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The Japanese season 2011-2012 weather

Discussion in 'Alpine & Southern' started by Sandy, Dec 16, 2011.

  1. damian

    damian A Local

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    Yesterday at Happo guests were apparently being lowered by rope from a chair shut by wind.

    Today at Tsugaike all lifts were shut due to an electrical storm (which I was in the wrong place at the wrong time for!)

    Any guesses for tomorrow?
     
  2. CarveMan

    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Does Japan get frequent electrical storms in spring?

    Colorado and Utah certainly did.
     
  3. Donza

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    Chairlifts make awesome conductors.
     
  4. damian

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    Carveman - I don't actually know. I've been out in an electrical storm twice in the last two weeks. One was a WNW storm. This one was SW or S.

    However last night was the first puffy orange cloud sunset over the peaks for the spring season. You do not get them in winter as the sun is lower in the sky. Now that the sun is much more overhead... sunset season has arrived!

    I remember now that spring last year my friend was guiding and they got caught in a big nasty electrical storm. Anecdotally, I'll guess that they become more common in spring.
     
  5. Donza

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    Oh spring for sure...

    more instability..

    larger temperature variance. ie more heat.. cold unstable air aloft..
     
  6. damian

    damian A Local

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    Kosa - airborne dust from the Gobi desert - is a comin'

    No big deal, however if it falls with snow then that tinged snow becomes much for sensitive to solar radiation, even when buried 15cm under 'clean' snow. Happens every year.

    http://www.jma.go.jp/en/kosafcst/kosafcst-c.html

    [​IMG]
     
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  7. Sandy

    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    A bit of a storm raging in Japan..... almost like a Typhoon!!!

    Winds up to 120kph. Barometric pressure down around 980hPa.





    Here in Yokohama, not as bad...... Winds up to 100kph. Barometric pressure down around 992hPa.
     
  8. Donza

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    Legit snowing again in Hakuba
     
  9. smitty484

    smitty484 Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    ayyy, looks good for the next couple of days.
     
  10. TJ

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    It has been excellent Smitty. The amount of snowfall has been huge down in the valley but because of the freezing level we haven't seen a lot of accumulation on the ground. Up on the resorts is a different story with with 20+ cm on top of the 40+ yesterday. More due tonight. Best April dumpage I've seen over the last 6 years.
     
  11. damian

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    Loads of powder, and just like winter here. At 2000m it was -9.5C. Conifers look like Christmas trees full of powder. You wouldn't believe it. We skied today like it was mid January. Resorts are a bit low for it, but....

    So much powder just lying around that will never get touched.
     
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  12. TJ

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    The last dumpage will be the last for the season. It was well worth the wait though with so much snow and so few people. The next snow in town will be on the 24th of November. See you then.