Go Native said:I missed that little gem from Sandy. If you are willing to compare this last Feb to maybe Australia sure it wasn't poor but compared to normal in Japan I'd be surprised if any resort got anything close to near average snowfall. Sure poor in Japan should really only be compared to other years in Japan but it was in no way a good Feb unless you really enjoy the sun!
The below map shows how much of the western side of Japan received below average precipitation and significantly more sunshine than average. The east side was wetter than normal but that doesn't help the resorts much at all. Were there still some great conditions in Feb? Sure, even a bad month in Japan is not that terrible but let's not kid ourselves that it wasn't well below average.
Sandy said:Feb may not have been a GOOD month, but I don't think it was poor.
indeed ..winds are whipping the snow in up the valleydamian said:Temps dropping into the afternoon here as forecast, snowing like it is mid January. It's back.
damian said:I'll take credit for a joke I didn't intend to make (nor fully understand). However I am still lost here...
Donutz suggested that something had risen, and it was related to me and chairlifts?
Then Sandy chimes in with some German.
And I'm totally like, WTF dude? (note: I don't really speak like that)
cin said:It is friggen freezing here in Kyoto tonight
Sandy, temp check???
damian said:Anywhere might be unstable: we just had 40cm or more snow up there with winds all on top of a previous melt freeze surface. Even if there isn't instability on that old surface then I'd be pretty sure that there is instability within the new snow anyway. Just the way it works after a storm with wind.
Sandy said:Sun and warmer temperatures and sloppy snow kicked in around 22nd Feb. I wouldn't call that a poor February, unless you judge the last week of Feb as being indicative of the whole month!!
Rabid K9 said:I would disagree with comments that it's been a really poor Feb, maybe in the resorts but there is a hell of a lot more to Japanese snow than that....