. Yesterday at 1,920 m a.s.l. (flat site, no aspect or slope angle) a temperature gradient was observed in the upper snow pack (air temperature: -6.5C, snow surface tempertature: -3.0C, snow temperature down 10 cm: -7.0C, snow temperature down 20 cm: -9.2C, snow temperature down 30 cm: -8.8 C).

The travel is generally good with a ski penetration on the northerly aspects 20 cm at most (where observed).

The buried surface hoar has not gone away. Have a look for yourself. It is very variable from location to location.

There may be some lingering instability in the recently transported snow.

Archive report: Posted at 9:18am on Friday 26th January 2007
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Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

Most lifts at all ski areas are operating. Minegata is now running.\r\n\r\n

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