Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 1st February 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:45am on Saturday 1st February 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
2-8m/s (Hirafu)
Generally poor
This report
Saturday 1st February 2014, 8:45am
20cm
Friday 31st January 2014, 8:30am 10cm
Thursday 30th January 2014, 8:25am 10cm
Wednesday 29th January 2014, 8:35am 20cm
Tuesday 28th January 2014, 8:01am 20cm
Monday 27th January 2014, 8:52am 15cm
Sunday 26th January 2014, 8:20am 2cm
Last 7 reports (total): 97cm
Last 14 reports (total): 144cm
Current month (February 2014) total: 20cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 879cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:45am on Saturday 1st February 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Lots of snow falling yesterday - as well as wind blowing - and this morning I have an additional 20cm of fresh to report from the Hirafu village area.

At the time of writing, resorts aren't open as planned with strong winds especially over at Annupuri where upper area winds of up to 23m/s reported keeping all of the lifts there from operating. At Niseko Village just the bottom three lifts are moving. At Hirafu here the top Ace 3 and 4 lifts as well as the King 3 and 4 lifts are not moving due to strong winds, and the top two lifts at Hanazono are similarly affected. And here we were thinking we might catch a break with the wind this morning! If they can't get those opening up unfortunately it's inevitably going to create some congestion this morning. And there's lots of people around as well.

The current snow is forecast to ease off during the day and leave us with just cloud. Should be cold overnight again but warm up tomorrow and we might see temperature rise to around 0 or possibly even slightly above. Hopefully there will be less wind.

We should be getting back to the cold we expect though early in the week.

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OK as promised here's a quick look back at January and the numbers. And a good January it was of course. We logged (observed) 461cm of snowfall here at base in the month. The same observed number from the same spot in January last year (2013) was 443cm.

Observed snowfall since the beginning of the season (2012-2013, last season): 979cm
Observed snowfall since the beginning of the season (2013-2014, this season): 869cm

Interesting. The main difference so far being more snowfall in December 2012 than December 2013. Both pretty amazing numbers, and of course we have over three months left of the season.

Let's take a quick look at the JMA numbers recorded in Kutchan town...

January 2013: 268cm
January 2014: 317cm

As always remember that the JMA numbers are from Kutchan town and our numbers are observed close to the base of Hirafu - so there's more falling on them there mountains. And also worth pointing out that this is not a science project, just presenting them to you because we find them to be interesting.

JMA statistic for February last season (2013): 228cm
SnowJapan Niseko Now statistic from February last season (2013): 406cm

Long may the impressive snowfall numbers continue. (Oh yes... and light, dry and powdery please!)

:)

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -7, 20cm new snow in last 12 hrs. Moiwa 800m: -12C, wind NW15m/s, poor visibility, blizzard conditions, highly unstable snowdrift and cornice development. Annupuri 1150m: -11C, wind W15-20m/s, major snowdrift development. Hirafu 1000m: -12C, 50cm snow drift growth. Annupuri peak 1308m: -16.4C, wind NW20.9m/s. Cape Benkei: NW16m/s, Cape Kamui: W12m/s, wave 2.7m, pressure 1017hPa.

The cold air flow bringing us strong northwest wind (>15m/s) and snow continues both on the coast and mountains. From current observation and snowfall trends the avalanche risk in Niseko and surrounding mountains remains HIGH. The storm is expected to calm down this morning however open steep slopes and cornice slopes above 800m should be considered dangerous and avoided. Peak gates will be closed. Please respect and follow the patrols decisions. Do not duck ropes to enter Osawa, Kozen no sawa, Hanazono cornice area or Mizuno no sawa. Any avalanche will be large. The snow is good in the trees. Dont be overconfident or rely too much on your equipment. Beware falling into cracks, dont stop at the bottom or in gullies.

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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 400cm
Base - 195cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 345cm
Base - 230cm

Annupuri:
Top - 280cm
Base - 210cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:45am on Saturday 1st February 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts open for the season but affected by wind this morning

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 1st February 2014
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 1st February 2014
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2013/2014
*as of Saturday 1st February 2014
2012/2013
Season
2011/2012
Season
1st February 20cm 0cm -
31st January 10cm 0cm -
30th January 10cm 10cm -
29th January 20cm 0cm -
28th January 20cm 3cm -
27th January 15cm 45cm -
26th January 2cm 5cm -
Previous 7 days total 97cm 63cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 144cm 121cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 123cm 118cm -
December observed snowfall total 275cm 418cm -
January observed snowfall total 461cm 443cm -
February observed snowfall total 20cm 316cm -
March observed snowfall total - 164cm -
April observed snowfall total - 32cm -
May observed snowfall total - 2cm -
Season observed snowfall total 879cm 1493cm 0cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 1st February 2014
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
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123cm
[123cm]
275cm
[398cm]
461cm
[859cm]
20cm
[879cm]
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[879cm]
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[879cm]
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2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
118cm
[118cm]
418cm
[536cm]
443cm
[979cm]
316cm
[1295cm]
164cm
[1459cm]
32cm
[1491cm]
2cm
[1493cm]
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