Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Friday 29th December 2006

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:17am on Friday 29th December 2006
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Sky:Obscured (in the cloud) Snowing 4 cm/hr.\r\n
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Moderate winds at 1,400 m a.s.l.
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Archive report: Posted at 9:17am on Friday 29th December 2006
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It is "Dumping Dudes and Dudesess" with fulsome volume and fluffiness. Something like 45 cm in the valley bottom and our trained observers have measured close to a metre of new snow (HN) in the last 24 hours at 1,500 m a.s.l. The rocks are mostly covered. Yesterday when we left the top of the lift-accessible terrain the wind was blowing with moderate strength (20 to 40 km/hr.) with gusts of strong (40 to 60 km/hr.).

The forecast wind for the valley is in the moderate range.
Observations at the Hira Kawa weather station (at 830 m a.s.l., 36 deg. 41 min. 13 sec. N. Lat., 137 deg. 49 min. 29 sec. E. Long.) recorded at 0700 hrs.:
Sky: Obscured (i.e. no cloud form observable/in the cloud)
Temperature: -6.3 Centigrade
Wind:Calm
Precipitation: Snowing four cm/hr.
Barometric Pressure: 922 hPa,and steady
HN (height of new snow): 38 cm (moderate density)
HS (height of snow on the ground): 38 cm

Hazard:
Below Tree Line (BTL): Moderate and deteriorating as more surface features are covered and "threshold" coverage is achieved.

At Tree Line (TL) "Considerable" meaning that natural avalanches are possible, and human triggered avalanches are probable. The metre and more of new snow at 1,500 m a.s.l. in the past 24 hours with the winds strong enought to move it should trigger feelings of caution in those with any sense whatsoever.

Above Tree Line (ATL) the hazard should be considered as "High", i.e. natural and human triggered avalanches are likely. With this rapid heavy loading and "moderate" to "high" winds the 'great, white, open areas should be handled carefully. The threat is now from above. Natural avalanches are becoming very possible. We have not been in the the open, uncontrolled terrain yesterday or today to test the stability but it is suspected that soft slabs are forming in all open areas. Lee slopes are loading and cornices are growing much bigger "lips". Remember that if these "lips" drool in a big way they could trigger the lee slope slab below. That is the what I mean by 'the threat form above'.

Archive report: Posted at 9:17am on Friday 29th December 2006
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

Hakuba Goryu has upper lifts on the Toumi Course and limited operation below at Iimori Hakuba 47 is almost at a full operational level with the help of snow making. Tsugaike, Happo, Cortina and Kashi

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