Well, it's only July, and the Japanese snow season for 2018-2019 is not that close, but there's been plenty of weather happening in Japan. The 2017-2018 came to a fairly quick end, with the warmest max average March(16.9C) and April(22.1C) on record in Tokyo (and other places as well). May and June were about average, while the first 10 days of July have been above average. June was coolish for the first 3 weeks, but well above average for the rest. The rainy season(the stationary boundary that moves north from Taiwan from about May) for Tokyo was very short (around 1.5 weeks instead of 3-4 weeks. HOWEVER, in western Japan, and to the north in S. Korea and nearby areas of China, the rainy season was unusually strong. A typhoon came through that area and western Japan this time last week, and brought with it "unprecedented" rain along the Japan mountainous areas from Kyushu to as far as Gifu Prefecture, just west of Nagano Prefecture, and in the Inland Sea and Shikoku (the smallest of the 4 large islands of Japan. When described as "unprecedented", 364 millimeters (14.3 inches) of rain fell in two hours between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. on Sunday 8th July in the city of Uwajima, in Ehime Prefecture on Shikoku island. 155 people have died with another 50+ missing, mostly in Hiroshima Prefecture. Hiroshima city has had its highest July rainfall on record (475mm) in just the first 8 days of the month, and most of it in 3-4 days (or less) Clearly the rain totals were exacerbated by orographic lift, as most of the rain was in the mountainous spine of Japan. At this stage, there are NO pointers for the 2018-2019 snow season!!!!