Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 12th January 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:50am on Sunday 12th January 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-8°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
1-8m/s
Generally poor
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This report
Sunday 12th January 2014, 8:50am
25cm
Saturday 11th January 2014, 9:01am 25cm
Friday 10th January 2014, 8:45am 25cm
Thursday 9th January 2014, 8:40am 10cm
Wednesday 8th January 2014, 8:30am 10cm
Tuesday 7th January 2014, 8:03am 15cm
Monday 6th January 2014, 9:00am 30cm
Last 7 reports (total): 140cm
Last 14 reports (total): 232cm
Current month (January 2014) total: 217cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 615cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:50am on Sunday 12th January 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Another 25cm of snow since yesterday. I'm sure I said that yesterfday. Yes, I did. But it's true, as the snow just doesn't seem to want to stop at the moment. Good snow wants to fall on Niseko!

There's not as much wind this morning but later on stronger winds forecast. Snow is still falling and visibility is generally fairly poor.

Apart from the top lifts at Grand Hirafu and the Jumbo Number 4 lit at Annupuri having a late start as they cope with snow, all lifts plan to be running as scheduled.

Let's look at the numbers and see what they say. Today Niseko Grand Hirafu is reporting 175cm at base and 360cm on upper areas. The same day last year those numbers were 200cm and 380cm respectively. So actually a bit less than last year. In our Now report on January 12th 2013 we were reporting a running total of 756cm of snowfall since the beginning of the season. Today that same number for this season is 615cm.

The Japan Meteorological Agency's numbers for Kutchan town for January 2013 were 268cm. So far this month we have 134cm and so we're half way there in 12 days. December 2013 saw less snowfall than December 2012 and so it would be good to 'catch up'. Just for the sake of the numbers!

Whatever the numbers are, continued snow refreshes are making for excellent conditions every day. Take care out there and have fun.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -8C, 20cm of fresh. Moiwa 800m: -11C, NW10m/s, 30cm of fresh, large & unstable development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: NW15m/s, -14C, 40cm snow, large development of unstable cornices and snowdrifts. Annupuri peak: W8m/s, -15℃. Wind forecast at noon: WNW20m/s. Hirafu 12hours snowfall 40cm. Coastal data: Benkei cape WNW10m/s, Kamui cape W9m/s, 2m waves, 1016hPa.

The isobars are spacing out as the next low-pressure system is approaching, and the wind is stagnating around 10m/s since 2am. However, the wind is forecasted to pick up later today. The avalanche risk is high above 800m. Possibilities of 80-120cm thick surface slab avalanches are present in the Backbowl, Osawa 1100m cornice slopes, Higashi-One cornice slopes and Mikaeri Bowl. Gate 2 & 3 will be kept closed today. Gate 1 & 4 are scheduled to open, however traversing all the way across to the cornices is strongly not recommend. Very hazardous conditions today. Other gates still to be determined, please respect the ski patrol’s decisions. The mountain is in unstable conditions due to the continuing storm; keep in mind that accidents are most likely to occur during and just after storms.

Beware of sudden weather changes, stay humble and be prudent. Have you switched your avy beacon on?

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Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 360cm
Base - 175cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 250cm
Base - 180cm

Annupuri:
Top - 220cm
Base - 190cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:50am on Sunday 12th January 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts open

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 12th January 2014
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 12th January 2014
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 12th January 2014
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2013/2014
*as of Sunday 12th January 2014
2012/2013
Season
2011/2012
Season
12th January 25cm 25cm -
11th January 25cm 35cm -
10th January 25cm 25cm -
9th January 10cm 5cm -
8th January 10cm 10cm -
7th January 15cm 15cm -
6th January 30cm 20cm -
Previous 7 days total 140cm 135cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 232cm 223cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 123cm 118cm -
December observed snowfall total 275cm 418cm -
January observed snowfall total 217cm 443cm -
February observed snowfall total - 316cm -
March observed snowfall total - 164cm -
April observed snowfall total - 32cm -
May observed snowfall total - 2cm -
Season observed snowfall total 615cm 1493cm 0cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 12th January 2014
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Niseko 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
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
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2014/2015 season - - - - - - - -
2013/2014 season 0cm
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123cm
[123cm]
275cm
[398cm]
217cm
[615cm]
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[615cm]
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[615cm]
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[615cm]
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[615cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
118cm
[118cm]
418cm
[536cm]
443cm
[979cm]
316cm
[1295cm]
164cm
[1459cm]
32cm
[1491cm]
2cm
[1493cm]
  October November December January February March April May
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