Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 30th January 2007

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:54am on Tuesday 30th January 2007
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Archive report: Posted at 10:54am on Tuesday 30th January 2007
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Good morning to all you fellow winter mountain pilgrims. The sky is clear, and the snow is sparkling. The forecast is for a clear sky today. Valley bottom temperatures are forecast to range from -2C to 7C. The same forecast calls for light winds from the south-west with nil precipitation.


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

Sky: Few clouds
Temperature: Present: -5.0 C
Maximum: 6.5 C
Minimum: -6.0 C
Wind: Light north-west
Winds aloft: Light north-west
Precipitation: Nil
Barometer and trend: 924 hPa and steady
Height of new snow in 24 hours (HN24): 0 cm
Total depth of snowpack (HS): 81 cm
Foot penetration: 23 cm
Surface: Decomposed and faceting, size 2.5 mm
Density of surface snow: ~
Crust: 2 cm
Above Tree Line: Considerable

At Tree Line: Moderate

Below Tree Line: Moderate

N.B. The buried surface hoar is now even more deeply buried. Historically light to moderate skiing of terrain has proved to have little to moderate effect on controlling a buried surface hoar instability.

Travel Advisory:
Remember the surface hoar mentioned above.
Several point release avalanches from size one to slightly larger (enough to carry you somewhere but probably not bury a person unless it was to pile up in a particularly nasty terrain trap (e.g. bank of a creek falling into a narrow gulch... gulp). Generally the stability is increasing with a special note to keep thinking reactive buried surface hoar in protected pockets. we have decided to keep the hazard rating at "Moderate" below tree line because with the day-time warming this zone will be most affected by the forecast warming (yesterday the temperature maximum in the shade was 6.5C). So watch the temperature and the terrain features.

Archive report: Posted at 10:54am on Tuesday 30th January 2007
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Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

Most lifts at all ski areas are operating. Crisp in the morning and warming up during the day.\r\n\r\n

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