Madarao Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 28th January 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:16am on Tuesday 28th January 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
1°C

Top temp:
0°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None right now
wind condition
Strong wind
visibility condition
Fair
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Tuesday 28th January 2020, 9:16am
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Monday 27th January 2020, 8:39am 0cm
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Saturday 25th January 2020, 9:04am 3cm
Friday 24th January 2020, 8:22am 0cm
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Wednesday 22nd January 2020, 8:22am 32cm
Last 7 reports (total): 35cm
Last 14 reports (total): 72cm
Current month (January 2020) total: 165cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 253cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:16am on Tuesday 28th January 2020
The latest Madarao Now report can be found here

Morning from Madarao.

A strong wind is a-blowing this morning and it's affecting lift operations on the mountain.

Early on the Number 2 quad, Number 3A, Number 11, Number 12 and Number 15 lifts are operating at Madarao. All lifts appear to be operating at Tangram.

OK so we did not get our snow overnight that we were hoping for (though Hakone did!! huh?!) and it's going to be another relatively mild day.

Looking ahead, some proper decent snow seems possible Thursday night, so I'm really very much looking forward to that.

Before that, I'm afraid we might have to have to put up with some spots of rain at times.

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Current operations: Tuesday 28th January 2020

Madarao:

- Some lifts affected by wind this morning - see above
- SAWA II, Bear and Rabbit tree run courses scheduled to be open this morning
- Other tree run courses not currently available
- Official snow depth: 70cm

Tangram Ski Circus:
- All ski lifts are operating
- 9 courses open
- Official snow depth: 50cm

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Archive report: Posted at 9:16am on Tuesday 28th January 2020
The latest Madarao Now report can be found here

Madarao Now ski lift operation notes:

Limited operations at Madarao - see above

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Madarao Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Madarao Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 28th January 2020
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Madarao Now reports up until Tuesday 28th January 2020
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Madarao Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 28th January 2020
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Madarao Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2019/2020
*as of Tuesday 28th January 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
28th January 0cm 7cm 8cm
27th January 0cm 27cm 12cm
26th January 0cm 15cm 24cm
25th January 3cm 5cm 47cm
24th January 0cm 26cm 19cm
23rd January 0cm 5cm 7cm
22nd January 32cm 29cm 8cm
Previous 7 days total 35cm 114cm 125cm
Previous 14 days total 72cm 220cm 128cm
November observed snowfall total 15cm 3cm 60cm
December observed snowfall total 73cm 249cm 280cm
January observed snowfall total 165cm 395cm 276cm
February observed snowfall total - 193cm 149cm
March observed snowfall total - 79cm 18cm
April observed snowfall total - - 0cm
May observed snowfall total - - -
Season observed snowfall total 253cm 919cm 783cm
Madarao Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 28th January 2020
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Madarao Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2020/2021 season - - - - - - - -
2019/2020 season - 15cm
[15cm]
73cm
[88cm]
165cm
[253cm]
- - - -
2018/2019 season - 3cm
[3cm]
249cm
[252cm]
395cm
[647cm]
193cm
[840cm]
79cm
[919cm]
- -
2017/2018 season - 60cm
[60cm]
280cm
[340cm]
276cm
[616cm]
149cm
[765cm]
18cm
[783cm]
0cm
[783cm]
-
2016/2017 season - 9cm
[9cm]
211cm
[220cm]
408cm
[628cm]
196cm
[824cm]
94cm
[918cm]
0cm
[918cm]
-
2015/2016 season - 0cm
[0cm]
99cm
[99cm]
161cm
[260cm]
124cm
[384cm]
99cm
[483cm]
0cm
[483cm]
-
2014/2015 season - 5cm
[5cm]
406cm
[411cm]
327cm
[738cm]
221cm
[959cm]
96cm
[1055cm]
- -
2013/2014 season - 0cm
[0cm]
117cm
[117cm]
267cm
[384cm]
205cm
[589cm]
145cm
[734cm]
- -
2012/2013 season - 0cm
[0cm]
223cm
[223cm]
352cm
[575cm]
355cm
[930cm]
82cm
[1012cm]
0cm
[1012cm]
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