Japanese snow season 2016-17

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  1. Sandy

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    But before last week, they were coming in every 4 days or so... Looks more like stretching out to 7 days towards the end of the year.
    Long range has got Tokyo snow written all over it on the 27th!!! It's two weeks out though.
     
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    Edgy from last season - feels like establishment of sustained lake effect is coming in later last few years?
     
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    Honestly, wandering lows aren't even that uncommon in Japan during winter.
     
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    No!! You forget too easily ;) The previous season was an incredible season, huge falls of snow, and very early as well. The previous season was also a bit early.
     
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    Geez.... it's only December :)
     
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    Just don't
     
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    Yes, and even that year there were a couple of weird wandering low rain then snow events the 3rd week of Jan and 1st week of Feb.
     
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    Arriving monday, seems to dry up until thursday at least! dang
     
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    yeah been on the cards for a bit - weather is still 'messy'

    I am hoping there are glimpses of another step down towards winter from Christmas eve - hints are on GFS charts
     
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    Heavy rain in Yokohama & Tokyo overnight. Luckily, it was lighter north of the mountains in central Japan, so not huge damage done to the fragile early season cover.... the weekend snow has packed down though, which is good for the base.

    Temperatures are now dropping towards freezing in Niigata/Nagano.
     
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    TJ (whitehorse hotel) Hakuba facebook reporting 20cm from mid mountain. Also reported 5-10cms yesterday, so not bad at all for Hakuba.
     
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    Which mountain do you mean? Happo or Tsugaike?

    No snow at the bottom of either, which is still normal for the first half of December.
     
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    According to the report he didn't say which mountain. ;)
    https://www.facebook.com/hakuba1/
     
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    And January. Well, in 2016 anyway.
     
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    Ok, the first photo(today) is Hakuba 47. Yesterday's is at the bottom of Happo, but would have been washed out by rain overnight.
     
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    I was at Hakuba for a week, from January 13th, and there was definitely top to bottom snow there. A little thin at the bottom though.
     
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    I was also there.

    I remember the sadness well.
     
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    Slowly getting there....

    Yuzawa: 2.2C (340m)
    Sekiyama: 2.6C (350m)
    Nozawa Onsen: 1.8C (576m)
    Hakuba: 2.1C (703m)
     
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    Much better!!! :D

    @Crispy013, I've changed the "-" to ":" so you don't get the impression it's minus degrees. Do you want me to do the same to your original post, or will you do that?
     
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    Whoops! I can see the confusion it may cause. I've lost my editing rights, so might have to be an admin job :rolleyes:
     
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    Ok, no worries!! :D
     
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    IMO, the central Japan resorts will go below freezing at the bottom, about early/mid afternoon. Then snow should persist until Saturday.
    Not on the JMA forecast, but there's a good chance of snow in Tokyo sometime around Thursday/Friday!!!! :D
     
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    Hands down, this is the best forum. You guys are legends. Loving the info.
     
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    Same day, same valley, two different reports. Which one seems more objective?

    You have looked outside and rolled back over. 11am comes along and all of a sudden you see the pics of faceshots galore. Which person are you today? Fresh snow on the cams mid mountain and plenty of it fell last night. Difficult to say how much but lets say at least 20cms to get you movin. Happo is looking good but Goryu, 47 and Tsugaike will satisfy too. Pics to come :)

    warm temps for the last 24 hours. About 18mm of rain measured at valley bottom. This might translate into 20-30cm new snow around 2000m. Maybe rain fell down to 1800m yesterday, then turning to snow down to 1600m overnight for perhaps 10cm. Just starting to cool now, and snow lightly at 800m. So far we have a poor skiing warm December with very little snow below treeline (1900m), but reasonable amounts in the upper alpine. Good news; the next few days will look and feel like winter again. But the longer term forecast (which is always hard to trust) indicates more warm weather coming around the 20th-23rd.
     
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    I know which one I would choose to believe after a few days.
    Has the first report really embellished the snowfall figure by 100%??
     
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    Damian's reporting always sounds so negative - but he's honest
     
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    Latest GFS Zulu is out - still a wait for a classic big dump IMO
     
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    Would you guys say it's too early days to worry about Hokkaidos' interestingly slow start?
     
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    Slow start?
     
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    Too early, it's actually not that slow. I got burned in Honshu last season so I'm looking forward to big dumps kicking in but currently we are not seeing an outlier in terms of snowfall. Lots of top-ups in the charts for coastal Hokkaido IMO
     
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    Hmm. I suppose it isn't slow.. but in comparison to the norm? I guess I'm going off by 2014/15 season!!
     
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    I know I know!! Inexperienced haha. Only my 3rd year and every year I anticipate more then what I should! Scarred by Australian ski fields.
     
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    Positive news!! Honshu.. poor bugger. It was a tough season!
     
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    a 50cm base depth delta at this time of year I would say you could argue is within the margin of error given the amount of snow you can get using Niseko as a yard stick - one big dump can make the difference this time of year
    Now: http://www.snowjapan.com/japan-daily-snow-weather-reports/Niseko-Now

    Then: http://www.snowjapan.com/japan-daily-snow-weather-reports/Niseko-Now/14th-December-2014
     
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    Snow accumulation in the next 10 days GFS, GEM and EC
    Central Honshu - GEM 65cm, EC 100cm and GFS 85cm
    Hokkaido - GEM 30cm, EC 50cm and GFS 55cm
    This should be a great leadup to Christmas.
     
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    So we still await some epic biblical falls in Hokkaido?
     
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    I get so excited when I see the first 'BIBLICAL' in Sandy's predictions LOL
     
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    It's heart warming!!!
     
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    Hazard a stab for furano/tomamu based on that?
     
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    Maybe, but quite biblical in Central Honshu.
     
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    30-35cm
     
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    Are you saying it's been Biblical in central Honshu already?
     
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    No, the forecast for the next 16 days.
     
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    My definition of Biblical is 150cm+ in 3-4 days. ;)
     
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    I'm a pretty poor amateur but when I look at the charts over the next week or two I keep seeing big warm, wet fronts coming in. Must be reading these wrong?
     
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    Yes, just look for the N or NW wind over Central Honshu.
     
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    Looks like heavy snow in Yuzawa town again:thumbs: