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Discussion in 'Alpine & Southern' started by fletch, Nov 23, 2012.
Where are you?
Up to 23 degrees in some parts of southern Kyushu!!!
Looking at the near term radar, and the temperature forecast, I think it is most likely going to rain - moderately hard for about 2cm - into the evening (in Hakuba up to at least 1700m)
Hakuba dropped from 6.6 degrees to 3.5 in the last hour..... probably due to the cooling effect of rain(4mm), rather than any overall drop in temperature.
Similar drops in other resorts where it's rained
Is there such a mechanism in weather? [cooling effects of rain]. Honest q.
Investigating various 'opinions' about freezing level and temps for the day I saw that mountainwatch is today calling for a freezing level in Hakuba of 500m. How did they possibly come up with that? Worse, they have it gradually RISING for the next 3 days to 1900m, rather than the very obvious plummet that is coming tonight. That is all so catastrophically incorrect that I think all cred is lost.
I don't know the mechanism, but it definitely happens. I've seen in Yokohama where it cools as it rains, then when it stops, it heats up again. I haven't really noticed this effect in Australia.
Been snowing up on Tsugaike for the last couple of hours.
10cms on the top 1/4
You were on the money AGAIN Sandy with the first part of your call . How is it looking for the 7th onward ?
things are just going to get warmer. very spring like
Some nice skiing was had this morning , a bit hard underfoot on certain aspects , but nice and light in some treed gullies .
Heavy Snowfalls kill 8 in Hokkaido
Akita Shinkansen derailed due to heavy snow
The models change almost from day to day ATM
Here's how the next couple of weeks are shaping up in central Japan, IMO.
4th, Mon. mostly clear
5th, Tue. Partly cloudy, cool
6th, Wed. clear
7th, Thu. Partly cloudy
8th, Fri. A little rain or snow
9th, Sat. Very warm, with cloud increasing
10th, Sun. warm with rain
11th, Mon. Clear
12th, Tue. Warm & clear
13th, Wed. Warm & clear
14th, Thu. Cool & clear
15th, Fri. Cold snow developing later
16th, Sat. Snow
17th, Sun. Snow
18th, Mon. Snow clearing
4th Mon - 6th Wed clear/partly cloudy
7th Thu - 8th Fri snow
9th Sat - warm with Rain
10th Sun - 18th, snow except for Thu 14th.
I much preferred your earlier synopsis Sandy seeing we arrive at Nozawa on the 7th
Ive had a good history of arriving in sync with extreme snow events so please dont mess with my rep as "the snow whisperer"
Let's hope so!!!!!!!
Yes it looks like the next week could be patchy all-round.
Snow forecast.com had a big change since this morning. Was a mixture of 10-12 degrees and rain for the next 9 days in central japan and has no changed to -4 - +6 and a little snow. Anything positive in this or just the models playing games?
Sounds like a season replay of last month for the south.
The models are changing every other day.
Yes it will be interesting to see what MountainWatch have to say........
Pic courtesy of 360niseko
Niseko - Japan 54 cm
Aspen Mountain - USA 43 cm
Vail - USA 40 cm
Breckenridge - USA 31 cm
Steamboat - USA 30 cm
Mammoth - USA 23 cm
Heavenly - USA 22 cm
Park City - USA 18 cm
Snowbird - USA 17 cm
Big White - Canada 14 cm
Hmmm... Hokkaido looking promising early next week? Should I or shouldn't I ??
Any input/forecasts for the remainder of the week more than welcome...
Spring has sprung. Been warm here the last few days. Still should get a few more pow days yet though.
That is not the most reliable method of measuring snowfall. Sticking a ruler in the snow hoping you stop the ruler at the boundary between the old and new snow. Better would be a made-made flat white surface to collect the snowfall which is then cleared after each measurement. Standard is a 30x30cm white board with a 100cm vertical 2x2cm attached in the center of the board.
Would that be this ruler that is cleared every 24 hrs and BTW is mounted to a wood platform.
he got you there Damian!
Not quite but they are rushing out to buy some white paint.....
Ha, I see the funny side of that
Cool. Appearing to be right on the very edge of a what looked like regularly bulldozer cleared parking area (?)... I wrongly assumed there was no fixed board. I should have just asked how the measurements were being taken.
To be fair, this technical measuring instrument was signed off and ratified by the Volunteer Web Site Treaty of Dubai and the Niseko Chamber of Dumpage and is calibrated every month.
Is the dump-calibrator qualified to calibrate dumps? I'm talking like ISO qualified.
Probably not ....... but its a worthy question.
sun peaks cert 4
Looking good again after a minor taper in snowfalls.
Niseko - Japan 85 cm
Whistler - Canada 38 cm
Fernie - Canada 27 cm
Hakuba - Japan 23 cm
Lake Louise - Canada 18 cm
Vail - USA 16 cm
Aspen Mountain - USA 16 cm
Big White - Canada 16 cm
Breckenridge - USA 15 cm
Mammoth - USA 12 cm
As reported by mountainwatch
No shit. Deep.
I would say im quite dump-qualified myself.
25 degrees forecast in Tokyo today!!!!!!
Unbelievable for this time in March
18.4 degrees at Hakuba overnight(5:11am) !!!!!!!!! crazy!!!
Followed by a quick burst of snow later today/tomorrow in central Japan.
White out in nozawa, light rain with temp drop should turn to snow soon.
Very quick drop in Hakuba!!!!!!!
Town weather station shows 18.4 degrees at 5:11am, at 10:00am, 2.7 degrees!!!!!!
And a 15 degree drop at Myoko in 2 hours!!!!!
On the coast at Takada, they had a 19 degree drop is 4 hours (16 degrees in the last two!! they still have 50cm of snow at 13m elevation!
Just turning to snow now in Echoland. Got warm this morning. Jumped 13 degrees in an hour up to 18 at 5am
Courtesy of 360niseko
Nagano has dropped 6 degree between 10-11am
You can see the progress of the cold air here:
Hokkaido nice and cold!!
One suburb of Tokyo has hit 27.1 degrees!!!!!
That's around the average temperature for Tokyo in JUNE!!!! (first month of summer)
Wouldn't surprise me if that's some kind of record. Especially when you consider that the average temperature for Tokyo in March last year was 12.5 degrees!!
27.7 degrees (11:47am) in Fuchu, and 28.0 degrees in Nerima!!!! (Tokyo Suburbs)
Nerima 28.8 degrees!!!!
What the hell is going on???
Nerima has dropped 12 degrees in one hour!!!!!!!!
Yesterday's temperature in Tokyo was a record. Earliest +25 degree day since records started in 1876.
I couldn't find any info on Nerima's 28.8 degrees (Was a record as well)
It didn't happen in Yokohama, but in Tokyo there was a bit of a dust storm (combined with sudden drop in temperature with humidity).
Not a full blown duststorm, but it was very hazy.
Dust storm shrouds Tokyo in haze
Posted: 10 March 2013 1838 hrs
TOKYO: A huge dust storm hit Tokyo Sunday, blanketing the city with brown dust that darkened the skies and rapidly transformed what had been a clear and sunny day.
Visibility in the capital deteriorated quickly as dry dust particles whirled through the air.
Meteorologists said the phenomenon was caused by a sudden cold front, and was not linked with the suffocating pollution that hung over the Chinese capital Beijing last winter.
"A rapidly developing low pressure system in the north was moving down south. It was bringing a snow storm in the north, and strong winds in Tokyo and surrounding areas," said a meteorologist at the Japan Meteorological Agency.
"In the Kanto region (Tokyo and surrounding areas), the strong winds picked up dry dust particles from the ground, which lowered visibility," he said.
The phenomenon was expected to be temporary, and rain should strip the dust from the air, he said.
Japan and other regional countries have voiced concern about the impact of airborne pollution drifting from their influential neighbour.
The toxic haze that periodically blankets parts of China has been blamed not only on emissions from coal burning in power stations but also on fumes from vehicles on the traffic-clogged streets of the world's largest largest auto market.
Media reports have said that environment ministers from Japan, China and South Korea will meet in May to discuss ways to combat air pollution.
Pic stolen from mates FB of the sand storm