Minakami Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 8th December 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:36am on Saturday 8th December 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Sunny skies to the South, dark skies to the North.
Base temp:
3°C

Top temp:
-2°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Northerly winds that usually whip down this valley are whipping away as usual and dragging very light precipitation with them
wind condition
Northerly
visibility condition
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Archive report: Posted at 10:36am on Saturday 8th December 2018
The latest Minakami Now report can be found here

Welcome back to Minakami Now!

I trust our readers have tuned up their skis and boards, applied a fresh coat of wax and sorted out their gear for the upcoming season. As we commence the 2nd calendar week of December, the chair lifts are yet to begin turning here on central Honshu. It's been a little too warm and not snowy enough but do not be disheartened dear reader. There is talk of a mild El Nino this year which is on balance, negative for our snow outlook. That said, El Nino's negative effects are generally felt when the El Nino is combined with other factors. This is not the case and I have a feeling things are going to be just fine.

Now some more on that weather and forecast, I returned from vacation a week ago to snow capped mountains and freezing temps but throughout the week it was warmish and thawing out. Last night saw a light snowfall, accompanied by frigid winds and though its sunny here today, there is still some precipitation as I look out the window at 10:30am.

The forecast down in Minakami town is for snow to start falling around midnight tonight and to continue tomorrow throughout the day with temps down there hovering just above zero. Up here at the base of Tenjindaira Ski Resort and Mt Tanigawa, that means I need to have my snow clearing gear ready to go.

The mountain forecast is for cold temps up at 1500m and snow virtually all week but in keeping with that old adage, I'll wait till it is on the ground before getting too excited. Traditionally I expect snow on the ground permanently from around Dec 15th and around Dec 20th we usually get pounded with a meter of the stuff. Lets hope that's the case this time round.

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Planned opening dates of ski resorts in Minakami

As soon as there is enough snow:
Okutone Snow Park
Tanigawa Tenjindaira

Saturday 15th December:
Minakami Hodaigi

Thursday 20th December:
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
Norn Minakami


Saturday 22nd December:
Akasawa
Minakami Kogen Fujiwara
Oh-ana
White Valley

Archive report: Posted at 10:36am on Saturday 8th December 2018
The latest Minakami Now report can be found here

Minakami Now ski lift operation notes:

Nothing as yet

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  2018/2019
*as of Saturday 8th December 2018
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
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1st May 0cm 0cm -
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23rd April 0cm - -
13th April 0cm - -
4th April 0cm - 0cm
Previous 7 days total 0cm 60cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 0cm 100cm 18cm
November observed snowfall total - - -
December observed snowfall total 0cm 385cm 212cm
January observed snowfall total - 389cm 595cm
February observed snowfall total - 263cm 452cm
March observed snowfall total - 16cm 130cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 0cm 1053cm 1389cm
Minakami Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 8th December 2018
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Minakami Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - - 0cm
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2017/2018 season - - 385cm
[385cm]
389cm
[774cm]
263cm
[1037cm]
16cm
[1053cm]
0cm
[1053cm]
0cm
[1053cm]
2016/2017 season - - 212cm
[212cm]
595cm
[807cm]
452cm
[1259cm]
130cm
[1389cm]
0cm
[1389cm]
0cm
[1389cm]
2015/2016 season - - 154cm
[154cm]
227cm
[381cm]
285cm
[666cm]
78cm
[744cm]
0cm
[744cm]
-
2014/2015 season - 0cm
[0cm]
225cm
[225cm]
246cm
[471cm]
378cm
[849cm]
152cm
[1001cm]
0cm
[1001cm]
0cm
[1001cm]
2013/2014 season 0cm
[0cm]
20cm
[20cm]
159cm
[179cm]
203cm
[382cm]
295cm
[677cm]
159cm
[836cm]
0cm
[836cm]
0cm
[836cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
6cm
[6cm]
105cm
[111cm]
144cm
[255cm]
131cm
[386cm]
31cm
[417cm]
30cm
[447cm]
0cm
[447cm]
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